Thy Leaves are so…..Frozen?

Twas the day after Friday, and very, very cold. Twas the day we planned to get our Christmas tree, how very, very bold.

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Hoping that the temperature would rise, we huddled indoors for most of the morning–enjoying some of my favorite things–it was not boring. (OK, enough with the rhyming!)

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When we were sufficiently relaxed and realized that the temp was not improving, we bundled head to toe and set off on our great Christmas tree adventure. Layers upon layers were put on and I road shotgun. I nick-named myself DJ Too Cool for School.

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The roads were treacherous but were no match for the tactical driving skills of my mountain man.

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Once we were off of the highway, the scenery became magical.  I felt as though I had driven into a Dr. Seuss book.

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We drove for a while up a forest service road, scratching our heads. How would we find a good tree under all of the snow? We pulled over and got out of the heated truck, knowing that we would definitely not find the perfect tree sitting in the vehicle. But first, a quick, hot lunch.

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Upon stepping out of the truck, my nostril hairs froze solid and I felt short of breath. The thermometer read minus 14, but was likely minus 30 in the shade with the wind chill. Despite the cold, it couldn’t have been more beautiful up there.

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Once we started hiking, I was pretty warm…I think I owe it all to my awesome Russian trapper hat.

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It was difficult to tell which tree would work. They were all droopy with a heavy six inches, or more, of snow.  We shook snow off many of them, branches and needles falling off because they were so brittle and frozen. I don’t know if it was the cold, or if we actually liked it, but we found a keeper!

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We also snagged a second mini-tree for decoration.

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Now it was time to hustle back to the truck where a thermos full of hot, peppermint tea was waiting.

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Driving home, I couldn’t help but snap a couple more pics.  The scenery was beaconing me. I loved the way the steam rolled out of the almost frozen river.

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When we got home, we had to let the tree thaw, nearly creating a flood in the kitchen. After it was mostly dry, we finally got to decorate! I love ornaments, some from the thrift shop, some inherited from grandma, and some handmade by Matt in second grade.

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We finished out the evening by watching Elf and drinking cocoa with coconut milk whipped cream. Simply blissful.

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XO, Tobi