The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Fern Greenbank
LOG Editor 

Farewell to childhood tradition


Courtesy of Kerry Romig

For almost 20 years, a rope swing at Bear Lake provided area kids with great childhood memories. On summer days, kids would kayak or canoe out to the rope and take turns swinging out over the water, perfecting the art of the splash. Recently, the tree that supported the swing for two decades finally came tumbling down. Kerry Romig, owner of the Last Frontier Trading Post, said her kids and all their friends cherish their memories of the lake and the swing. Romig said the young folks in the photograph above have now graduated high school.

The Gillespie family, who live on Bear Lake, have fond memories of the rope swing. Cathy, the mother of two sons, said the boys scared her to death with their high flying tricks off that swing with its 40-foot drop into the lake.

"When I would see them coming in from a day at the lake, I was so relieved because I know they were flying off that tree," said Cathy. "Just knowing they were doing back flips out there was scary."

Cathy said every winter the swing would ice over and get really heavy. Eventually, a crack occurred at the beginning of the summer and the old tree finally gave way.

Courtesy of Kerry Romig

The Gillespie boys, Austin and Dylan, both say it's sad to see the tree and swing gone. Though, there is a second rope swing higher than the original that is still functional.

"It was our major source of entertainment as kids," said Austin. "The original swing was like training wheels. Once you mastered that, you could move to the platform higher up."

The rope went down with the tree and the boys aren't sure it can be salvaged.

"It's probably so water logged that it would be too heavy to haul up," said Austin.

Dylan said he's been told the swing was placed there in the '90s and he's not sure who put it there.

"It is sad," said Dylan. "We spent so much time there. I think I was about seven when I first started swinging out there. But, there is still that second swing."


Reader Comments

nnm writes:

friend ofmine noel Jordan in Camp Verde, they have one similar by the river there...


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