Have you hugged a tree today?

On the Trail

MIGHTY BIG FRIEND—The writer’s special, “best huggable” oak tree is here at Bennett Park in Westlake. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn NewspapersWe’ve all seen those “Best” surveys around town. “Voted best pizza, veterinarian, gym, nail salon” . . . fill in the blank.
My quest was to locate the “best tree to hug when you need a friend.”
This kooky desire to embrace a tree—whether for comfort or in jubilation—arose some years back during tours of various Northern California parks featuring giant sequoias. L...

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