By Montana Grant

Posted: December 9, 2018

Today was a great day. I took Montana Lin into the mountains on a Christmas tree cutting expedition. We ventured into the wilderness of Hyalite Lake in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Armed with our $5 tree permit and a small saw, we trekked into the forest.

Hyalite Lake is pushing 7000 feet in altitude. The air is thinner and cooler. It was in the single digits, but real Montanans are not wussies!

After a brief uphill trek, we discovered a meadow with a variety of trees. Montana Lin was already breathing heavy from the excitement of cutting a tree, being with me, and the high altitude.

When you take your wife tree hunting, and she is picky, head up hill and the selection will become faster and easier. The tree drag will also be easier. Just saying!

After some huffing and puffing, she made a quick pick and before she knew it, the tree was cut and dragged to the trail. We picked a big tree because she wanted some greens for decoration.

Plenty of greens, an easy downhill drag, and almost no sweat.

Mission accomplished!

 Montana Grant

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