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Its a Whale of a Good Time

There’s more whales in the Monterey Bay this season than we can remember!  Come out to Sand Rock Farm and take an ocean adventure with Sanctuary Cruises.
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Holidays are Here Again

Dec 18th, 2013 by kris | 0

Holidays are Here Again – at Sand Rock Farm and your home, too!

Finding that right tree, big or small is always a challenge. We go out every year right after Thanksgiving and look for the tree that fits in front of the Victorian mirror in the living room. It needs to be tall enough, about 8 feet, plump, but not too plump. Guests need to be able to walk around it to go to the dining room.

Of course we get two trees for our bed and breakfast, one for the upstairs hall and the big one for the living room. Once it is set in the tree stand and lights are on reflecting off the mirror, I know that we are ready for the season.
Well, almost…

As my daughter and her family travel outside the country between October and right before Christmas, I am periodically taxed with finding that just right , very, very tall tree for their house. We look for a tree that is at least 18 feet and not more than 24!

There are actually very few Christmas tree farms that plant and wait to harvest trees that size. Crest Ranch, oldest operating tree ranch in the Western US is just up Empire Grade road from Aptos is the only one I know.

We trek up to the ranch and search through what seems like acres of trees to find the one. When we do, we tag and pay for it and leave it standing a bit longer as we need a truck and able bodied helpers to take it home.
Perfect Tree
The next day, a truck, and two strong young men manage to load and transport that tree from the ranch to my daughter’s house. Some hours later, the tree is up, some lights are on and decorating parties are being planned.
Patty's Tree, 2012
Big or small, our trees, or yours, the trees herald in the Season.

Happy Holidays to all of you and Best Wishes in the New Year.

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