Published once every two years … happy holidays!
The United States Forest Service sells permits to cut Christmas trees (limit 2) for individuals. With a permit and proper maps that define allowable cutting areas, we set out this year, as in years past.
However, unlike years past, the first 20 miles were no longer colorful, with golden yellow big-leaf maples mixed in with thick, dark, damp, green, fir forests. The complete and utter devastation from the September 8 fire is hard to comprehend without seeing, so we are sharing a short video on this post … what you see in the video goes on and on. It’s heartbreaking. All the areas that had supplied those wonderful trees for our home for the past 16 years burned up (video below).
Because the year continues to be dry, there was no snow blocking our journey up to and over Grizzly Summit (close to 6,000 feet). Once we got over the summit, we got past the burned area and eventually got to an area where tree cutting was allowed with permit. There was no one there. It was beautiful, and quiet, and a precious beauty compared to what we had just past through.
… our little runt goat is also a shape-shifter …
Watch her squeeze through an impossible space. She does this every night when it’s time to come in to the stable.