Now that the Capitol Christmas tree has been lit in Washington, DC, OOIDA member Gordy Grove, who hauled the hand-picked tree from his home
state of Washington, is heading for home - and some much needed rest and relaxation.
Grove, a resident of Langley, WA, delivered the 65-foot
Pacific silver fir tree, which was harvested from the Olympic National Forest,
to Washington, DC, on Nov. 27, on a specially designed 80-foot trailer. The
tree was formally lit during a special ceremony by Dennis Hastert, speaker of
the U.S. House of Representatives, on Dec. 6, and Grove was the featured guest
of National Van Lines, the company he drives for and the event's primary
"It was a great experience and is one I will never forget,"
Grove said. "The tree looked nice and beautiful when it was lit and I was
fortunate to be the one to deliver it."
Jorja Coulter, vice president of marketing for National Van
Lines, said Grove was the company's natural pick when deciding who should haul
this year's Christmas tree to Washington, DC, especially since Grove hauled the
companion trees to Capitol Hill last year.
Now that his month-long journey around the state of Washington and across the country has ended, Grove said he plans to take a little time off
around the holidays and spend it with his family.
"This has been quite an experience and I have had a great
time," Grove said.
The tree will stay lit every night through Jan. 1, 2007,
from sundown until 11 p.m.
- By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer