Breezy and I did not have a Christmas tree the first year we lived together, and so this year we decided to go get one. We thought it would be fun to do it the old fashioned way and cut it ourselves. Sustainably of course. We bought a small-tree permit from the US Forest Service and for 10 dollars, you can cut a tree up to 12 feet in height. Cutting-area maps are provided with the permit as well as some important safety information, like what you need to bring with you in case of inclement weather.
If you’ve never done this before I highly recommend it. We brought the dog with us and she had the best time. Too bad I couldn’t take the cat. I also recommend going up well before it snows. In our case we waited too long, and it had already dumped a couple of feet of snow in the days preceding our trip. This made for an extra adventurous expedition that included shoveling a section of road ourselves so oncoming cars could pass, and hiking it up past 3000 feet to get to the nobles (fun fact: the altitudinal limits of noble fir generally lie between 3,000 and 4,500 feet above sea level. So if you’re picky, prepare to hike!) After all this hard work we unfortunately came home with a less than spectacular tree. Although nothing too bad that some Christmas lights and decorations couldn’t fix.
For those who live in Washington, here is the link for information on cutting a tree in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, in case you want to try it out next year!
Our first stop at Exit 45. After hiking in for about a mile and not finding a single noble fir, we turned back and headed east to Exit 47.
Hudson romping around in the snow.
A spectacular view from the mountaintop
Trudging up the side of the mountain.
And there she is. Sitting in our living room. I still think she’s perfect.