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!