With snow in the mountains (yay!), this might be the last weekend of ski trail prep. Yesterday a very small crew waited out the pass closure, then headed up Amabilis for a last chance at some trail building, and found ... snow! Frank reported six to nine inches above the Y and sent this photo, which makes my heart beat a little faster.
Then today, a slightly larger group hit the Erling Stordahl trails. The drive up to the pass was just plain spectacular; the yellow and orange trees are at the peak of glowyness right this minute and the sight was breathtaking, even on such a dark and gloomy day. There was plenty of slushy snow at pass level, and even at Trollhaugen, there was a welcome skiff on the ground.
At the trailhead, it was chilly and raining, and our small group headed out on the trails. It was ostensibly a trail clearing day, and yes, we did some branch cutting and log removal, hoping to make Nick's life a little easier this winter ...
... but then we found MUSHROOMS! Tons of them, all over the place, and trail clearing had to take a back seat as we went off-trail and tromped through the forest, hunched over, eyes on the forest floor. Our group included two experienced mushroom identifiers, so that was fun, plus a couple of us who are newborn mushroom enthusiasts, blown away by the infinite array of colors and sizes and shapes. Tiny pink Barbie mushrooms, wrinkly black scary mushrooms, coral-like mushrooms, cute little hobbit-hat mushrooms, fairy mushrooms growing on the sides of the trees, big fluffy white mushrooms, and one that looked exactly like a miniature deer's head ... who knew mushrooms were such fun guys!