On the last day of November seven of us ventured into the Ghost wilderness in search of this year's elusive Christmas Tree. 2013 marked the second year in a row that we searched out and cut down our very own trees. This is an option for anybody living in Alberta. All you need to do is purchase a permit from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and you are allowed to cut down up to three Christmas Trees that are under a specified height. If you'd like to read about last year's hunt, I briefly mentioned it in my previous post about the Ghost Valley.
We couldn't have asked for better weather for our day in the wilderness. The sun was shining and the temperature was somewhere between 0° and +5°. After cooking up some pizza pops and smokies over a roaring bon fire the hunt began! There was bushwacking, creek crossings, and a lot of searching for that perfect tree. Come see for yourself...
|Ben and Jess cutting down their tree after a soggy walk through a partially frozen wetland!|
|It was worth it!|
|While walking back to the trail after Ben and Jess got their tree, Christine spotted this beauty|
|It became our Christmas Tree for the holiday season!|
|Nath was rolling solo on the day, but had no problems cutting down their tree!|
|The perfect sized tree for their condo|
|Last, but definitely not least, were Ryan and Ashley who also found a great looking tree this year|
|The tree hunting crew. We even managed to squeeze Dan in for the group photo!|
|Our tree fit perfectly in our living room. It's just waiting to be decorated.|
I wrote a brief story for Calgary is Awesome that outlines how to harvest your own tree if you've never done it before. The story, titled The Search for the Perfect Tree, was published on their blog in late November 2014.