The Central Texas Geocachers worked together on Sunday to help clean-up some of the Christmas mess that was left over from people decorating the trees along Highway 360 in Austin, Texas. The weather was fantastic, and the group of geocachers all pitched in to pick up the broken and discarded ornaments and remove the decorations from numerous trees that looked abandoned.
The decorating of the trees on Highway 360 has become a Austin tradition for more then 10 years now. Each year around Thanksgiving and Christmas families and groups flock to the ash junipers along Loop 360 and cover the drab trees in miles of Christmas decor. The practice is controversial. Overtime, popularity has waxed and wained with concerns over pollution, the still-decorated trees in the 100° heat of summer. Some people see the decorations as future litter and clamor for the practice to stop.
Many of the trees are decked out in home made ornaments and they frequently are themed. You may find everything from handmade snow flakes to trees covered in pink ribbons promoting breast cancer awareness.
The largest number of Christmas trees are found between Great Hills Trail and FM 2222 but the decorations have been spreading south of the Pennybacker Bridge into Westlake in the last few years.
However great groups like the Central Texas Geocachers, the Austin Sierra Club, and the Boy Scouts (like Troop 1409, 70, 990 and others) and other volunteer organizations are all working together to help reduce the litter and clean-up the trees after Christmas!
If you want to pitch in, the Austin Sierra Club will be holding another organized clean-up event. Check out the following link: