The adventure begins at the ranger headquarters, where i picked up the permit. Along with the permit, the friendly rangers gave me a whole lot of smokey the bear loot. Fast forward about 24 hours..ish. We were up and on the road before sunup, and made it into the forest right when the sun was peaking over the ridge. After a little bit of hiking and looking through the different trees, we found our pefect tree. a perfect white fir, perfect balance, perfect structure, just beautiful.