{ Around and About: Beacon Arbor }

I'd always been slightly jealous of my friends who recall stories about their special secret spaces - places they would run away to after a fight with their parents or places they would go to when they just wanted some time to be alone with their own thoughts. By the time my friends left for college their special secret spaces had gathered years upon years of memories! I didn't really have a permanent special secret space growing up because every 3 years I'd find myself packing up all my stuff and moving to a new country, to a new school, and to a new home. So when I arrived at Oberlin, knowing that I would be staying here for the longest time I've ever stayed in any single place, I went on a mission to make my own special secret spaces! Now they might not all be secret, but they all sure are magical! So for my first blog post, I wanted to share one of my special secret spaces: my Pocahontas Tree (also known as Beacon Arbor)!

I love sitting on the benches under the canopy on a beautiful day and taking some time to draw or read by myself. Some books on my current reading list include: The Everyday Language of White Racism by Jane Hill (for Intro to Linguistic Anthropology), 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (for the love of Murakami), my Neuroscience textbook (for the wicked pictures of all the cool stuff our bodies can do!), my Psychology textbook (for all the scary data of all the nutso stuff our minds can do), and On Beauty by Zadie Smith (simply for the soul). As a Visual Art major, it's also lovely to escape to for a breather after spending hours working away in the studio. My Pocahontas Tree is the best place to go to when you want to slow life down for a little bit. There's something about being enveloped by the leaves and branches of a 59 year old tree that can be so comforting and so meditative. Also, take out from Aladdin's tastes best under its warm beech leaves. And my Pocahontas tree is very nice to tree-climbers. I love finding the perfect little nook, the one that fits my body perfectly, and sitting there for hours while talking to a friend. If you've been there, you know what I mean. And if you haven't, come by and check out my Pocahontas Tree and make it yours as well!

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This is hands down the best climbing tree I have ever met! This tree and I spent many a quiet afternoon together the summer that I stayed in Oberlin. I'm glad you're open to sharing it. :)

Posted by: Ida on October 23, 2013 3:57 PM

I so agree with you, that is one of the most special places on campus. I've never heard it called the Pocahantas tree, though. Is that your own special name for it?

Posted by: Jan Cooper on October 24, 2013 2:13 AM

That tree is lovely and I will be sure to get acquainted with it after I return from across the world.

Posted by: Zoë on October 24, 2013 8:31 AM

Pretty sure you need to take me on a friend date at the tree after break!

Posted by: Kaïa on October 24, 2013 11:57 AM

Tinni, I read this post grinning the whole time, in part because I LOVE this tree oh so much and the arbor features prominently at the end of this blog post on giving tours in Oberlin by former blogger Aries Indenbaum '09.

Posted by: Ma'ayan on October 24, 2013 4:12 PM

...why did that post without the last sentence? Oh so strange.

In short, this post is delightful, and I can't wait to see what other locations are your secret spots on campus list!

Posted by: Ma'ayan on October 24, 2013 4:13 PM


I'm so happy you're a blogger now! We should blog together soon!

I didn't know that this tree existed before this post, I can't wait to be back from break and check it out. It's the tree next to the Art Museum, yes?

Posted by: Karalyn on October 25, 2013 12:11 PM

I remember meeting this tree as a prospie several years ago. I thought it so improbable and wonderful that an arbor would be constructed especially to protect a tree's roots and branches. I have always thought of it as delicate, too delicate to climb, which upon reflection is rather silly -- that tree will probably outlive us all. Thank you for your invitation to share, and for the beautiful photos. That nook in the second photo looks like a good one to explore.

Posted by: Griff on October 25, 2013 8:54 PM

Okay so I finally figured out how to reply to your comments without it looking like I'm simply talking to myself. YAYY! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my first post!

@Ida: It's my favorite tree to climb too! And that's saying a lot considering all the great trees we have around campus.

@Jan Cooper: I'm so glad to hear that someone else loves it and appreciates it as much as I do. And yes, the Pocahontas tree is a special name I gave it. Maybe it's because I always wanted to be Pocahontas and paint with the colors of the wind.

@Zoë: I'm sure the tree would love to hear the stories of all your travels!

@Kaïa: One friend date coming right up!

@Ma'ayan: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the link :)

@Karalyn: YAYY! That sounds awesome! And yes, it is the one near the Allen. Let
me know if you want to head over there together sometime, before it
gets really cold.

@Griff: Thank you! You'd be surprised by how strong trees can be. There are these really delicate looking trees outside Warner Gymnasium, but they are so much fun to climb especially when the flowers start blooming because then you are raised up into a cloud of white blossoms! I think it's all about working with the tree - you know, testing and respecting its limits.
Happy tree climbing!

Posted by: Tinni Bhattacharyya '16 on November 18, 2013 12:24 AM

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