Cutting a Live Christmas Tree my week on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

All-wheel-drive Ridgeline features Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes making my drive thru the snowy Coconino Forest a smooth ride


It’s  time to kick off the Christmas season and nothing lights up the Holiday like the smell of a fresh cut Christmas Tree. This year I decided to head up to Northern Arizona and “truck out”  in the forest, drive thru the snow and cut my own tree using  cool tools and get a work out – cutting your own tree is lots of work. Let me share my adventure with you.

Let the adventure begin!


I drove  2017 Honda Ridgeline , seriously this truck is amazing. It’s fast, efficient, roomy , and can handle any terrain ( snow, mud, sand,) and you can listen to Christmas  tunes in the bed of the truck. Yep,  the Ridgeline’s has an  in-bed audio system  so you can jam while you cut your  tree.

Loved the 8-inch touchscreen display audio featuring Apple Car Play and its super cool in-bed truck audio system

Before heading out I stopped to purchase my permit  at the  US National Forest Services the cost only $15, you receive a tag which must be placed on the tree  and a map indicating the  allowed cutting area.


South Mogollan Rim Trail
Vanilla walking on snow for the first time.


When you are heading to higher elevations the weather can be  unpredictable the Ridgeline’s  lockable In-Bed Trunk   storage space  was perfect to  store all snacks, tools with out fearing they would get  wet by rain or covered in snow. As I drove thru a very snowy Mogollan Rim trail, had peace of mind knowing all supplies were perfectly stored.

Fresh Cut tree loaded on the spacious Ridgeline

I loved finding my  “imperfect – perfect” tree  ( remember they are wild so they are not “fuller” like a farm grown),   and if your thinking we are harming the environment by unnecessary deforestation.It is quite the opposite ,you are  helping Smokey the Bear  thin over populated  areas which in turn help prevent forest fires.

As I mentioned in the beginning  of the post, cutting your own tree is hard work. I recommend not venturing to far from the side of the road. There you will find the fuller trees , also it be easier to carry and load.

I’m ready to kick off the holidays with  my freshly cut, Christmas tree!

For more on the Honda Ridgeline, I invite you to test drive it at your closet dealership.

Until next time,











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