I haven't finished my destruction series--which is good because I will be traveling this week!
I have many hundreds of photos of the Swiss Family Treehouse into Tarzan's Treehouse. Some of them start to look the same after awhile (particularly given the low resolution). The following ones nicely capture the change, though, and show some real live destruction!
The first two photos are from March 9, 1999, the day after it closed. You can see that hardly anything had yet changed:
I took this one on March 18. You can tell the sign was being carefully preserved for future sale:
A week later they were still filling up dumpsters with all that trash somebody had put on the tree thirty-seven years before:
By March 28, the ship's wheel still sat untouched, though the rest of the room was gone:
The final ones are from April 5, and show destruction in action! While a worker up above saws off a limb (yeah, you read that right), another one down below hacks at the base of the tree:
By hanging to watch the construction so much, I did manage to snag my own branch, courtesy of Bruce Gordon. He actually had to do a bit of scrambling to get it for me. And, of course, he offered no help for how to get it out of the Park! Rather than blithely try to walk out of there with a branch, I took off my sweatshirt and then carried that in my hands like I was holding a baby. Nope, nothing suspicious there! To my surprise, I encountered no problems. This is what it looked like when I got it home:
I just realized the anniversary of my branch acquisition is on Tuesday; I'll have to throw a proper celebration when I get home!