Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What is one strange thing...

...you have seen in your travels?
for me it is this Shoe Tree in Nordman, Idaho, USA.

It is an old growth cedar festooned with cast-off shoes. This glorious tree is located in the National Forest area of Priest Lake near Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars/Granite Falls and the Tillicum Creek trail. I came across this tree unexpectedly last September, and, of course, was enchanted. In researching for this post, I discovered that other shoe trees exist. Go visit a tree or start one of your own! 

Check out the following links:
other shoe trees:

Addendum: April 16, while traveling in the Salt River Canyon area of Arizona along a dirt road, I saw the very beginning of another shoe tree--just one pair. And here's the photo!

In general, it is old, worn-out shoes that people are throwing into trees.


OTHER STRANGE SIGHTINGS: 
my friend,Beaded Tail saw Carhenge in Alliance Nebraska-- HERE!  Check this out!


photos by me ©2008

18 comments:

  1. I have heard of bottle trees, but never a shoe tree! That's a great photo.

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  2. That's too funny! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. That is quite odd! The weirdest thing I've seen is Carhenge in Alliance, NE.

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  4. That's so funny, I wonder who thought up the original idea, why shoes? :D

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  5. goodness that is weird..lol

    btw. YOU GOT AN AWARD :)

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  6. WOW - that's weird. It would be fun to see the tree "growing" its "fungus" of shoes...

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  7. I've never heard of it or seen anything like it. Pretty interesting!

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  8. I will file that under "Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm..."

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  9. I wonder how that got started!?

    In Hawaii I did see trees that as the branches leaned toward and touch the ground, they would begin to root and then grow. So after a time the tree would get wider and wider and you could walk in between the trunk/branches. It was very strange.

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  10. interesting..who would have thought? LOL!!

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  11. That is certainly a strange tree! I scratched my head thinking, "what is the stangest thing I've ever seen on travel?" I can't come up with anything close to that tree!

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  12. who would give up a pair of their shoes. I love all my shoes! :)

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  13. How interesting. I've never heard of such. Can't believe I missed this post last week...


    Danita

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  14. Now that I think about it, I believe I have seen shoes in trees in the mountains and I had thought someone was just having fun. You know, tossing their shoes in the air when they get lodged into a tree and couldn't be rescued. Next time I see such a thing, I'll know a baby shoe tree is in the making. However, I seriously doubt, I'll ever trip upon anything as cool as this one Idaho.

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