When we started looking for property we had a list of qualities we knew we wanted. Trees were high on the list but we soon found out that in Colorado finding that perfect mix of trees and open space was harder than it seemed. In the end we found a place that fit most of our criteria but it lacked the trees we were hoping for.
On the day of our inspection Ty and I decided to walk the property line and in doing so we discovered a giant old pine tree that sits on the very edge of the property. The branches are so large and heavy that they touch the ground creating the perfect secret hideout to play in. The first time we took the kids to see the tree they discovered that they weren’t the only ones interested in using the tree for a hideout. At least one owl uses it on a regular basis so there were pellets and small animal bones all around the tree. Soon after their discovery the kids dubbed it ….. you guessed it, The Bone Tree. When we began testing out names for the farm, and there were a lot, we soon realized our children had named it on their first day here.
It is strange how quickly this tree became the symbol of why we wanted to move to a place like Elizabeth and own land to begin with. I wanted my kids to get to experience nature and being outside without having to worry about anything. They have “hiked” to the Bone Tree many times alone with just the two dogs trailing after them to keep watch. They feel like they are free and on an adventure and I can watch them the whole time from my kitchen window. They have climbed this tree and swung from its branches. They have found hidden treasures beneath it and seen animals galore playing in it’s treetops. For us this is how childhood should look. I imagine there will be a tree house built within those sturdy confines and maybe for the brave at heart a sleepover or two beneath the stars. It may not be much but this one old Bone Tree was enough to let us know we had found our home.