UPDATE: Ghirardi Compton Oak Landed.
The old Ghirardi oak tree in League City tiptoed through the fields towards its’ new home Wednesday.
Guess it figured now or never.
Not good sitting out in the heat. So hop-along, it did.
Some of the metal beams it was sitting on had to be cut off to reduce weight and drag.
(TinkerBell and Pixie Dust can just do so much!)
The metal support plate bent.
The heavy equipment groaned and treads struggled for traction.
A trial run at 6:30 a.m. proved the tree was willing and off it slid…for 4-5 hours.
A pause around noon at the edge of a massive hole featured huddles and conferences.
Dirt ramps were constructed on either side of the pit.
Then tree was shoved and tugged into position to enter the last challenge.
Not far to go now…just a little cooperation..a little water for a waterslide down.
Just try, tree.
Slide, tree! Slide!
Finally, it seemed to chuckle in understanding and tentatively inched forward.
Recognizing movement, the Caterpillar operators encouraged their diesel workhorses.
Then, the tree settled in like an old man sinking into his favorite leather recliner.
Rather comfy here – and a drink waiting?
Despite the heat, everyone was exhilarated.
The crew and their leader, John, posed for pictures and handshakes
TV crews got their interviews.
The prairie grasses, roughed up by the move, were smoothed and encouraged to sleep.
By Friday, the irrigation system will be functional. The tree snuggly resting in its new home.
A spot at the edge of a developing park.
And still within sight of the old farmstead – and the remaining Ghirardi relatives.
They say the Ghirardi Compton Oak has another 200 years left in it.
This aged oak like a grandfather spreading wide his arms welcoming kids as they run towards him.
At some point in the future a greyed Philosopher Mouse insisting on getting out of the car and toddling over uneven paths to hug an old tree.
Well, the little kids can just dance in the splashing water for a bit – that will keep them busy.
While long-suffering relatives once again hear the tale of the traveling oak tree.
(Easy to ignore those amused silent glances darting across.)
Just sit over here, me and the tree – and we’ll remember life’s journeys.
Get over here for pictures.
Now everyone smile!
Leaf it for the kids,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
A big thanks and gracias to John and the crew for all their hard work.
ABC/KTRK video.“League City oak tree finally moved to new home”
And local blogger, Linda Leinen, has been documenting the move and is planning a great post shortly with stories and photos – so watch her space. (If you haven’t visited her blog, you should.)