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it wasn't supposed to snow...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

or at least, that's what we thought. all summer and fall we've been walking and running along forest roads north of town where christmas trees can be cut for a $5 permit. and we'd finally picked up the permit this week, and planned to cut the tree on friday. DH had his eye on one from one of our walks earlier this fall, and it was up a fairly steep road - which he promised me would be just fine. so we woke up to a snowy morning, but it didn't seem to be sticking... much. we parked the car at a spot where most of the car tracks ended, and eventually were walking on this forest road with no car tracks at all - and we were never passed by any cars for the whole walk, which grew to 6 miles total, just because it was so lovely in the gently falling snow.



we started at falls creek, and headed north


three miles later, pelle wanted to check out the river


and then back to the car. DH had his eye on a tree we'd seen a couple of months ago up one of the roads, and we headed up - until i panicked when the road became steeper and narrower, and the snow deeper. i sighed in relief when he turned around and we parked at the side of a road with no steep cliffs in sight. we wandered up into the woods to find the Perfect Tree. this one was crowded between a couple of others:



and though we looked beyond, it was clearly best



we carried it down the hill, back to the car, where we tied it to the roof with numbing fingers (tucking pelle into the car first)



carefully driving down the mountain, we were glad that we'd followed all the rules tagging the tree with the bright red tag as we came face to face with a truck heading up the mountain, which turned out to be the forest service, probably following the tracks to see what kind of a crazy person drives up a mountain on a snowy day. we made it safely home, where the tree will now wait behind the garage (not sure yet how DH intends to decorate it, it's nearly 15 feet tall!)

such a lovely start to the holiday season...
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AGK3112 11/25/2012 7:53PM

    SNOW..lovely. I love snow but hate to be in it

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STRIVER57 11/25/2012 9:04AM

    lovely! sounds like a wonderful day. does it fit in your house? yes, pics when decorated please. looks like we're staying home for xmas & i'm reflecting on whether i want to do a tree this year or not. feeling lazy (or is that overworked?)... first day reading blogs here in 3 weeks!


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FITFOODIE806 11/25/2012 8:00AM

    I saw a few friends comment on this blog, so I finally checked it out. And so so glad I did! What a cool experience. Perfect start to the season.

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RDGISME 11/24/2012 7:59PM

    A beautiful day..a gorgeous tree and a heathy walk/climb..could you have asked for any better? Enjoy decorating...maybe if DH puts down a trampoline..hmm..

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/24/2012 6:04PM

    Wow that is some tree. Put a pic up when its done!
Lovely blog and photos! emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2012 4:16PM

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful day. I love it!

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/24/2012 3:44PM

    How wonderful! It seems like a beautiful tree too. When will you decorate it?

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ROXYZMOM 11/24/2012 1:21PM

    Beautiful day and a beautiful tree! Your dog is so cute!

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COOP9002 11/24/2012 11:48AM

    Great pics! Glad you found the tree you wanted, and got to enjoy a snowy day.

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SEABREEZE64 11/24/2012 11:19AM

    Great adventure! Take a photo when it is decorated so we can see!!

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JSALERNO 11/24/2012 11:03AM

    BEAUTIFUL

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2012 11:01AM

    Photos are breath-taking! 15 feet tall? Hope you have high ceilings and a cherry picker!

Putting me in the mood is going to be hard this year, having been so non-traditional through Thanksgiving. Glad you (and other Spark people) are around to help! emoticon

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ESILBO 11/24/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon GREAT PICS, MAKES ME WANT TO BE THERE.
emoticon LISE

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BLUENOSE63 11/24/2012 9:55AM

  I love snow and cannot wait for it here in Ottawa Canada

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 9:54AM

    Those are lovely pictures of the snow and forest. It looks like a beautiful tree!

15 feet should be a fun to decorate.

We have rain..no snow for now.

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