I thought about calling this "Raccoon Highway", because that's what this tree had become - a way for critters to get up on our roof and do damage.
It's been growing for over 26 years - it was already in place when we bought the house - and had long since outgrown its space between the backyard fence and the house slab. We've trimmed it back several times over the years, but the trunk and roots were just getting too big.
So today, the surrounding fence came down temporarily and that big ole tree came down permanently.
I'll miss the shade, but I'm happy saying bye-bye to critter highway.