|Cade's Cove Picnic Area|
Wayne had slipped a bit on some wet wood and his back wasn't feeling too good. All those treatments he got this time last year only gave him about 6 months relief. That after a series of 3 treatments over the course of 5 or 6 months. Not really worth it, right?
We walked to the riding stables and had a glimpse of the horses and the carriages. Their trails were wet and muddy from all the rain, not to mention poopy from all the horses. Not the best combination.
From there we walked back out to the road and started going the "wrong" way up the one way Cades Cove Loop Road. It was very pleasant except when a group of cars would pass us, belching out their exhaust fumes in our faces.
|Puffy fungus by the creek|
We kept our eyes peeled for bear, but the only wildlife we saw after the turkeys was one squirrel.
The fungus above was a fun find. Bear's Head Tooth Fungus (Hericium americanum) is edible, can you believe that? I think I'll leave that adventure to someone else.
I also spotted an orange jelly fungus, which was fun to look at, kinda like orange brains.
We walked for about an hour before turning around and heading back. Wayne was surprised when I told him how long we'd been gone. Time flies when you're looking at fungus and not finding bears.
|mature Wolf's Milk slime mold|
We went back later in the afternoon and after driving on the loop for a little while took the exit to Rich Mountain Road to escape the crowds. I'll ha
ve to show you that later because the internet is too slow to load more pictures again. (sigh) At least I won't fall too far behind, nothing happened today except a rainy day that led to shopping at the mall. Hiking tomorrow, rain or shine!