Ada and the Farm

One thing I really love about my current travels is the opportunity to catch up with friends in all corners of the country and see what they're doing with their wonderful lives. Last month I stopped through Nashville and had dinner with my good friend Hadassah who told me about her little sister Ada's treehouse in the boonies of North Carolina.

Generally when I hear tree house I think back to my childhood, growing up with Hadassah and Ada and to the completely ramshackle plywood/rustynails/ducttape/prayers contraptions which we classified as treehouses and were lucky to escape with our lives. So when she mentioned Ada's treehouse I had something similar in my minds eye. Then she pulled out her phone and started going through photos of the tree house. A better name for this wonder would be a House in a tree with an emphasis on House. It looked incredible. 20' off the ground, suspended by multiple trees and supports with funky angles, tons of windows, cupolas, crazy stairs and gorgeous mud work inside. 

I was dying to see this thing with my own eyes and to catch up with the lady behind it so today during my drive to Asheville I stopped by for six hours and got the full tour. What an incredible structure, way better than the pictures I'd seen or the pictures I was able to take. I photographed Ada and some of the friends who are her neighbors and fellow adventurous souls, many of whom have also built their own homes and are living off the land. 

Big thank you to Ada for having me for the day, and helping me cross skinny dipping with eight hippies, four dogs and one pretty awesome horse off my bucket list. I can't wait to visit again. 

Ada and the neighbors in her Treehouse.

Ada and the neighbors in her Treehouse.

Ada and Kari in front of their home.

Ada and Kari in front of their home.

The living room.

The living room.

Zeiss got his first horse riding lesson, and hated all five seconds of it. 

Zeiss got his first horse riding lesson, and hated all five seconds of it. 

He's better at napping under the tintype wagon. 

He's better at napping under the tintype wagon. 

Stevie, british backwoods pioneer. 

Stevie, british backwoods pioneer.