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Title: My tree hugger moment
Post by: FJ1200W on February 09, 2021, 04:14:24 PM
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Title: Re: My tree hugger moment
Post by: FJ1200W on February 09, 2021, 07:16:51 PM
We have a 400 year old Burr Oak tree down in the river bottoms.
My father took 1st me there back in the 1960's.
It's been a party place, a romantic place, a meeting place, heck, it's usually a stop on most motorcycle rides.
People have had too much time on their hands, and it's been "discovered".
There has been a huge problem with graffiti, and one of the locals advised that painting over the paint with mud was the best option - Arborist approved!
I had covered up the other graffiti earlier but rain and another vandal had uncovered some of it.
When I heard someone tagged it with the "N" word twice, I had to take action.
Luckily I beat the reporter there - The word was out there was a "hate crime", the ball was rolling, and that needed to stop and end immediately.
I'm glad I was there in time to keep it (the "hate" crime)  from getting blown totally out of proportion.
The Big Bur Oak - Hopefully it's there for at least a few more generations, if not more.


Title: Re: My tree hugger moment
Post by: FJ1200W on February 09, 2021, 07:24:25 PM
The tree was recently hit by lightning and caught fire.
There was a lightning rod installed, but within a week, the copper was stolen.
I H8 thieves


Title: Re: My tree hugger moment
Post by: FJ1200W on February 10, 2021, 01:01:46 PM
It's a destination


Title: Re: My tree hugger moment
Post by: FJ1200W on February 11, 2021, 06:04:38 PM
Down from the tree is "Grocery Branch Road".

It's a little rough now, but still works for 1/8+ mile drags.

Maybe 3300' long.

It's a good time.