Counting Pine Trees

I have had a love affair with pinetrees since I was boy. When we used to travel to the Sierra Nevada I knew we had arrived when I could see the forest changing to pine. It’s the Ponderosa Pine I have the most affinity to. I like its smell, its long needles and its large cones.

A while back, 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, 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 do so, as part of a three-hour loop. There are some pine trees there also; 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. 

The Don Challenge of the Month:

Count the trees between the abandoned highway to the top of Horse Ridge, come into Sunnyside Sports when I am there and tell me how many you found, and I will give you a $10 gift certificate.

Sad little pine tree.

Sad little pine tree.

Angela Reid