One of the many things I liked to do as a kid was build forts out of everything. I’m sure most kids are like this. Well I started off with the parents couch, which was perfect for forts. The cushions were square and firm, perfect for building up. I later moved onto tree-forts and I had a lot of those in the backyard.
Well this afternoon I got to relive some of my childhood and build a fort on Long Beach out of drift wood. I’m on Vancouver Island up on the west coat at Long Beach, which is south of Tofino.
My fort is built strong to withstand the elements. It has several large logs as support beams and is right up a wall of brush. I also started to dig down in the sand a little as I knew I would not be able to make the roof very tall.
Arched logs at the front of the structure create the arch of the roof and support the centre beam that runs to the back of the structure. From there cross logs were places as the roof.
With the sand I used to dig out inside I used as a small barrier on the opened to make it small to again protect from the elements. In the above photo you can also see how I used twine I scavenged from around the beach to bind the arch.
Here you can see the slightly dug out area inside the fort. You will also note the giant gaps in the roof. Now if I were to actually want this to protect me from the weather I would want a short distance away to the bush and gather several branches to place over these logs to make them water tight.
It is a pretty cool little fort and hopefully a kid comes along and spends sometime playing in it.
See I could be on survivor no problem. 😉