Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Shoe Tree II

Roadside Double Takes

It begins with a single old boot tossed over a limb of a tree.  The seed is planted.  Before long, shoes have sprouted on every limb.  The tree is in full bloom with flip flops, sneakers, loafers and hiking boots.  To borrow a quote from Roadside Attractions, "The shoe tree blooms with polymer beauty.  A work of art like this may last for generations, tracing our history by our sneakers . . . "

There are nearly 50 such trees in the lower 48.  This one was found on U.S. Highway 26, about 20 miles east of Mitchell, Oregon.  Not only were the limbs covered with shoes, but a veritable shrine has been built at its base.

For someone who owns too many shoes to count,  I get it.  I really do.

Note:  We saw our first Shoe Tree on Vancouver Island.  Didn't know back then that this type of tree had proliferated.  Stay tuned for more.

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