The Cinder Cone: A Head in the Trees and A Dream on Wheels

As kids we dream about build­ing forts. We want secret pas­sages, hid­den rooms, or a fort high up in the trees, but we don’t have the skills to pull it off. So we use what we find lying around: scat­tered sticks, pil­lows, card­board box­es, or a snow­bank to con­struct our lit­tle dreams.

Then we get old­er and gain all sorts of skills, swing­ing a ham­mer, run­ning a skill­saw, or at least befriend­ing folks who know how. And we actu­al­ly have the abil­i­ty to bring those dreams to life, but we run up against obsta­cles like time, mon­ey, or fear to fol­low our imagination. 

That’s why this video is so refresh­ing. It taps into a child­ish imag­i­na­tion to build some­thing that’s not nec­es­sar­i­ly prac­ti­cal, but entire­ly cool.

Fos­ter Hunt­ing­ton and crew nail their dreams with this mul­ti-tiered tree fort and skat­ing bowl in the Colum­bia Gorge. And they cap­ture it all with some old-timey, nos­tal­gic scenes that remind us, no mat­ter how far-fetched, to fol­low our dreams.