In which "time off" does not mean "we stay home"...and it's all about the food
Rest time is important following an endurance ride,
and even more so at the end of the competition season.
But that doesn't mean we stay off the trails!
|NOT the cast of "The Walking Dead"|
A bunch of riders (and a few civilians) met up at our usual time and place and headed out down the trail with a mission:
Find more mushrooms!
|Not this one. This one is Certain Death.|
Why do we do this?
'Cuz Chanterelle's a fun guy (fungi).
|Underside of the False Chanterelle / "Certain Death."|
'Cuz there's not much room (mushroom).
|Giant Pacific Tree Octopus Egg / "Certain Death"|
|Totoro's Umbrella / "Certain Death"|
Those are the only mushroom jokes I know, courtesy of 13-year-old Henry.
If you know more, the comment box is wide open.
|Cow Plop / "Certain Death"|
|Cartoon Mushroom / "Certain Death"|
We found plenty of poison...but we also found food!
|Real chanterelle / FOOD!|
|Fistful of FOOD!|
|Finding plenty of FOOD.|
|Less enthused, but still participating. Cuz hey. Food!|
|Megan always wants to know the science of it:|
"What trees nearby? What plants underfoot?
How much light?
Mushroom hunting is a good task to keep us busy while we recover from last weekend's excitement.
Patty no longer looks like a barroom brawler, but she hasn't entirely recovered from her gravity check. But hey: she found plenty of FOOD!
The recent rains repopulated some of our newly-discovered treasure spots.
|Emerging from the duff: food!|
While wandering around, we found more than just mushrooms. We also found a geocache!
|The paper was damp and the pencil was broken, so we didn't sign the log|
...and a Doorway.
|I walked through and ended up someplace amazing.|
Then, I came back.
Jim and I (mostly Jim) are building a permanent Chicken Palace in Garden 2.0
|Leveling the ground|
|Post holes dug, posts not leveled or set yet|
While Jim worked on the post-holes, I did some digging of my own:
|a peck of potatoes|
|This potato is dinner for two!|
|Duana and Jason brought seeds from Italy for our garden|
|Combined with corn and chunks of chicken, these beans will make an|
awesome soup this week!
And of course, my autumn garden would never be complete without pumpkins.
|Giant pumpkins, almost ready for harvest|
They are beautiful...and delicious...
|The turkeys prefer their Pumpkin Spice Latte without spice...or coffee|
...like a lot of things around here this time of year!