The fungus fad

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big brown mushroom from side

The fungus fad

Mushroom hunting has become somewhat of a sport in southwest Colorado. A popular sport. We know a number of friends who spend hours looking for those somewhat soggy, slimy wild fungi pushing out of the ground. Telluride and Durango Mountain Resort both have their own mushroom festivals. And, just a few weeks ago we passed three hunters on a trail with huge smiles and blue plastic shopping bags full of chanterelles. As for Suzy and I, we prefer to hunt for mushrooms the same way we hunt for elk, with a camera.

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Elephant heads

Wild Flowers in the San Juan Mountains

When we moved to Durango in 2001 we didn’t know anything about wild flowers. We had done quite a bit of hiking in Maryland and Virginia before the move but the most wild flowers we had seen were planted by the DOT in the median strips along the highways. We did notice them and I guess you could say that we appreciated them, at 65 MPH, with the radio cranking, on our way to the beach or my parents house in Salisbury, MD.

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Lone cone

I didn’t know white was a fall color?

Category : Trips

Suzy and I are not usually into driving just to site see. We would much rather earn our views with a good hike but this past weekend we made an exception. Our friend Bob, the llama guy, told us about a loop drive that takes you from Dolores, CO to Dunton Hot Springs , up to Groundhog Reservoir, and back to Dolores. Along the way you pass huge ponderosa pines, aspen groves, mountain peaks, large cattle ranches, and, in our case, herds of cattle walking down the road.

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Sunset at our house near Durango, CO

Let’s get this thing started

Welcome to our blog. This is a free-form brain dump for anything going on in our lives that we feel like writing about. Topics will include hikes, road trips, gardening, volunteer projects and rants about what’s going on in the world. We hope you enjoy it.

-Scott & Suzy