As a kid growing up in Geistown, one of the new suburbs of Johnstown, PA I had the choice of finding something to do or my mother would say “Go play outside or I will find something for you to do (work). Off I would go looking for my neighborhood fiends or maybe just climb up my grandparents maple tree and watch what was happening in the tree top.

It was an old Norway Maple and I could jump for a low branch and then climb up to the crown of the tree. Once safely up to my spot, I would get comfortable and just sit and watch. No one knew I was there and the leaves hid me from view. Looking down I could view the ground from a bird’s perspective and I found that the birds would accept me if I was quiet and still. The branches were always alive with ants and insects climbing around, sometimes a gray squirrel would scamper by and bugs were flying in and out of the outer layer of leaves. Nests were built, chicks hatched and fed, then later they would fledge to become next year’s nest builders in my tree.

Most of us are too old (and wise) to free climb a big tree and enjoy the view from the tree canopy as I did in my youth. I few years ago Linda and I visited Myakka State Park and enjoyed the canopy walk.

Check out this video: Canopy Walkway and Tower at Myakka River State Park – YouTube

Our next canopy walk occurred while we were in Tasmania, Australia

Tahune AirWalk

The Tahune Airwalk got us through and above the forests of Tassie and gave us an unmatched view of the rivers and mountains of the world heritage site.

The summer of 2017 we visited the Wild Walk at Tupper Lane in New York.

Wild Walk at tree levelNesting for life

Each of these tree canopy experiences brought back my memories of “my tree” and now we are considering a tree canopy walk for Nathan’s Divide. Watch for more updates on progress with “Nathan’s Airwalk” as part of our plans for Nathan’s Divide.

Dave Lester