On Columbus Day of 1962, something historic came ashore in the region, and it wasn’t the Niña, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria. A tropical storm named Freda formed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away, eventually intensifying into a typhoon [and eventually] slamming into the West Coast with its powerful cyclonic winds. I remember walking around our neighborhood after the storm and even as a small child, I was amazed at some of the huge trees that were uprooted. In fact, lumber companies scrambled to rescue as much lumber as possible from the enormous number of fallen trees from northern California to southern British Columbia! In the case of a brute storm such as this, nothing could guarantee a tree would stand, but the root system made a difference! Where are your roots planted?