Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Warning: Due to the graphic nature of the following photos, viewer discretion is advised.

It sounded like a tornado in our backyard. When I went to check on it, this is what I found. I called Greg and he came to help clean up. I was a little numb so the pictures aren't all that great. It looks like the all-thread, that was going through the tree and had the eye-nuts and cables attached to it, broke. This sent the southeast corner falling and then the house just slid off. The platform is still in relatively good shape considering one of the cables is no longer holding it. It is hanging, suspended by the other 3 cables and some branches that the east beam came to rest on.


Blogger rebecca marie said...

i GASPED loud enough that i alarmed my children. i am sooooo sorry.

Wed Dec 07, 07:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger Leo said...

Oh no! Jason, I am so sorry that happened. That is just horrible.

Wed Dec 07, 08:24:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, What can a person say? I am SO sorry buddy! Rhonda

Wed Dec 07, 08:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger Steven said...

This is really terrible. You must be devastated after all the hard work that you put into that tree house. I’m so glad that nobody was hurt during the incident.

Are you compelled to build another one? It could be like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The first one collapsed, they learned from their mistakes and rebuilt it, stronger and better.

Wed Dec 07, 09:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger Johnathan M. Thomas said...



Thank God you or anyone else was in it at the time... Really, thank God.

If you like, we could get the Katrina team back together... :-)

Sorry to hear about this. Let me know what I can do.


Wed Dec 07, 09:56:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kids and I said a prayer for you, shed a few tears and discussed how horrible it was to find your great project on the ground. We would love to help with anything we can - the kids kind of have a personal connection to the tree house. Let us know.


Wed Dec 07, 10:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger kristi w said...

Oh, Jason - I am so sorry! Trinity summed it up well: "My heart feels like it just broke. I really wanted to see the tree house. Jason must be really sad."

Wed Dec 07, 10:17:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Allan White said...


Jman, I am so sorry - I know you've worked so, so hard on that tree house - a labor of love.

Johno, I think you're right - we should get a crew down there before dysentery and cholera become a real threat. And think of the mold!!

Very sorry buddy, let me know how I can help. Call me, I'm working from home this week.

jfdrcxw: Manufacturer of AllThreads™, currently fending off lawsuits.

Wed Dec 07, 10:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Lindsey said...


Wed Dec 07, 11:24:00 AM PST  
Blogger Carol said...

What a terrible thing to happen. I too was thankful that you were not in there when it came down, or that no one was under it. I am so sorry

my "word" is irpcqln: something to settle your stomach

Wed Dec 07, 11:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger KMiV said...

Wow, good thing you were sleeping in there last night. We will miss seeing it during Nathan's track meets in the Spring.

Wed Dec 07, 01:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger Amanda Peterson said...

Tragic! Too soon to look forward to a great story to tell?

Wed Dec 07, 02:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Adam Wolfgang said...

OH NOOOOOOOO!!! I also screemed loud enough to scare my family! Isaac asked me how much money you lost! I told him that was the least of it. I hope you can salvage some, maybe I can come help sometime.

Wed Dec 07, 04:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jason Hill said...

It seems that for the past 9 months hardly a conversation has gone by where I didn’t give an update on the treehouse. Each of you has always listened with interest and enthusiasm, so I find it fitting that you would also share this with me. I am feeling quite a loss and my emotions waver between sadness, disbelief, anger, embarrassment and resolve. I can’t tell you right now what my future plans are except to safely secure what is still in the tree. I am impressed with how such a small structure could touch so many of us. I am especially moved by the thoughts of your children; please reassure them that no one was hurt and let them know I’m thankful for their concern and prayers. Thank you for being my friends

Wed Dec 07, 05:00:00 PM PST  
Blogger rebecca marie said...

no jason, thank you for sharing your treehouse with all of us via this blog. the progress pictures, the wonderful updates, the perspective of your dog. johnathan hit the nail on the head. after my initial shock wore off, i found myself thinking "oh, thank GOD no one was in it. i'd never even seen the treehouse, except through this site, and i feel your devastation. thank you for being jason enough to post your tragedy with a touch of humor.

Wed Dec 07, 06:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Johnny said...

I am so sorry too. From the pictures it looks like there is a lot of salvagable material. I know you will make something good come out of this.

Wed Dec 07, 07:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Cody Harrod said...

Man, that bites. If there is a work day for J's treehouse, count me in.

Wed Dec 07, 09:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Cheryl said...

"Mahway! Bahmbee! Chali!" That is Rutoro for "Oh my goodness!"and "Bless your heart!"

Many, many condolences from your friends in Ft Portal.

Thu Dec 08, 03:29:00 AM PST  
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Thu Dec 08, 09:54:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, This is Joseph in Memphis TN. sry to hear about what happened to your tree house. Good thing you werent sleeping in it at the time. Oh sry bout my spelling ive been IMing to much. LOL

Wed Dec 14, 09:06:00 PM PST  

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