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January 09 2017 @ 02:57 pm
Rain and Wind bring down 140 year old tunnel tree  
We've been getting a lot of wind and rain here. Our rivers are flooding, our creeks are at capacity (except the one by my house, thank God). But the wind?! It sounds like it is about to knock over your house. But instead it knocked over one of the biggest tourist sites around here.... The Tunnel Tree (or Pioneer Cabin Tree).
The Tunnel Tree was carved in 1880 after a forest fire burned a hole in the tree. The damaged was carved away and a tunnel was created. The tree lived despite the hole at its base. This weekend it died when the strong winds toppled our beloved Tunnel Tree. It was estimated to be 1000 years old and 285 feet high tall.

Pretty sure it made a noise when it came down.

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Jo Ann: Sick / sad girl animeyeuxdebleu on January 10th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
What a shame. I've seen so many photos of people standing in the tunnel. How near to where you live was this?

Reminds me of when the Old Man of the Mountain rock formation fell down here. The formation was even on our license plates here in NH.
Jill aka Jo: ST: Boldly Gosireesanwar on January 10th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
This is in Big Trees Park which is about 30 minutes up the hill from me. There is one you can drive through on the coast which is different and I assume still standing. This one you can only walk through. But this is one of the major draws of our county.

It so sad when these things happen. I would have loved to see the Old Man of the Mountain in person... and I'm sad now even though I didn't really know about it before. LOL
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on January 11th, 2017 11:46 pm (UTC)
This was on the evening news the day it happened and also in one of my Internet news feeds.

Crews had been stabilizing the Old Man formation for years with cables, but eventually that no longer worked and down it came. There are plans to replace it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 13th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Wow, I haven't even seen it on the news.

Okay that is cool. Then maybe someday I'll see it whether it is original or not.
Jo Ann: Puzzled-chewing gum-on phone GIFyeuxdebleu on January 13th, 2017 02:42 am (UTC)
Off topic, but by how many feet was the water level raised at Lake Tahoe by the 39 billion gallons of water? I can't even process that kind of a number.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 28th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
For Lake Tahoe that is only around a foot maybe 13". Crazy right?
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse does double takeyeuxdebleu on January 28th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, crazy. Seems like it should be several feet.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 7th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
Right? But Lake Tahoe is really big.
supernutjapansupernutjapan on January 10th, 2017 07:51 am (UTC)
Wow... that's too bad. I guess you can't ever really count on nature to be there and bring in the tourist dollar but that'd hurt.
Jill aka Jo: Sherlock: Mollysireesanwar on January 10th, 2017 10:16 pm (UTC)
The best thing is that no one was actually around when it feel. The tree was approximately 285 feet tall so that was a lot of falling tree.

Well the tree was estimated to be 1000 years old so I guess someone thought they could count on it. But we were wrong.
supernutjapansupernutjapan on January 11th, 2017 03:27 am (UTC)
Yes! Oh my, that was very fortunate.
It would be nice to have a monument to it or something to remember it by.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 13th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
It would. I wonder if they'll do something. I'll let everyone know if they do.
Kaylee Winchester: Outlander-Claireroguem on January 11th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
What a shame. The winds must have been really strong to knock it over.
Jill aka Jo: TL: New Librarians walkingsireesanwar on January 13th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
They were very strong but giant sequoias have surprisingly shallow roots.
KSena: Disney Scrooge LJ-postingkseenaa on January 12th, 2017 09:15 pm (UTC)
That's horrible. I think it even made an appearance at a Disney short cartoon once... I think it's where I saw it first. *is a Disney-geek*
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Aladdin - Genie Applausesireesanwar on January 13th, 2017 01:00 am (UTC)
It might have. Actually, that might have been the one that you can drive through. This is walking only. There is another one.

I'm a huge Disney geek. I love pretty much everything Disney and have seen nearly everything.

I ADORE your icon and have to take it.... please?
KSena: Disney Mickey Krueger by timepunchingkseenaa on January 13th, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! :-) Don't know who made the Scrooge icon though, so I just put Unknown on maker on that one. But do go ahead and take it. :-) This one with Mickey is made by timepunching though. :-D

And yes, I think that was the one you were driving through. It was a short with Donald Duck (I love all the ducks all the time!), and he was fighting Chip and Dale with and/or about a toytrain... And it was driving through a tree shaped like that, I think. I've seen pretty much all the old shorts, but sometimes I mix them up. :-)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 7th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
LOL. I love the old shorts. I've seen a lot of them too. I love the one were he's fighting Chip & Dale and the whole train thing. I loved the old war time ones to where he is tricking Pete.

I think of all the old Disney shorts.. The Brave Little Tailor is my favorite Mickey one but there are so many good ones with Donald.
KSena: Disney Prince John Yikes by UNKNOWN!kseenaa on February 9th, 2017 10:39 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one enjoying the really old shorts, but yeah... They really are the very best. Quility cartoons right there. And the wartime shorts with Donald Duck? I LOVE THEM! I've always favorited the ducks more, to be honest. :-)

The Brave Little Tailer is a true classic, it really is. I have a couple of DVD-boxes here that has over 4 hours of shorts each. It's a treasure I'm very glad I have. :-)