D.C Schank from Lynden Transport in Alaska Selected to Drive National Christmas Tree to DC

November 24, 2015

Bringing the Tree to D.C.

At Trucker to Trucker, we love Christmas as much as anybody else. Bing Crosby and "White Christmas," the eggnog, Christmas cookies, "Deck the Halls," lights, presents under the Christmas tree. Tree? What tree? Oh wait, we forgot the tree!

Now, as everyone knows, you can't hardly have Christmas without a Christmas tree, and that's where truck driver John Schank, from Fairbanks, Alaska, comes in. He has been selected to drive and transport the official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

This honor goes only to those that are true ambassadors for the industry, and John certainly qualifies. In 37 years of driving, and putting on over 5 million miles over the Dalton Highway, he has not had one accident in all that time and throughout all that mileage.

This is an amazing feat, considering Alaska has some of the toughest weather conditions, as well as some of the most bizarre road conditions, like grizzly bears, bull moose and the fact that some of the Dalton Highway runs close to and actually above the Arctic Circle. 5 million accident-free miles over a highway like this? It just doesn't get any better than that.

Plus, and this is the frosting on the cake, Schank actually has a long white beard and resembles jolly old Santa Claus himself! Imagine the press coverage when Santa himself, drives into Washington, D.C., hauling the official Capitol Christmas tree.

Our heartiest and heartfelt congratulations to Mr Schank. For without him bringing in the tree this year, all the way from Alaska, we wouldn't have a place to put the presents! Whew!

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