Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Hunt

Trip Date: December 2016

It's hard to believe our annual tradition of cutting down our own Christmas Trees has reached the five-year mark already. I won't bore you with all the permitting information again, but if you'd like more info about how to get your own permit please visit my previous post titled, The Search For The Perfect Tree. We ended up back in the same area as last year, but that was on purpose. We remember seeing several good looking trees after cutting ours down so we wanted to see if they were still out there. Plus the Sibbald Lake Day-Use Area is perfect for the post-hunt bonfire.

We lucked out with another gorgeous day with the exception of a strong wind. We geared up on the side of the road and headed into the bush in search of the perfect tree. Christine and I were the first ones to find ours this year and it was likely the fullest tree we'd found to date.

What this year's tree lacked in height it made up for in fullness!
Christine and I with our Christmas Tree
After all the trees had been cut (in record time I might add) we headed over to Sibbald Lake for lunch cooked over a bonfire. As soon as the food was pulled out about five Whiskey Jacks, also known as Gray Jays, appeared as if from nowhere. The newly anointed National Bird of Canada waited patiently up in the trees until there was unattended food available.

Whiskey Jack
Gray Jay
Devin and Gabe playing outside
As you can see Kola is built for the outdoors!
The end of another successful hunt
The fully decorated tree looks pretty good in our living room
I'm so glad this has become an annual tradition and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. Until next year...