You might be wondering why I am blogging about a treehouse on my doula blog. Well, I went to Portland, OR last month for a DONA Birth Doula training. The training recommended getting an Airbnb for a place to stay while at the training. My training was 3 days long. Anyway, once I realized (in August) that I needed a place to stay, I looked on airbnb. There were rooms, tiny houses, and bunks available. Then I saw a listing for a treehouse! I thought, “That sounds like fun! I want to stay there.” I immediately contacted the host. She had done a GREAT job describing the treehouse. She wasn’t sure from my VERY brief message that it would be the best fit for me. She sent me a message stating such and I thanked her for her time and expressed interest in staying in the future. I also pointed out that I am a birth worker supporting mommas in childbirth and labor. She responded back that if I was still interested, that I could stay there!!! Wooo hoo!!
My workshop was for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So, I went to Portland on a Thursday. I found the location of the house and met with my host. She gave me a tour of the facilities (located in her backyard). That is when I realized that I might not have thought this all the way through. You see, even though there were pictures and descriptions, I somehow thought that there might be a ladder built into the tree to get up to the treehouse. I knew the house was in an apple tree and that it was only for one or two people. HOWEVER, it hadn’t dawned on me that I would have to CLIMB the apple tree like a 10 year old!! LOL! Yep! Up the tree I went! I asked how I was supposed to get my suitcase up the tree and my hosts reply was “You don’t”. So my suitcase stayed on the patio at the base of the tree.
I knew that there was a composting toilet in the garage and that it was private for me to use while I was staying there. But, I hadn’t really thought through the fact that if the toilet is in the garage, and I am sleeping in the tree…YUP! I have to CLIMB down the tree to use the facilities in the middle of the night! Wow! Maybe I should have thought this through better.
All in all I had a great time staying in the treehouse, as it was a lot like camping! I enjoyed the down time after such busy days in training.