Riding Saplings

I found this old, weather-worn wooden bench with hand-carved writing on it’s top, at a designated historical home near Stuart Virginia. The short story written on top gives one example of the sort of outdoor activities young and old alike enjoyed during the 19th and early 20th Century in America. Here’s what I read. I’d like to try it, but sadly I am far too old!

“One of the nicest things was riding saplings. You go out in the woods or in the edge of the woods and find a sturdy tree that had a young tree growing beside it. Then you’d climb up in the sturdy tree and reach out and get hold of the young tree and jump and it would just let you over to the ground.”


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