November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009 11:20 am

I left the peaceful town of Greer at 4:30 am to join the team in Springerville, Arizona who are delivering the tree to Washington, D.C.  I had agreed to meet up with Rick Davalos, Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Coordinator to load up his “rig” with boxes of detritus that we would need during our nearly month-long journey.  On my way out of town, I came upon a group of elk moving across the highway.  They seemed to meander throughout the dark forest with some purpose but not a lot of fear.  They didn’t skitter away from my car, which I had completely brought to a full stop.  A few of the tawny elk stopped in their tracks as well and just stared at me.  Their giant eyes glowed in my headlights in an eerie way.  Not wanting to disturb the quiet and quickly approaching dawn, I sat still and wondered if they were the same herd I had come upon a few days earlier.  They ambled along after a few moments, on to better things and a new day.

I arrived at the Forest Service office in Springerville a little late, but ready to embark upon our grand tour of Arizona with the Capitol Christmas Tree in tow.  How fortunate I am to be a witness to history.



United States Forest Service