One of my other favorite trees sat only about 20 feet from the front door of my home and I used a rope swing in it to sit and read.
Later on I got interested in short wave and ham radio. That meant stringing wire aerials so I spent a lot of time on roofs. That became a sort of hobby for me, much to the dismay of my wife. But she knew about it before she married me. She took this picture of me in our "courting days."
There's something special about being up high and looking down that appeals to me. Still I remember once I was hired to help a man paint our church. But when I got up to the scaffold, only about ten feet from the ground I was scared to death and couldn't do it.
Another memory comes of a time when SWMBO and I had been out with a couple of friends and we probably had too much to drink. There was a lightning storm flaring in the sky to the south of us so I immediately climbed up on the roof to get a better view. The other three refused to join me and kept telling me to come down. But I didn't until I felt the need for a cigarette (this was in my smoking days) and no one would toss one up to me.
I've never fallen from a tree or a roof, never hurt myself but I'm afraid my climbing days are over. There is a tree in our back yard that I have eyed a couple of times but it doesn't look like a good "climber".
If I could even get up to those cross branches I'm afraid they're too fragile and would break off, tossing me to the ground. At my age that would not be pleasant.
Recently we hired a yard man and he asked me if I wanted the palm tree in the yard trimmed. It had been awhile and there were a lot of dead fronds high up in the air. At first I declined but he seemed to want to do it. I asked him if he had a way to get up there and he said he did so I told him to go ahead. Later I saw that he had strapped some kind of barbs around his ankles, tossed a loop of rope around the tree and up he had gone. I wish I'd taken a photo but I didn't think of it at the time. I just watched him, with a bit of nervousness, as he worked high up in the palm tree.
I also kind of envied him.