Eight-and-a-half miles west of Utopia, Texas, in Real and Uvalde Counties, crystal-clear Blanket Creek runs year-round through picturesque Christmas Tree Ranch. Historically, the property was a cattle, sheep and goat ranch, as well as a beautiful getaway in the “mountains” of the western Texas Hill Country.
Don Wells and his fellow retirees kept seeing oddly bent trees on their weekly hikes in the northern Georgia mountains. They were intrigued with the ancient giants. Wells happened to meet neighbor Elaine Jordan, who wrote a guide book, Indian Trail Trees, after interviewing Native Americans about these trees. He started taking her to the trees and photographing them. Trail Tree’itis hit and suddenly, the retired civil engineer was starting a whole new career.