|Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):|
The oak tree is a tree. They can live a very long time, longer than even a human can! Oak trees produce thousands of acorns a year. Acorns are good. Almost as good as ice cubes.
If you ever happen to be in California, and traveling north on the road from Ridgecrest up to Bishop, and you like REALLY old trees, there's a road off to the right, (east), just north of Lone Pine, that takes you up to the top of the White Mountains, where there is a large grove of bristle cone pines; you won't see a bristle cone till you get above about 8,000 ft. Above that, you'll start seeing more and more of them; Above about 9,000 ft. it's the ONLY tree that will grow that high. The bristle cone pines are the oldest living trees in the world, older even than the giant sequoias, (many of which are only about 20 to 40 miles distant, as the crow flies, to the west, on the western slopes of the Sierras)
If you drive clear to the top, there's a parking lot, and during the warmer months, there's a Forest Service Ranger there; (they keep a VERY sharp eye on the bristle cones
there are two trails you can take, depending on how far you want to walk; by all means, if you've come this far, take the "Methuselah" trail, about 2 miles); while you are on this trail, takes a close look at each bristle cone pine; somewhere along the trail, (and they won't tell you where), you'll see the Methuselah Tree.
The Methuselah Tree is the oldest living tree on planet Earth, (according to years of research by the dendrocrinologists at U. Cal. There are quite a number of bristle cones that exceed 3,000 yrs old, and a few are more than 4,000 yrs old.
The Methuselah is the oldest one of all.
BTW..........the Forest Service Ranger had a tiny little aluminum trailer that she stays in, and right beside the trailer was a "young" bristle cone pine tree, maybe about 12 ft tall, with a trunk maybe 5 or 6 inches in diameter; I told my wife, "look, there's a baby bristle cone." The Ranger said to me, "would you like to guess how old that "baby" is ?" I asked if they really knew, and she said yes, almost to the yr; My best guess was 100 yrs old; Turns out, the "baby" was 900 yrs old ! (and just getting started !) It's a very unique and humbling feeling to see a living tree that the best science available tells us is more than 4,000 years old.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein