Saturday, July 21, 2012

His Side of the Forest

When I was about 8 or 9, I read the book My Side of the Mountain, about a boy inspired by Thoreau's writings, who leaves the city and makes his home in the wilderness (in the Catskills, I think).  Many years later I saw the movie with Theo Bikel & Teddy Eccles, but it wasn't as good as the 'theatre of the mind' I'd had while reading the book.

My Side of the Mountain.jpg

I think the urge to live for a time in the wild has always stayed with me.

This guy has done just that.  Though I can't condone the squatter mentality (it wasn't his family's land), or growing the dope, I do give the guy credit for his concealment ingenuity and carpentry skills:

If he had built one of Jay Shafer's tiny houses instead of that 10x20' Taj Majal in the woods, he might not now be homeless (and in jail)...


The Dude said...

Looks like the strart of a great Deer Stand

The Donald said...

Yeah, no need to roll out of the rack extra early to hike to a tree stand.

You could just prop open the window and glass the deer in your jammies.

'Course, that might cause you to ask, "Hey, who put deer in my jammies?!"