On our recent drive to the coast via Highway 26 we saw a lot of lingering damage from the December storm that pounded the coast and points inland with record-high winds and rainfall. Uprooted trees and precariously leaning trees were everywhere, and lots of evidence attesting to the mounds of work recently done to clear the roads.
One of the heartbreaking casualties of the storm was the towering, record-breaking Sitka spruce just off of Highway 26 as you make your final approach to the Oregon coast. This fallen giant was bested by the high winds, snapping, near as I can tell, about 80 to 100’ off the ground.
We stopped in to pay our respects. What a grand ol’ boy he was.