Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The rope bridge wood was completed only moments ago. 224 slats 360 feet of cable slung across the valley and countless hours of Josh and Jamin's tireless work has brought us to the point where we can begin assembling the rope bridge. Today we will also tighten the cables between the diamond plates in preparation to hoist the rope bridge floor.
Were getting really excited to get the bridge up. The netting is on order and were in good standing. We are going to be pouring concrete footing soon for the zip line platform and entry stairs into the Frequency 0.
We will try to post more often as we are now getting into the final steps of the project. Bridge, frq. 0 steps, rope ladder into the sphere, and finishing details!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
So... can you picture it? We can. This will be the trajectory of the main connecting rope bridge. Today was an exciting day as we now have two free floating platforms to stand in. All that wood you saw in the last posting is transforming into the frequency O platform. Its a lot of wood to haul to the back of the valley but Elyses' strong back is getting the job done.
There is a new development regarding the entry into the treehouse world. Instead of a rope bridge entry into the treehouse there will be a swirling staircase that will intercept the main ropebridge at the entry into the spherical treehouse. This will give the treehouse goer many options upon entering the treehouse fantasy. Go left to the diamond shaped treehouse or go right to the spherical treehouse or decide you don't like treehouses because you remember your afraid of heights and you'ed rather be standing on the ground.
Were all looking forward to getting started on the rope bridges and connecting the two structures. After the completion of the frq. O deck this will be the next mission. So stay tuned in.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Our next big task is to purchase the wood for the rope bridge and assemble the frequency 0.
Mark and Jen, if any of your friends are avid metal detecting pros they will have a field day in your woods with all of the hardware that we have dropped on the ground!
Gail we certainly hope that we have a chance to meet you before we leave. If you are a fan of contemporary architecture I'm sure the treehouse will be a delight for you...and quite a surprise! Its one thing to see it in a picture but its another world to see it in person and get up in the tree. I'm sure you'll have no problem with the rope bridges, we're making them as easy, safe, and user-friendly as we can!
I talked with Bernardo today and he is going to come over so we can consider our options.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yesterday I gave the team the day off after working 90 hours in a week and a half! A well deserved break. We went to Santa Monica and hung out on the beach/pier. It was also Wade's last day on the job unfortunately so we decided to give him a farewell send off. Fortunately for Wade after many rounds of interviewing he was chosen for the position of Gortex "Rain Van" tour manager. The Wade of all Trades will be touring the country in a big van for the next six months soaking people in the back of his artificial storm Gortex van.
Today was a productive day with an early start. We stained all of the frq. 2 floor panels and created the floor curb. We also installed many of the permanent 1/2 aircraft cable hanging components. We also laid and cut the cable for the main rope bridge cables and zip line. Tomorrow we will finally start installing the floor beams and floor panels.
Elyse has been trying her hand in the kitchen lately and scored high marks with the team tonight after cooking up a breaded lemon chicken delight with all the fixins'. Go Elyse! We don't mind testing her creations. Thanks to Mark and Jen for their gracious hospitality! We're keeping the place tidy with frequent sweep jobs.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Oh, I forgot to mention before we arrived in the lovely town of Silverthorn we encountered quite an unusual problem. As I was pumping gas Cory realized not all of the gas was actually making it into the gas tank. After a swift analysis of the situation we moved the van and took a closer look. It turned out that there was a hair line crack in the rubber gas line that leads to the tank. After locating in the van some of my handy dandy sticky gum tape we repaired the leak and we were off once again. The situation was sticky and dirty!
Posting from Silverthorn Colorado. It is here that our 96' Econoline Ford Van encountered some radiator trouble coming through a steep mountain pass. We are optimistic and spirits are still high but we will need to stay here until Monday. The kind mechanics are allowing us to start on certain parts of the build that are not contingent upon us being on site. This should allow us to stay on schedule in light of our delays. Last night we completed a frequency 0 pre-assembly to ensure speed and accuracy on site.
We are going to put in a full day today and hope to later enjoy the accommodations of a full spa and health club just a few blocks away.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Dustin Feider / The Tree Man
Elyse LaCosse / The Go - To
Elyse is a diehard member of the O2 family, having experienced the pain of hanging for hours constructing the treehouse floor, and the joy of standing on that floor! She is also the first initiate into the O2 Road Trip Hall of Fame. Elyse is our go-to as project manager, eco-tourism lead, treehouse builder, and resident masseuse. Recently graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she holds a B.S: Visualization with studies in Sustainable Design. Elyse's true passion is traveling, she wants to go anywhere and everywhere and take O2 with her. Elyse studied Sustainable Tourism Development while in London and is ecstatic to be heading up our eco-tourism ventures. She is most interested in designing holistic systems; considering the economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts of design. She will bring this concept to our eco-tourism projects to work with the local cultures, not for them. When she's not "all things treehouse", Elyse is dreaming about her next adventure, reading travel books, doing yoga, working on her own designs, and helping develop curriculum as a teaching assistant for an MCAD class, Aesthetics of Sustainability.
Wade Cordts / The Wade of all Trades
Corey Koenen / The Beach Bum
Raised amongst the wild of Wisconsin, Josh McKevitt moved to Minneapolis in 2000 to pursue an education at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. There he focused primarily on film studies as well as animation, graphic design, and illustration.
Heather Feider / The Raw Foodie