Thursday, October 20, 2011

Driving Up To The Farm In Early October

I took a new route up to the farm on my last visit, beginning by exiting the Northway at Route 8, exit 25, and driving to Route 28. It was a rainy day with low clouds drifting through the autumn leaves in the mountains but I found no place to stop and let the dogs out until I reached the North Creek Town Park right next to Gore Mountain Ski Center. It was early on a Sunday morning, so we had it all to ourselves:

I drove down to the end of the road and parked near a brushy, unmowed section. All six dogs spilled out of the car and we all went exploring:

Daphne and Clover began by running circles, their usual routine. Oh, to have such limitless energy!:

Wally was very slow and I had to call him continuously because his eyesight is so poor. He follows us mostly by sound:

Winky, being the crabby curmudgeon and independent character he is, took a turn up a dirt road and I had to go retrieve him lest I lose track of him:

An attractive Adirondack stream bubbled its way along the length of the park and I guessed that it must have been North Creek, after which the town had been named. You can just see it in this photo:

As I walked through the weeds I stopped abruptly at what at first looked like gold coins strewn across the ground. They turned out to be bright orange, disc shaped fungi:

I've looked on the internet hoping to identify this interesting mushroom which ranged from about 3/4" to 3" in diameter. I read that they are called Orange Peel fungus, or Aleuria aurantia:

It was a nice break from the car and a pleasure to stretch our legs, but we were on our way to the farm. I collected all the dogs back into the car, counted noses several times to be absolutely SURE I hadn't forgotten one of them and resumed our drive northwest on Route 28 through the Adirondacks:

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