D wanted to go back to the Port Orchard skate park…and well I knew there were squirrels and maybe mushrooms so I jumped on board.
I loaded my pockets full of peanuts (best way to make friends) and headed out.
As soon as I got on the trail I saw a batch of amanitas…I was super excited & super sad…they had all be trampled.
It did give me hope though for the day.
As I kept walking I realized hat the “trails” I had taken earlier in the year were now nowhere to be seen.
Since this is technically a city park they maintain it….and by maintain I mean hop stuff down and just leave it…So there was a lot of just making my own paths just get get out of the populated gravel paths.
In the process I did find quite a few mushrooms…
And like I had said I came with pockets full of peanuts for a reason.
Last time there was a couple placing them out for the critters…So I tied it for myself.
One guy was very cautious and did a whole song and dance trying to distract my attention.
I was very still and he was just about to go in for me to get the shot but a loud couple and their dog came barreling down the trail…there went that.
At another location I found a more accommodating squirrel. He would come take the nut then go over to a stump to eat, then come back for another…After each nut he would make two little squeaks that sounded like a “thank you”
As nice as my morning explore was I still hadn’t found any other amanitas so I was a big bummed.
However as we were driving out of the lot I had D pull over…..
Just one little solitary guy was there bidding me farewell and rounding off my day quite nicely.
I would say this one was about 5-6 inches in diameter.