Beware the Dabi-Gobi

Updated: Mar 12

The meat eating trees of the Pacific Northwest

Anyone who has spent any time in the woods, will recognize that there are different risks, when compared with the precautions taken in the city. A logical person will consider potential wild animals, and possibly if considering a lengthy stay, may consider a guide to dangerous plants.

Those drawn to mystery, may decide that the darkness itself, or the fear of bigfoot is the scariest thing to contend with. In the forest, shadows and sounds are abundant, lending ample building material to the imagination.

Yet, there is little known, yet serious risk rumored to have been a danger in the past, that falls into both categories.

The Dabi-Gobi was, or is, a carnivorous tree. The few old men and women who recall the trees, have said the Dabi-Gobi grow quickly reaching 40' in 20 years.

The tree forms a large hollow opening that faces toward a walking trail, just big enough for a large plump child (or two small ones) to squeeze into.

Every few years, decades, or even century, a child (animals instinctively avoid) will wander inside of the inviting hollow of the Dabi-Gobi. The child moving atop the roots in the tree center then trigger the Dabi-Gobi to release a fast-acting ethylene gas, causing euphoria, and lethargy. The tree then closes its mouth. A veritable human size Venus fly trap.

A Riverpass legend, fact or fiction.

Over a century ago in the Pacific Northwest, when people walked along dirt roads and paths to get from place to place, some children were still told not to sit or play around the openings in the trees when traveling from place to place.

Many old trees, that overgrew and crowded the trail that they had grown alongside, were cut down and inside were found small rubber shoe soles, buttons, and buckles all encased in the wood surrounding them. Being the inorganic items that the tree could not digest.

Whether this be truth or legend, or partial truth about an extinct carnivorous tree, who can fully know?

Since there are many trees that fit the Dabi-Gobi profile in Riverpass, we strictly advise guests of Riverpass, and especially their children, to not play in or on any trees that are outside of the Lil’ Cedars Playground, for the tree’s protection, but just maybe for their own as well.