We drove out to see The Big Tree. From Rockport we headed north across Capano Bay. Traffic was not impeded by construction, but a new bridge is being built right up next to the old one. Pictures would have been nice, but there was no stopping, and in this case no shooting through the window of the moving vehicle.
The tree is in Goose Island State Park which is perhaps a dozen miles from Rockport. It is a beautiful drive through Lamar and around the bay. After some leisurely exploration, we finally arrived at the home of the behemoth.
That is BBBH on the other side of the tree. There was a bench near where she is standing. We sat thereon for some time, looking at this tree and the surroundings, reflecting a bit on the history that has transpired since this creature was a seedling.
The tree is judged to be over 1000 years old. The acorn would have germinated and the tree might have been a small sapling about the time that Lief Ericson sailed to Vinland. The mature tree would have been near seventy years of age when William conquered England.
Tree would have been observing its 500th birthday about the time that Columbus set foot in the New World.
This venerable example of God's handiwork was well over 800 years of age when Texas declared its independence and became a republic.
End today's history lesson