One fort was a six foot high wooden platform right by the stream. With a rope we lowered a large glass jar into the stream that we could pull up when we wanted a drink. The stream was always flowing and the water was quite cold. My brother and I played many imaginary games in the fields, and the fort was our safe haven from any enemies.
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Our other fort was a small A-frame building with a door. The outside was covered in corrugated aluminum siding, probably left over from his garage. Inside there was a wooden table and two small chairs, all built by Grandpa. If my brother left me alone I always found this little house to be a bit scary, especially if I saw spider webs. Once we saw a rattlesnake in the field and I was terrified. I screamed, jumped on my brother's back and made him run all the way back to the house, over the little bridge.
At our WA home my husband and I built a wooden play structure for our girls following a kit design. Our house had a covered RV parking space and we were able to build there, keeping the kids out of the frequent northwest rains. It was two levels with a slide and swing. The neighbor kids came over frequently and everyone had a great time playing, even me.
"For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God."