Okay, you're crazy to spend money to ship the most enormous pine cones we've ever seen, but it also made you a hero in this household. You have no idea how happy Millie is with them (Annie, too, but Millie's the true pine cone fanatic). My sister even had me take them over to her house to show them to her astounded children. They held them, scrawny arms stretched around, marveling at the miracle and the heft, asking, "Are they real?!?!" I said they were indeed real, though I've never been on the West Coast (provincial that I am) and had no idea that such a wonder existed.Thank you! We treasure them, and we owe you a thank you note.(Oh, the boots are impressive, too, but John's asleep on the couch and hasn't tried them on yet. They are black and shiny and quality, and I vouch for your complete honesty in describing them as such.)
The Coulter Pine produces the largest cones of any conifer in the world. They can weigh up to eight pounds and are nicknamed "widow makers," because they can drop from over a hundred feet in the air punishing whatever surface or organism they fall upon. I don't doubt that they could in fact kill somebody, although I have never heard of that happening. The Sugar Pines which also grow around the camp produce the longest cones of any conifer in the world. I can't remember if I threw one of those in there or not.
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