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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The World’s Largest Treehouse; New Friends; Wire Trees

We are still in Crossville, TN, awaiting the completion of my dental work. In a couple of days we should be ready to hitch-up and head off to continue our journey of living and loving life. I loved Bill and Nancy’s comment ……..” you just weren't done doing what you need to do where you are doing it!!”. I think they were right. We have had more time to explore this area, and to spend with Bill and Gloria, our new friends that we met here at the campground.




We visited the “World’s Largest Treehouse” which is in Crossville. The treehouse stands 10-stories high and is roughly 10,000 square feet. It is built by a minister who had a “divine vision” to build the structure which is mainly supported by a single large tree that makes up the foundation. He has been working on the project for 16 years and has cost around $12,000. He has used only recycled lumber, most of which was given to him.



While there, we spotted a bullfrog – notice the feet hanging out of his mouth? He was eating another frog! He sat along the edge of the pond a very long time, trying to digest his lunch.



Our new friends, Bill and Gloria, left the campground over the weekend, as his Dad was in hospice and not expected to live much longer. We talked to them yesterday, and he did pass away on Sunday. We wanted to do something special for them, as a token of our appreciation for sharing all of their experiences and knowledge of our new home. They have the same brand of RV and truck that we have, and he is a retired Air Force mechanic with lots of good habits!

During his college years, Phil made wire trees to sell for extra money. They were purchased by specialty shop owners, and sold all over the country. In the last few years, he has made only a few and those were given to friends and family. We wanted to do something special for Bill and Gloria, and I suggested Phil twist a tree in memory of Bill’s Dad, and as a reminder of the value of love and friendship. We searched for the perfect rock, which we found in the campground. The rock is “Crab Orchard Stone” which is indigenous to this part of Tennessee. The sandstone is sought after around the world for its durability and color. Here is the wire tree that we will pass along to Bill and Gloria.


And, another picture of the beautiful stone from the Stone Museum in downtown Crossville. 


Life is good, and Hanni is happy!


 

11 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

if Hanni is happy everyone is happy!..enjoy your stay in Tennesse..and good luck with the dental work!!

Diane Human said...

Sounds like you are having a good journey so far. I will see you tomorrow for a "final lunch"...and yes, I will cry again! Love you!

Deborah said...

Yes, the journey is good....and it helps having Skype Happy Hour with my friend Diane!

Nancy and Bill said...

The wire tree is beautiful!! Never seen anything like that before. It is a Special Gift :o))

Betsi said...

the tree is beautiful. Sounds like your adventure is going well. Take care and keep blogging!!

Merikay said...

Love the tree. Nice thought for your friends.

squawmama said...

Glad you had such a great time with your new friends... that is the best part of traveling aound the country. Sorry to hear about your friends Dad!!! The tree is lovely and I am sure they will cherish it forever.
Have fun & Travel safe
Donna

heyduke50 said...

loved the shot of the bullfrog...

Judy and Emma said...

Nice tribute for your friends...

Laurie and George said...

How nice that you are still there, to be with your friends. Love the tree that Bill made, wow!

Me and My Dog said...

I've seen trees like that, beautiful! Wonder if I've seen any of Phil's trees?
You sure look comfortable in the last photo! :)