A couple of weeks ago before school started back up this boy and I found ourselves home alone. I had plenty of the usual chores that needed to be done, but instead I asked him if he wanted to go for a bike ride with me. So that’s just what we did. A bike ride with Nate means you get to be an Explorer of the World. At least our little piece of the world. We rode to the local 5 and dime and bought soda in glass bottles; Stewart’s Key Lime for me and Frostie’s Concord Grape for him. We then headed across the railroad tracks to a tiny, seldom used park.
We climbed up into this lookout and spent at least 30 minutes discussing tree houses. and what features each of our tree houses would have. Nate’s will have an underwater entrance, similar to a beaver’s dam, and it will also have a rope ladder that can be pulled up, and a locking hatch door. Mine will have lot’s of windows, and be made of industrial type materials, like that sweet piece of steel in the lookout above.
Hopping back on our bikes we took alleys, and rode around the more industrial, worn out part of town.
We ended up finding this abandoned warehouse, our new secret spot! Walking around in the expansive emptiness and wondering why it’s no longer in use. Well, besides the fact that half of the roof is gone. I think we both felt a little thrill of trespassing here and wondering if/when someone would show up to kick us out. I think I found a conduit to my own 11 year old self, and you know, I kind of miss the adventures of that time in life.
If the saying is true – that time is money – then I’d say that Nate and I had a million dollar afternoon!