A Trip To Forks

This year has been all about moving on and mostly about setting up a new home base, but a few breaks need to be taken.  When a chance to participate in a mushroom foray with the local mycological society here on the Olympic Peninsula came up, we packed up went to a very wet place during a very wet season to look at fungus.  Hmmmm?

Our Site at Three Rivers
Our Site at Three Rivers

We met at the Three Rivers Resort about 8 miles west of Forks, WA.  It turned out to be a very enjoyable and educational outing.  I learned enough about a couple of mushroom species to try collecting them.

A mushroom log
A mushroom log

 

Amanita Muscaria
Amanita Muscaria (Do Not Eat These!!)

 

A rather nice coral mushroom
A rather nice coral mushroom

To say we saw lots of mushrooms would be an understatement as we saw literally thousands of them and many varieties.   Among the good to eat varieties we found Chanterelles, Winter Chanterelles, and Boletus (some edible and some not)  I should have taken pictures of the edibles and some of the people we hunted with but I didn’t. I was too busy having a good time.

We actually went a day ahead so that we would have some time to ourselves which worked out well as we were able to do a little non-fungus related exploring which will pay off as it is a different world on the Pacific side and only 80 or so miles away from where we will be living.

Rialto Beach
Rialto Beach

The rugged beauty of Rialto Beach captured our imagination. We also saw a very nice gallery of local art, and did a little shopping.

Intrepid must mean: Not smart enough to stay out of the wind and rain.
Intrepid must mean:  Not smart enough to stay out of the wind and rain.

It was cold and windy and raining but we just had to take a look at Rialto beach during a storm. We are glad we took a break it might have been good for our sanity.

Your Intrepid Rovers

Gordon and Elaine.

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