Day 139: Mushrooms and color

Sat. 9/7/13
18.7 miles (Miles 2227.2 – 2245.9)
Rd. 8851 – PCT Mile 2245.9


The sun was setting on camp in all kinds of colors!

It was so nice to wake up warm and dry. After a cup of coffee, Gerry brought Tears and I to the same restaurant we had dinner last night, and we bought him breakfast. After I filled my belly way too full with biscuits and gravy, he drove us back to the trail where we hitched out yesterday. On our way there we got a great view of Mt. Adams – we haven’t been able to see it at all these past couple of days because of the weather, so it was cool to have it right there all of a sudden. Gerry even said it got some snow from that storm. I’m glad we weren’t up there last night!

It was about 10:30am when we got going. The temperature was cool, the sky was blue with a few puffy clouds, and there were still dew droplets on everything that shimmered in the sunlight like colorful, prismed diamonds. Condensation steam rolled off of stumps, bridges and wet patches on the ground so thick that it almost looked like they were on fire. It was a great morning.


Dewdrops like diamonds


Steamy condensation from the sun trying to dry the damp spots

A huge highlight from today was all of the mushrooms and lichen! There were bazillions of varieties in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. I wanted to take a photo of every single one, and I nearly did! It’s a good thing the huckleberries weren’t all over, too… I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere today!


Just a few mushrooms I saw and photographed today.


One of the weirdest.

I couldn’t decide if those white ones with the red liquid oozing out looked like blood and grossed me out, or looked like jelly and made me hungry. I’m still not sure. They’re just so strange! Do any of my readers know what these are or anything about them? I don’t plan on eating them or anything, but they do kind of look like a powdered raspberry jelly pastry of some sort… don’t they?


Yum? Or ewww?

As I hiked by all the mushrooms, there was a spot in the trail that appeared to be moving. There were what seemed like a hundred tiny, hopping frogs no bigger than a fingernail in size. They were so adorable! I had to pick one up.


So cuuuute!

We started climbing, and eventually ended up back in a burn area. The trees were pitch black in some patches, and in others the pines seemed to be trying to thrive. Some really gave off a multitude of color.


Blackened trees in one spot...


...and colorful pine needles in another.

It wasn’t soon after we climbed that we started getting teasing peeks at the snow-covered Mt. Adams even closer as we wound around giant boulder piles, seeding flowers glowing in the fading sunlight, and small pine trees dispersed among more small patches of burned trees.

After setting up camp in a damp meadow (we just can’t get enough “wet,” I guess!), we ate dinner and watched the sky turn all kinds of different colors above us. There were some coulds fading into the last minutes of blue sky that were taking in the setting sun’s orange and pink glow. Soon the horizon looked as though it were on fire, and a small climb up the ridge revealed an expansive view of mountains in layers of those spectacular blues, a sun setting, trees in solid shadow, and a magnificent Mt. Saint Helens off in the distance. This stuff never gets old.


Sunset from our meadow camp.


Mt. Saint Helens at sunset.

I just crawled back in my tent from outside (nature called), and there were a few twinkling stars overhead, too. I just keep getting doused with these tiny blessings, one after another… let tomorrow be clear for a bit so I can get some views of those mountains! I’m looking so forward to these couple of days coming up!

Tonight I love blue sky. That was actually another one of my favorite things to see today.


Sunshine, blue sky and shimmering dew droppy trees.


Our fantastic host, Gerry. Thank you SO much, Gerry!!


The underside of all these mushrooms is usually just as cool as the tops.


A burned and blistered old sign.


Peeks of Mt. Adams through clouds and trees.


We had great skies all day today!

Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey!

With love,
Toots Magoots
(Robin Grapa)


6 thoughts on “Day 139: Mushrooms and color

  1. The more interesting name for the mushroom is Bleeding Tooth Fungus and Devil’s Tooth.
    FROM WIKI,,,
    “Hydnellum peckii is an inedible fungus, and a member of the genus Hydnellum of the family Bankeraceae. It is a hydnoid species, producing spores on the surface of vertical spines or tooth-like projections that hang from the undersurface of the fruit bodies. It is found in North America, Europe, and was recently discovered in Iran (2008) and Korea (2010). Hydnellum peckii is a mycorrhizal species, and forms mutually beneficial relationships with a variety of coniferous trees, growing on the ground singly, scattered, or in fused masses.

    The fruit bodies typically have a funnel-shaped cap with a white edge, although the shape can be highly variable. Young, moist fruit bodies can “bleed” a bright red juice that contains a pigment known to have anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. The unusual appearance of the young fruit bodies has earned the species several descriptive common names, including strawberries and cream, the bleeding Hydnellum, the bleeding tooth fungus, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil’s tooth. Although Hydnellum peckii fruit bodies are readily identifiable when young, they become brown and nondescript when they age

      • Thursday, I will have my dog and we plan to hike into Dewey lake in the morning. Will you spend the night at Sheep laek or go further? How does taco soup sound for dinner?

      • Unfortunately I have no idea where we’ll stay tomorrow night. LOL… we don’t plan that far ahead! But we should be going through that area tomorrow. When depends on so many factors… hopefully we’ll run into you! :)

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