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Search For That Perfect Tree in Nature -  You Might Find a Friend

Every year we go out to hunt the perfect live Christmas tree -in this area “U-Cut” is an especially attractive option for many families. For us, this annual ritual kick-starts our holidays - a short hike in the woods, scouring the area for the “perfect” tree, then cutting and hauling it back home to deorate. ( That's me, Debb in the white baseball cap.)

Christmas Tree Hunt

So it was with great curiosity and some apprehension we visited the tree farm right down the road from us. It is not a big production as U-Cut sites go - two small huts at the entrance, only open 5 days a week,  no concession stands, or workers dressed as Santa helpers. Just a guy and his son who was only helping out that day.  Usually he works alone. 

The toned-down atmosphere was perfect for us. The land is on a gentle slope with a great view of a wide, expansive bluff overlooking the Columbia River.  The trees all grew naturally - they had not been pruned - allowing them to fill out in their natural shape, some with quirky, gangly branches.   A few families wandered around looking for their perfect tree - the kids chattering with excitement. “Here’s one!” “Here’s another one!” “Let’s get one for Grandma!” 

Christmas Tree Hunt 2

We strolled, soaking in the view and the ambient excitement, eventually finding our perfect tree. As we started to cut the trunk with our hand saw, the owner showed up on his ATV and a chain saw.   “Here, I’ll get that for you” he said as he quickly cut the base and loaded it up in his hauler.

As we loaded the tree into our truck, we chatted with he owner. He has been farming the 30 acres for 50 years, growing produce and livestock, eventually transitioning into the tree farm. With an elfish grin as he told stories about the customers who have come through over the years, and have become friends - returning every year to this quiet spot. He talked about how much he loved living and working in a natural setting and meeting people who share his appreciation for nature.  Nature As Neighbors - It's Good for the Soul. 



ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.





Comment balloon 12 commentsDebb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD • December 06 2015 06:59AM


Hi Debb-There is something very exciting and rewarding about getting out in the colder crisp air and the smell of a live tree. I am really enjoying your Nature not Neigbors theme since your move. Happy Sunday and love the pic of you in the baseball cap.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 4 years ago

Debb Janes Sounds like fun, as long as there is NO SNOW.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 4 years ago


Ron and I would have loved this adventure with you and Bernie.  I love that you conversed with the owner and heard his story...what a great piece of land with views.  Happy Sunday,  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Aw yes, reminds me of going to a cut your own tree lot with me little girl, the tradition is still going strong with my 4 grandkids, my little girl now a mommy always tell me I started the tradition and it will remain.  Glad you found a great place to cut yours.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 4 years ago

What a great way to select the perfect Christmas tree.  This sure beats going to the grocery store and picking one leaning against the building out front.  

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Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 4 years ago

Debb: There is nothing quite like finding the "perfect" tree...their imperfections give them character (at least that's what I used to tell my girls). ;-)

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 4 years ago

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your perfect Christmas tree selection.

Now we will need to see a photograph of your decorated tree.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Hi Debb --- even with your cap, gloves, jacket and sweater on -- I think I could see you shivering....brrrr.    I can't wait to see photos of the tree in your new home.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 4 years ago

I would definitely be going to this smaller tree lot. I haven't even met the person who runs and owns it but your description makes me like him already. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 4 years ago

Ah, the Christmas memories you, Debb Janes and Bernie Stea are making.  

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 4 years ago

That's my bro in law holding the tree in the top photo. Our tree is on the shaker in the bottom photo. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 4 years ago

Hey Debb-I went of a cutting expedition once when I had a holiday home in upstate NY. I have to say it was great fun and a lot of laughs pulling the 12 footer through 2 feet of snow!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 4 years ago

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