As we mentioned in our last post, we’ll be jumping back and forth between 2014 & 2015 briefly until we complete the write-ups of a handful of Achievements we finished last year. Today’s post takes us back to November and our trip to Hozak Farms to pick out our Christmas tree.
Most years, we pick up our tree pre-cut from Reilly’s Farm in the North Hills. But this year, we decided to be a little more adventurous.
We headed up north to Hozak Farms to cut our own tree!
I had done this once before with my parents in the mid-90s. I want to say I had very fond memories of this previous trip, but it was freezing raining, our saw blade was really dull, all three of us (and the tree) were covered in mud for ages, my dad was super grumpy the whole time, and the general consensus was that we were never, ever, ever, EVER going to cut our own tree again.
Thankfully, unlike the 1994-ish fiasco, we had beautiful weather. It was a little windy and reeeeeeally cold on the day after Thanksgiving, but it was sunny and gorgeous, and the field wasn’t muddy at all.
And once your ride stops, the rules are simple: chop down anything that isn’t roped off, then wait for a ride to take you back. Unfortunately for us, we wanted a Douglas Fir, which live in the very farthest back patch of trees (although we’d disembarked at the closest patch).
One tip I would offer if you want to cut your own Christmas tree is to bring a tape measure with you. When they aren’t all neatly stacked and labeled at the farm, it’s kind of tough to tell what size you are getting. We used a method of ‘stand in front of it and put up your arm.’ This method worked okay, but it wasn’t exact. Regardless, we picked a pretty beautiful tree!
Once we picked the perfect tree, the guys set to work chopping it down. Hozak provides saws for you, and the one we had was perfectly sharp. The tree chopping was much less dramatic than my memories suggest!
All told, the trip took us a little over an hour. We went in the late morning the day after Thanksgiving and seemed to just beat the rush, so I’d say plan for up to 2 hours if it’s crowded (much of which time will be spent waiting for tractors if they are very full).