Friday, November 24, 2006


Thanksgiving has been just lovely. We've had great company visiting. They were funny, they had interesting stories, they helped carry things back and forth and knew when to stand back as The Kitchen Goddess whirled and turned. The food was perhaps a bit too much. I tend to get carried away when I have an excuse but no one has complained unless you count the groans as people pushed away from the table clutching their tummies.

Everyone hiked yesterday while I continued to coerce my kitchen into producing what I wanted. Today we all went down to Edward's Crossing, dropped off one car at the trailhead then drove over to other trailhead at Purdue Crossing and left the second car. Then we hiked. The trail ran from west to east with the South Yuba River down below. We were on the south side which is the wet side. We were damp, there were leaves, mushrooms, funny hillsides of rocks all about the side of a human head covered in deep green moss. It seemed as if something magical of a not quite wonderful nature had taken place sometime far in the past. And ferns, lots and lots of ferns.

Omar ran back and forth. As Lynda succinctly put it, there's nothing like a fresh dog. He was in heaven. On the way home we were treated to an amazing sunset which even photographed well through a dirty car window.
I love the colors of the cyclamens. So intense.
A peach tree undresses for the upcoming winter.
Some mushrooms tucked into the leaf litter alongside the trail today.


At 2:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hiking seems so fun and the sunset is simply amazing and lovely.

ur SP

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Laura said...

I don't know what it is about seeing ferns out in the wild. They get so huge. And they're so healthy and green and lovely. And are those really wild cyclamen? Gorgeous.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Earin Marybird said...

The cyclamen are hybrids in my garden. I've never seen any wild ones around here. In the spring there will be wonderful dogwood trees blooming along with wild bleeding hearts though.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

What gorgeous pictures. It's ALL eye candy. Love the mossy tree. We need to go hiking ourselves -- will do it tomorrow morning, in fact. I was congratulating myself on eating a moderate Thanksgiving dinner, but then we got invited over to various people's leftovers... suffice it to say I'm a couple pounds up this morning and that needs to go away :-)


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