This weekend I planned on heading to the burbs in a great adventure to find a Christmas tree. I knew I wanted something real and figured I would just find a potted plant like I did last Christmas and not think about it again. When I was over at Bobby and Tracy’s earlier watching the Skins they mentioned going to Mt. Hood to cut their own trees. Anyone can do it. All you need is a $5 permit and your good to go.
The weather was challenging all day on the mountain. The weekend prior was pretty warm but this weekend was much colder at elevation. As soon as we left Vancouver for the staging house it was raining. Once we got to above 3300′ or so it was all snow. In fact it snowed the entire time on the mountain.
About half way up the mountain we came across this Subaru on the side of the road. You could see the skid marks as the car lost control. Lucky for the two passengers it stayed on the road but just barely. The car had settled on the frame and one wheel. We where in a group of overlanders heading to cut trees so the perfect group you want to run across when you need to be pulled off the side of a mountain. Bobby was second in line with a winch and assisted pulling the Subaru out.
By this point it was already getting into the middle of the afternoon. The constant snow, cold, and wet was getting to me. Bobby was already not feeling well and the kids wanted nothing more then to play in the snow. We got to the top of the mountain and things feel apart rather quickly within the group. I quickly found my tree but Tracy took a little longer to secure her family tree. She kept wanting these 15′ and taller trees which we couldn’t cut. With our tree loaded on the truck we meet everyone further up the trail. It was so cold and wet I couldn’t get a fire going for warmth. It wasn’t long after this we all abandoned the mountain and headed for home. Mt. Hood has beaten on us all day and we had had enough.
None of us felt like doing much, least of all cook dinner. A nice bowl of pho was in order for everyone. Healthy, tasty and warm soup was the perfect thing to end the day.
When I was growing up we always had a fake tree, it was easy and cheap. I remember every year unboxing the tree and setting it up. When I got older and moved into my own place I remember wanting to get a real tree for once. Since that time I have not gone back to fake trees and love getting a real thing each year. I love the way they smell and I think they just plain look better then fake ones.
In the past I have gotten trees from a variety of places including Lowe’s, the local neighborhood stand and even Whole Foods. This year I wanted an adventure and after some looking (who knew the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association excited) I found Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm. From our house in Ashburn it is not to far but still took an hour to get there. Let me tell you it is way the hell back there in the middle of no where Loudoun County. While it took a while to get there, the drive out this way is really nice this time of year.
When we arrive the placed was doing some brisk business but then it is the second weekend after Thanksgiving. I usually try to get the tree the weekend of Thanksgiving but that just wasn’t going to happen this year. The farm is located on a large parcel of land with rolling hills and a tons of trees. There are hundreds to choose from and I must say we really didn’t have a plan of attack. I read some reviews on which type to get but in the end we just decided to walk and find what we thought was the best tree.
After a long walk to the back of the farm we found the right one. It was much easier cutting it down then I thought it would be. In fact getting it back to the car took ten times more effort then cutting it down. Those rolling hills while beautiful, made it difficult to get it back. After an exchange of money we loaded it into the car and brought it home. After some maneuvering we found the perfect spot in the house, now we just need some lights and ornaments.
One of my neighbors asked to borrow my tree saw and we started talking. He said I could get one for $35 from Costco. I saw his tree and it is pretty sad. I paid a lot more for our tree but it was totally worth the price. The color is good, it is full, thick, smell great and I really wont have to worry about needle drop.
When Nancy got home last night she said she had a gift or me. We already talked about gifts this year and decided to skip gifts for each other because of the wedding and all the new furniture in the house. I consider our 55″ 3D tv art because it is mounted on the wall.
Any way, when she said that I was curious what it was. She needed help getting something’s out of her Jeep which included a Christmas tree. I know it’s simple and might even be stupid but it was really nice. Nancy didn’t want a simple tree with decorations, she wanted to do it up nice this year but unfortunately that couldn’t happen. That is why when she showed up with the tree I was shocked.
This fucker is huge! $50 from the Wholefood across from her office. I actually had to cut some of the top off to make it fit in the house. It has got to be one of the fullest trees we have had ever. Looks really nice and I can’t wait to get some lights on it this evening.
I just want to wish everyone, well anyone that happens to read my page, a merry Christmas. It has been a long day already for me. Had Christmas Eve dinner at my Dad’s house last night that ran late. Then I got up early to wrap all my gifts before heading back to my Dad’s house for breakfast and opening of gifts. Currently I am taking a little time out for myself. I am sitting at the cigar shop smoking a cigar before I head down to my aunts house for dinner. Christmas is always a long day for me but I love every minute of it.