It would be hard to meet someone who embodies the spirit of Texas more than Elmer Hohle. A 90+ year old retired Lutheran Minister who lives in the country close to Liberty Hill, Mr. Hohle has the energy of someone several decades younger. Mr. Hohle believes there is an Indian Marker Tree on his land. In case you don’t know, Indian Marker Trees were tied down by the Native Americans to mark a good watering hole, a camping site, or perhaps a direction of travel. The sideways-growing trees are spread across the United States, but their locations are mostly lost.
Mr. Hohle and his son invited me for a late afternoon visit. The tree stretches out for quite a distance, possibly due to the mapping efforts of Indians, or perhaps simply to seek clearance around an overhead tree. What can be confirmed is that Mr. Hohle is passionate about both the aged tree and his lengthy journey. Mr. Hohle has much in common with the tree, as both employ a strong determination that keeps them vital. He shared a video showing the large oak tree he was born under in Central Texas and would like to visit that place again.
A man and a tree. Two lives well lived.