And guess what? The day didn't go quite like that. First of all there was no snow-not even a flake tantalizing us as it melted on the warm ground. No sir, it was probably about 60 degrees and sunny. Nevertheless a great day for tree cutting.
Kt and I set out to Beaver Creek with our tree permit, and saw safely stashed in the back of the car and followed the many cars blazing a trail to the tree cutting area. Happily there is room for many,we chose to turn off the main drive and make a stop first, to meet a very famous forest spokesman. Guess who we had the pleasure of meeting? None other than Smokey the Bear!
|Selena and KT posing with the famous bear!|
And then the search for the perfect tree began. We found a spot all to ourselves and began the hunt:
|KT points toward a prospect!|
|Upon further inspection by her and Selena it is decided it is not the one...|
|There are trees of all shapes and sizes...even ones that would be perfect for a Charlie Brown Christmas show,|
|This prospect is too small...|
|Me, cutting it down ,|
|Dragging it to the car (it was light)|
|KT tieing the back of it down (she actually did and it didn't come undone)|
|Christmas tree hunting is hard work, we had to squelch our appetite at Zoka's -a local dog friendly restaurant.|
|We obviously weren't the only hungry tree cutters. This is the parking lot at Zokas.|
Me in my sheep pj's trying to get the star on..
Meanwhile the tree decided enough rough housing and made a break for it. It lurched and shiver me timbers there she went! And so did I...with a bumpity bump (Frosty would be proud). Not to be defeated by a tree I got my stool and tried again but KT and I were laughing so hard, this time I bumped my head on the stone mantel. Ouch! We pushed and shoved for about a half an hour, and the tree was just not having -it refused to stand any more. We'd get it nice and straight and then it'd begin to sway and we'd grab it quickly before it toppled right over again (which I believe it did several times). Finally I decided it must be subdued and I hogtied it with some ribbon. I swore I heard it sigh. And then we were able to decorate as planned except we had no fire as really was quite warm, no hot chocolate (though half way through I did decide the occasion merited a ceasar! (or maybe that should be a seizure..)
|Kt puts the first ornament on...|
|The little reindeer are all tired out...watching is hard work!|
|This one's tired too!|