“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!” ~ Oh Tannenbaum (traditional German carol)
Truly, if you have experienced the joy of finding, then harvesting, your family Christmas tree each year, then you know. The spicy, evergreen smell as you carry it back to the car, carefully putting it on top with a length of rope. The brush of branches, slightly spikey, as you measure, then cut, so that the tree fits in the aluminum stand you bought years ago. The sight of the decorated tree, lights ablaze, ornaments from years past hanging perfectly (or not) from those same branches that hours before were covered with snow.
I think there must be a special place in heaven for Christmas trees, where they are perpetually glowing with the joy of the season, and never, ever go dry.
AKontheGO and the Chugach National Forest are teaming up to provide families an opportunity to cut their own Christmas tree, especially for those who haven’t yet had the experience. My father led such trips during all the years of my childhood (and even beyond), and I remember with fondness the excitement of that day, each December, when my mom would pop popcorn, heat up cocoa, and take care of all those who stopped by the campsite for a bit of holiday cheer.
Want to join us? Stop by the Johnson Pass North Trailhead, just over Turnagain Pass, on Saturday, December 16, between noon and 3 p.m. We’ll be there with detailed instructions about the regulations, the area, and cutting fresh trees. We’ll also have a bonfire, hot drinks, and a ton of Christmas enthusiasm.
Already have a tree? Don’t fret – we’d love to see you anyway. The area is great for hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing in one of our favorite forests.
What do you need tor bring?
- A saw, preferably a bow saw, for cutting your tree as close to the ground as possible.
- Warm clothing and boots for everyone in the family. It is cold there in the shadow of the mountains.
- A tarp and rope to secure your tree to the car, and to keep surfaces clean.
- Snacks to share with your kiddos, and maybe a few others.
Any questions? Don’t be afraid to ask us on the AKontheGO Facebook event page.