Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What I Got For Ten Bucks

As a kid I’d climb into the maple tree in front of our apartment building. Quietly I’d grab the lowest arm, and lift my leg over top. I’d push off the trunk with the other foot, twist my body up, and pull until I hoisted myself into the tree. Phew! Looking down to the grass below, I’d see that my knees and arms were red and scraped. A small price to pay for the time I would spend as an honorary branch.
            Slowly and carefully I’d keep going up, until I reached the one long bough that was nearly parallel to the ground. There were built-in handrails just above, so I could slide my hands along the way and feel secure. I’d creep out from the trunk to a spot over the sidewalk below. From the leafy hideout I could see people walking up and down the street, and it thrilled me to be hidden above them.
            I heard someone come out of my building, but I didn’t want to move my head to see through the green screen. Although I couldn’t tell who it was, I accepted the mystery in order to protect my safehouse. Eventually they’d get in their car and drive away, and I’d breathe again. I even dressed in green and brown to hide in my environment.
            Still today there’s nothing more torturous than spotting a huge canopy that goes up forever, and no low branches to get me in there. I want to blend in with nature again…to see if the birds will forget about me and land alongside.
            When I heard about EarthJoy Tree Adventures, I knew I could travel back in time. I wanted  to climb again! I went for a ten dollar taste, and found Shelly. She is darling. Not only is she passionate about trees, she knows how to climb them. Hubby Bill also beams joy and confidence. Not for one minute was I nervous or worried. I was circled in safety by both my climbing harness and by the dear Byrnes!
            Do I recommend them? Completely. Will you have a blast? Absolutely. Should you go have a ten dollar taste for yourself? Hop on over to  and get out there this weekend. And don’t forget to wear green and brown. 

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