Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator


This is what I call innovative. I have always loved treehouses. Being a city kid, I rarely got to visit one. When I did, I just loved the panoramic view from above. It was all about fantasy.

My last treehouse visit was about two years ago at a home of Terri Weinstein in Coral Gables, Florida. It was very difficult to capture the structure in a photo because it was covered with branches and leaves. Getting up there was an experience. I think I still have some faded cuts.

There was no question about it. Once you were up there, the view was dreamy. You got the best view of the garden and the use of coral throughout the patio and pool area. We hung out for just enough time to truly remember why treehouses are just so much fun. Getting down was just as painful as going up.

Inventor Ethan Schlusser has a better alternative. He uses bike pedals that are connected to a pulley system to lift himself 30 feet up in the air. When he gets to just the right level, he climbs into his waiting tree-borne abode.

Make sure you watch the video above. If you have a better idea, let me know.

Meanwhile, here are some treehouses for adults.

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