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Every few feet, we'd stop and see a fresh group of mushrooms growing on the side of a fallen tree.

January 18, 2018

It was deserted and quiet except for the distant sound of birds and insects. The ground was damp and you could still see tiny droplets of water on the moss. Since it was a long weekend, we went on a quick hike at Big Basin Park where the tallest tree reached a height of 293 feet!

We wanted to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary somewhere special but not too far from home so I opened Google maps and picked a random spot. The great thing about California is that it’s full of parks so you have plenty of options. You could drive an hour outside of San Francisco and find yourself in the middle of a forest.

Yellow mushroom
Yellow mushrooms
Mushroom

I’ve seen mushrooms in the wild before but not as diverse as it was there. I have no idea what they’re called but made a mental note to take a foraging class one of these days. Every few feet, we’d stop and see a fresh group of mushrooms growing on the side of a fallen tree. It reminded me so much of this game called Samorost—otherworldly and surreal.

green and red moss
thin mushrooms
moss
leafy mushroom
world tree zoom out
world tree
tree watcher

I was surprised that we almost had the place to ourselves despite it being a national holiday. This gave us the time to walk at a leisurely pace and appreciate the surroundings as well as each other’s company.

walking down the forest
giant redwoods

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