National Christmas tree begins trek from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

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MEEKER, Colo. -- It was as if the entire town of Meeker wanted to get one last look at their tree Friday at the Ripple Creek Ranch.

"We just wanted to say goodbye to the big pine, the tree we raised," was what most of the towns folks had to say about the "big tree leaving episode."

The Nation's tree is also the People's tree and this is the first time in 12 years a tree from Colorado has been chosen to be in front of the U.S. Capitol Building for the holidays.

In 2000, former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell drove an 18-wheeler from Colorado to Washington, D.C. with another one of Colorado's finest.

"When they called me last month asking if I would like to do it again, I was like, this is on my bucket list... to do it one more time, man I am in heaven," said the Commercial Drivers License-ready ex-politician.

The tree is an Engelmann Spruce, it is special in that it is very round, bright green with a touch of blue, and weighs in at about 9,000 pounds while standing 75 feet tall.

This pine tree will visit 30 cities on the way to D.C. but not before visiting nearly two dozen Colorado towns where festivals and parties are scheduled for America's (Colorado's) tree.

If you have a chance...check out the big pine from CO before it leaves the state.

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