A bed outdoors

I like to spend a lot of time outdoors, even in the winter and cold weather. There are many benefits from doing this, but let me just sum it up as a sense of well-being. In order to spend more time outdoors, I will very often camp, setting up my bed in a tent or using a hammock and tarp combination.

A possible bed in the undercanopy

However, the ultimate outdoor bed has to be the one that is made from natural materials and makes use of the natural landscape. That means I am always on the lookout for suitable spaces and materials whenever I am out and about. 

So imagine my surprise when I was out in the forest and came across the site shown above. This possible bed was in a very secluded place and was easily large enough for two people. It was well sheltered from the elements and would provide a decent place to spend the night, even in the coldest of weathers. A lot of the branches used in this structure had been broken. Now for me, that is a big no-no. As a wild camper I would make use of dead, fallen wood, but snapping the branches off trees in a forest you don’t own, amounts to criminal damage in my book.

If this bed had been made by a bear, or some creature of that sort of size, I would not be surprised. There is only one slight problem, we don’t have bears in our area. Nor do we have cougars (of the large cat variety) or mountain lions. The largest possible animals we have in the area would either be cows or deer, neither of which would be likely to have built this. So that leaves us with only two options, it was either man-made or built by a creature that we are not already aware of. As the snapped branches were quite slim, I am going with man-made. So that does mean I am not the only person wandering the remote areas of the forest. I wonder if our paths will ever cross?

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