Yesterday I went to the Forest Service office in Carlsbad and picked up a permit to cut down a Christmas Tree.
Last year we drove up to Cloudcroft where we cut down a Douglas fir. This year it would be a pinyon pine as there aren't any firs or spruces in the Guadalupe Ranger District. We loaded up the car and made the drive through the low desert and then up into the forest.
From there we backtracked and then headed up Forest Road 540 to 540B. We parked along the side of FR 540B, ate lunch and then headed out to look for a tree.