Big news! ... unless, of course, you read my 2013 goals on Monday. Either way though, if you ask me, it's still big news. Drum roll, please! Ian and I are hoping to hit up Utah this year. UTAH!
Why, you might ask? Well, because that's where Pando resides. And, who's Pando, you ask?
HE'S ONLY ONE OF THE LARGEST AND OLDEST LIVING ORGANISMS
ON THE FREAKING PLANET.
Oh! And did I mention that he's an aspen tree? That's right, you read right. He's a tree. And we are desperate to be in his presence. (Reading back on this I realized I did Pando no justice. Caps locks, bold and underline are one thing, but explaining how Pando, a tree, is the largest and oldest organism in the world, well that might be helpful. Right?)
Pando, also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male Quaking Aspen determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and one massive underground root system. The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kg (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.So anyway, that leads me to my dream hike, you know, the thing the Ladies of the Mountains are supposed to be talking about today. (Pando's relevant, I swear!) So, my dream hike is in Fishlake National Forest. (That's where Pando lives). To be honest, I don't know that there is a "real" hike (more research is needed), but my dream is to just walk beneath Pando's many clones. They take up 106 acres of land, so I figure, I could do a heck of a lot of walking in and around that area. And, if you ask me, that would be pretty darn nice.
Have any of you been to see Pando? Any pointers? Any amazing stories? Please tell me everything!!
And, before you run away, don't forget to check out what the other Ladies of the Mountains chose as their dream hike. I bet they picked some magical places.
Gentri of Gentri Lee
Lena of Musings
Michelle of On The Adventure
Meagan of The Egg Out West