Saturday, May 14, 2011
Annie and I spent a few hours hiking in the woods yesterday, mostly on the big hills in the famous mushroom territory near Boyne Falls. Most of the terrain is very steep. Its hard to negotiate without a stout walking stick. Its extremely challenging even with a walking stick in one hand when you have a leash in the other.
It was a perfect day for a mushroom hunt. The forest floor was paved with wildflowers. I've never seen so many trillium in bloom. Dutchman's Breeches, Spring Beauties, Wood Violets, Trout Lilies, and other wild flowers I can't name filled in among them. Ferns are beginning to pop. The beautiful surroundings made up for the unsuccessful hunt. We didn't find a single mushroom even though we were in the right place at presumably the right time.
I was thrilled at how responsive Annie was to my directions. Even though she was in a new place and eager to explore she stayed close to me and was focused on our journey together. And isn't it all about the journey? Enjoying the scenery along the way, accepting the disappointments and (hopefully) learning from them. And when I looked up the calories burned by hiking cross-country it was almost as good as finding the elusive morels. Good enough to encourage me to try again this week.