We don't usually plan our holidays that far in advance, our mantra being: "Maybe next year, we will move back to England." So for six months, all we had was a couple of nights in a treehouse, and I finally started researching what else was in Oregon in March or so. Oregon proved to be a goldmine of things to do, but it was the treehouse that lured us in.
|Ewok Wish Fulfilment|
The house we chose was the Pleasantree (in the above picture), which we reached by two spiral staircases and two bridges. (There was a pulley to raise luggage.)
|Mind the branch on the first landing.|
|Lying in bed, with one foot touching the rafters.|
|If needed, you can sleep a fifth person in the crawlspace.|
|Looking down the ladder, this is basically the entire living area.|
|The sink and bathroom mirror were attached to the tree trunk.|
|Living space viewed from the bunk beds. Lack of surfaces was our biggest problem.|
|Behind the purple curtain in the above picture is this compact bathroom.|
In general, this whole stay worked out better than we could have hoped. The resort is a fairly small area, and we were able to let our five and seven year olds roam unsupervised. There are swings all over the place, a games area, picnic tables and a fire pit. My son didn't take long to make a friend and spent most of his time outside.
There was a stable right on site, so you could hear the horses and pet them if they were close to the fence. (While we were clearing out our room for check out, our daughter was down there chatting away to the stable girl setting up for the morning's rides.)
|Stable yard as seen from our porch.|
|Possibly the World's Greatest Tyre Swing|
There is a lot of waiting around, particularly when there is a large group, and that gets tedious... (You make friends with your group, and you learn all the guides' terrible jokes.) But the lines themselves were fantastic. We were seventy feet up a few times, a couple of lines took you at ridiculous speeds and I nearly took out the guide on one occasion when I didn't brake in time (the kids are light enough that they didn't need to brake), and all four of us had a blast.
|Seventy feet up.|
|This is me remembering to brake.|
Afterwards, my daughter and I tried out the riverfed pool.
|Water going in...|
|Water going out.|
Easily the most beautiful pool I have ever swum in, but I needed that incentive to swim--it was ridiculously cold. Of course, the day was so hot that the moment you got out it felt fantastic. I ended up swimming the length of the pool twice, while my daughter did the width two or three times, just for the rush.
|Even the floor of the pool was paved with riverstones.|