Today; tree day! It was a warm and sunny day, a perfect day to head to the mountains for a Christmas tree! Gloves and a warm coat seemed enough --- but as the mountains came into view, snow could be seen at the highest points. Oh dear, I should have brought my boots! As we traversed up the mountain, we were glad for four-wheel drive as the snow appeared and got deeper and deeper. We arrived on the mountaintop on a day filled with perfect displays of light and shadow; sunshine and clouds on ridges and bowing, snow-laden trees. It was like arriving at another world.
I really did miss my boots as we started trekking through the woods in search of the perfect tree. An foot of new snow and my Nike's made a cold combination! But finding that perfect tree was important, so I followed in Brent's tracks as we hiked through our woods. A perfect tree means one that not only makes a pretty Christmas tree, but one that won't be missed in the woods. So, a tree that might grow to crowd out another, or is in a hidden hollow is what we looked for.
Others had been through the woods before us; we followed deer, elk, squirrel, and bear tracks as they wove through the woods. Each year we talk about marking a Christmas tree when we can see it without snow, but somehow we never get it done. This year was no exception. Brent carried a broom to brush off snow as we looked for a tree that wasn't too lopsided, crooked, or sparse in spots.
Eventually we found the one; the perfect tree in a spot where it wouldn't be missed. We are quite particular about trees. Those growing in prominent or sparse places in our woods are nurtured. But in far corners of the densest woods or where crowding is happening, they can be cut to allow light to come in or to give space for little trees to grow. Brent brushed off our find and it seemed straight and symmetrical. We hiked back to the cabin to get the pick-up and chainsaw, then returned to the 'perfect tree' to cut down and bring back to grace our home.
Isn't it pretty? It's safely home, soon to be graced with lights and ornaments. The adventure of getting the tree was as fun as decorating it will be. It was a good day.