I have had a love affair with pine trees since I was boy. I have always loved the mountains, the outside and I think pine trees represent all of this for me. When we used to travel to the Sierra Nevada I knew we had arrived when I could see the forest changing to pine. Though I love all pine trees it’s the Ponderosa Pine I have the most affinity to. I like its smell, its long needles and its large cones.
About 10 years ago I was headed out to Horse Ridge. I always take the old Highway just past mile-post 12, and I noticed a few Ponderosas growing on the side of the road. There are eleven between Highway 20 and the trail head. I don’t normally ride up the abandoned old highway past the Parkway to the top of Horse Ridge, but a few years ago I started to as part of a three-hour loop. There are some pine trees there also–15 as far as can tell–I just found another one this year in fact. It’s very small and I am not sure it will survive. It looks like some hungry deer tried to eat it. Here is a photo. So here is a challenge: Find all 15 trees, come into Sunnyside Sports when I am there and I will give you a $10 gift certificate.
I have not seen any trees other than Juniper on any of the single-track at Horse Ridge. I am pretty sure these trees along the road are from people dumping their yard waste along the old roads.
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PS– I work most Saturdays.