Let’s just start by saying, I have no idea how real Christmas trees work. Yet, last year when I heard that you can pay $10 and chop down your own Christmas tree in the mountains of Colorado, I thought yes. Me, I want to do!
This year, I packed up my car (Baby Frosty the Subaru) with my mountain man and dog, saw, ropes, blanket, bungee cords and snickerdoodle cookies and started off on my tree finding adventure. Christmas tunes rang through the air on the switchbacks and mountain passes of Colorado.
We reached our destination in the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest, packed up our gear and headed into the pine trees. There was a lot of walking around and almost finding the perfect tree about 3 times, until we found the one – the almost perfect Christmas tree. I had to take a moment to say to myself, “Katey, you are in the forest, you are not going to find the perfect symmetrical tree. Get over it and pick this one!”
My mountain man cut down the tree like butter, see the timber fall below, and hauled it back to the car on his back. Dreamy. After a drive back to Denver and couple hours later, the tree stands tall in my apartment.
Best part? All of it. Okay, and the pine smell is amazing.