November 16, 2009

November 16, 2009 12:25 pm

Group-in-KingmanMy driving companion to Washington, D.C. is none other than our fearless leader the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Coordinator, Richard Davalos.  Rick is the District Ranger of the Apache district on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  He has given the last year of his life to this project and somehow, I ended up on his Steering Committee and in his vehicle for the 4,000 mile odyssey to our nation’s Capitol.

As the only private citizen traveling on the tour, I am a passenger on this major quest.  I am not allowed to drive a Forest Service vehicle and have signed my life away should something go awry.  Yes, I have held the Federal Government harmless against all things involving the transportation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.  Rick literally holds the keys in this expedition.

Once we climb aboard the mint frappe Forest Service “rigs” and head out for the day, Rick starts our journey with a soft rendition of Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again.  It is this homage to the day’s grueling schedule that sets the story yet to be written.



United States Forest Service