Looks like *somebody* has a fur hat hoarding problem. Maybe *somebody* should list the hats instead of dragging them out to the forest for a photo op. But here we are in the Denver-area Pike National Forest, wearing some furry vintage lovelies for our 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Chop Down.
The rules are simple: Buy a $10 permit, chop close to the ground, and chop no larger than six inches.
Other than that, you're free to scour a six mile stretch of dirt road through the forest in search of THE ONE. Don't pull over too hastily. There's a better thicket just around the bend.
Out of the car, it's just you, the crisp air, the blue sky, and the vast forest before you. Sure, there are plenty of other people amongst the trees on the same mission, but the chopping perimeter is large and the forest has a way of offering a token of peace and quiet to all.
Now go on, and find your tree!
The true rodeo stars of this tradition bring tables, chairs, and a brunch spread - tailgate-in-the-forest style. Aspirations. And the kiddos get their picture taken with national treasure Smokey the Shirtless Bear.
Success! Here's our pick, gussied up like a show pony gasping for crisp mountain air.