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Local man builds tropical oasis in backyard by hand

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With summer coming to a close, a local man is trying to extend the long, sunny days just a little longer by turning his backyard into a Polynesian oasis.

When Dana Fryer is above ground fixing a leaky roof he goes by the name Dr. Roof, but down on the ground he goes by a different name.

"It got the name Cabana, hence how I got the name Cabana Man," said Fryer.

Cabana Man started his backyard project when someone cut down the trees behind his back fence. All of a sudden his private backyard wasn't so private.

"I think it's spectacular. In fact, I keep asking him if I can build a door in the fence so I can just open it and come on over," said next door neighbor Devin Humpage.

Humpage remembers when the project started with some bamboo, planted to replace the trees.

"He dug a trench 3 to 4 feet deep, 3 to 4 feet wide, 70 feet long by hand. He dug that with a shovel," said Humpage

The Cabana complex now includes a waterfall complete with a tide pool that flows in and out.

A huge bar serves as the centerpiece where friends and neighbors gather to swap stories. There is also a cave that has a treasure chest.

Fryer built all of it by hand.

"I rate all my projects by how many beers I go through and this was a...oh geez...a 74 beer project," said Fryer. "It's just kind of over the top, almost a sickness. What's really cool especially in the summer time, I can come out here and just kick back. I'm facing the bar, I'm facing the tide pool. I don't know I'm in Oregon."

Fryer calls the Cabana a cross between the tropics and Disneyland. Whatever you call it, it's brought a lot of smiles to those who go there to escape and to dream, if only for a little while.

And of course behind every great Cabana Man, is a Cabana Woman.

Fryer said none of his creations would have been possible without the understanding and help of his wife Julie, who not only puts up with his tropical obsession but also has been known to tend bar when needed.

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