The next time you’re in Rockport, Texas – and, no, this isn’t a good time to go – you’ll want to look up the Big Tree at Goose Island State Park.
The 1,000-year-old oak survived Hurricane Harvey’s wrath last month, just as it stayed put during 40 previous hurricanes – and innumerable droughts, floods, fires, windstorms, and even a Civil War battle that razed the nearby town of Lamar.
When it outlasted Harvey, Texas Parks and Wildlife was quick to spread the word.
“The 1000-year-old Big Tree at Goose Island State Park near Rockport is okay!” the department announced via Facebook.
Some younger trees in the park didn’t fare so well, as the photograph shows.
But the Big Tree stands tall.
Or as the post proclaims: “You don’t get old by being weak.”
Read more about the Big Tree on Smithsonian.com at this link, and let us know about other survivor-trees you hear about in the wake of this summer’s seemingly non-stop natural disasters.