Tunnels, Holes, and Labyrinths
Only Trail Intro
the Edge Trail
on the Bent Trails
Jack, and Jordan
Holes, and Labyrinths * Magic
* Introduction * Wheels
in the Garden
Outside the Garden
The trike only trail began as alternative
to our other garden paths, taking advantage of the unique perspective
you get from riding a recumbent trike. It was originally limited
to bent trikes because of its low ceiling, and later, a bridge
of three narrow tracks. A year later, new additions to the trail
include tunnels, holes, and labyrinths.
This is the rhododendron tunnel.
Animal tunnels under my brush piles gave me
an idea for the bent trail.||
The rhododentron tunnel is also a hole. Heavy
late May rains made for a wet tunnel transit.
The oak tree tunnel is built on a framework
of oak limbs, with other branches and leaves woven in to simulate
a serpentine cave.
I am still in the process of covering it.
The two- segment cherry tree tunnel was created
the same way, using other trees as they became available.
Getting into the pond was easy,
and out was possible,
but the bridge was a little low.
Some digging took care of that problem.
Expanding the idea of tunnel, I visualized
riding under the bridge to the bamboo forest.
Under a bridge led to under a bench, a rolling
recliner slipping between the legs of and oversized lawn chair.||
The rhododendron tunnel and the bamboo bridge
were the first holes; the Port Orford Cedar dip is another. It
is so named for the seven trees planted around it. When they
grow, it will gradually become a living tunnel.|
The idea for a labyrinth came from the twisted
trunks of two apple trees, which lived their previous incarnation
as a bench.||
In June of 2010, record heavy rains softened
the ground and weighted down the leaves so much that it all toppled
over. I mourned the loss of the Blenheim,
a delicious heirloom apple, but immediately began to see possibilities
for the unique branching structures. How many places could I
fit through on a trike? Four. There
are advantages to having more than one obsession.
The apple tree trunks are woven in with Beauty
of Littleworth rhododendrons to make an intricate labyrinth,
with multiple entrances and exits.
It was so much fun riding through this
maze, I tripled the size of it, using trunks from several other
kinds of trees. Unlike the tunnels, no leaves are woven into
the labyrinths so that their complex structures remain visible.
It is exciting to see how fast you can
go through the labyrinth without running into anything.
I arranged the Alaska Cedar labyrinth mostly
from straight logs of various evergreen trees. It has a heavier
feel than the apple tree labyrinth, but the rider still has to
navigate a circuitous route through it.
These structures were all made from blowdowns
and prunings on the property over the course of a year. I wonder
what the trike only trail will look like with the next ten years
or so of windstorms and trimming.