In 2007, I went to Silver Lake, Washington, looking for good deals on property. I had been running a company specializing in stamped, decorative concrete, but the economy hit my business hard and I wanted to take on a project. In the middle of the lake, an island full of huge fir and cedar caught my attention. I immediately envisioned a park-like atmosphere with tree houses, a place where people could get away from their day-to-day and be a kid again.

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