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Happy Friday! We finally got a little bit of moisture here at Woodland Whimsy. We had a lovely soaking rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening. It turned into snow over night. Big fluffy flakes of it were falling on Thursday morning. That was followed by some sleet that melted all the snow. We got a bit more snow last night. It is just a thin coating, but it is already sparkling and the sun is not yet up. I know that much of the country has been getting a lot of snow when they usually get none, but we have been unusually warm and dry here in Northern Nevada. How is the weather where you are?

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I took this photo several years ago. It is so fun to go through photos of vacations past. My youngest daughter(who is now in the army) is so very young in them. I found this lovely group of fungus on a fallen birch tree in the woods by the lake where we were having a picnic. The photos of my family playing in the lake make me smile.

 

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Happy Friday! I have to admit that I almost forgot it was Friday. I had a terrible headache yesterday and spent most of the day sleeping, so I had a lost day.

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Here is a lovely shelf fungus that is just full of personality. I almost expected him to start up a conversation.

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Happy Friday! This weekend it is time for my husband’s ski patrol refresher. They have to do training every year to brush up on their skills before ski season. He has to both train and be trained. I will be going along to help out. What are you doing this weekend?

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A pretty set of little fungi growing on the side of a tree.

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House Hobs by their very nature don’t get out very often. However, our family has several birthdays right around the first of September. Since another family function had most of us in the same general area, which almost never happens. We got together to celebrate some birthdays and Henry wanted to come. It was a breezy day at Lake Tahoe the day of the party.

Climbing up to check out the lake

Climbing up to check out the lake

Henry scrambled up a tree so he could get a good view of the lake. It was overcast, so the lake really had a moody look about it.

 

Ready for balloons

Ready for balloons

Henry was anxious to help blow up the balloons. He got every thing he needed together so he was ready to go.

Filling with Helium

Filling with Helium

Henry controlled the flow of Helium as the balloons were filled.

Tying the balloons together

Tying the balloons together

After the balloons where filled with Helium, Henry helped tie them together to make a balloon arch.

Arch being made

Arch being made

My awesome husband posing somewhat unwillingly to display the balloons Henry is helping him tie together. Sadly, it was way to windy to get a clear photo of the balloon arch once it was done.

Snack time

Snack time

After getting the balloon arch put together, it was time for a snack. My grandson(who is mean mugging me in this photo) very nicely shared his sandwich with Henry.

In the next blog post, Henry will take a look at the cold, cold lake and presents will be opened.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! I am sure an ready for it this week; although, everyone in this house has something they must do tomorrow. I hope that you are happy for the weekend as well.

HugeFungus

Huge Fungus

Most of my fungus photos are taken up close and personal. I had to stand way back to get this big guy in the picture. There are amazing things to be found while tromping around in the woods.

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Happy Friday!! I hope that you have had a lovely week and are planning an even better weekend.

Frilly fungus on a tree

Frilly fungus on a fallen tree

I found this beauty on a fallen tree out in the woods. I love how lacy it looks.

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Like many of us, Fred is concerned about keeping active and being fit. He doesn’t like to go the gym though. He gets his workout in the forest.

Workout Tree

Workout Tree

All Fred needs for a good workout is the right tree.  “It is great exercise climbing up and down the tree.” Fred explained to me.

Lichen Climbing

Lichen Climbing

“Finding the right tree is very important.” Fred continued, “It needs to have long lichen to climb up and slide down.”

Pull ups

Pull ups

Fred is very serious about his pull ups. He wouldn’t pause, or even slow down so I could get a good clear picture.

Moss yoga mat

Moss yoga mat

After his vigorous tree exercise, Fred likes to slow it down and do some yoga on a nice moss mat to round out his workout.

 

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While we were out in the woods looking for dead trees to cut down for fire wood for my in laws, we found something really fun. One of the dead trees was completely hollow. Okay, so that isn’t so useful for fire wood, but we found a great use for it. We also discovered more new friends.

My strong man husband

My strong man husband

Wait a minute, it looks like there is something in there.

View through the log

View through the log

Oops, wrong side. Let’s turn it around.

What is in that hollow log?

What is in that hollow log?

I need to get a closer look to see what it is.

Oh My!

Oh My!

Oh my goodness, it is more Slerks! How did they get into that log? We loaded up the hollow logs and the Slerks and headed home.

Check out the next post to find out what we, with help from the Slerks, did with our hollow logs.

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I went and spent the weekend with friends. We had a lovely day at the beach. Sadly, all of my creatures were too lazy to get out of bed as early as I headed out. My camera didn’t manage to make the trip either. I guess I will just have to go again. I hope you enjoy the second half of Gavin’s hike.

Gavin on a Cairn

Gavin on a Cairn

There were several piles of rocks along the path as we headed up. They were great spots for Gavin to do a bit a climbing and soak up a bit of sun on the chilly morning.

Adding a Rock

Adding a Rock

Gavin found a cairn that was just getting started. I placed a rock next to it and Gavin stood on it and put his rock there as well.

Gavin's Snowman

Gavin’s Snowman

A bit further up the trail, there was some snow. Gavin ran over and started making a snowman. The snow was like little ice crystals, but he worked until he got it to stick together properly. “Can I bring it home?” Gavin asked. I had to tell him no. I didn’t think that it would last to the bottom of the mountain let alone all the way home.

Reading the Sign

Reading the Sign

In search of more hiking trails, we crossed the street to the lake side of the highway. Gavin clambered up the sign to read it. The Boys and Girls Club planted new pine trees in the park.

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Post Along the Beach Trail

We decided to take the beach trail and walk by the lake. This post was beside the trail. It didn’t seem to have a purpose. Maybe it lost its sign. Nothing would do but for Gavin to get his photo taken on it.

 

Gavin on the Beach

Gavin Finds Owl Castings

The next post we came across did have a sign on it. It also seems that it is a favorite roost for an owl. There were owl castings all over the ground. Gavin wanted to open one up, but I decided not to do that.

Gavin Walks on Water

Gavin Walks on Water

The beach was a lovely sandy one. Sometimes the beaches by lakes are not. The lake its self was frozen around the edges. Gavin called, “Hey! Look at me! I’m walking on water.”

Frozen Lake

Frozen Lake

Gavin helped me pick up some snail shells and driftwood along the beach that will be appearing in future projects. We finished our walk on the beach and headed back across the road to the Deadman’s Creek trail head.

Stump Throne

Stump Throne

When were heading up the trail we looked back and saw a really neat chair made out of a tree stump hidden in some trees just off the trail. It was near where we parked so instead of hiking back down, we decided to check it out when we were finished.

Close Up of Gavin Sitting on the Throne

Close Up of Gavin Sitting on the Throne

The chair was quite throne like. Gavin felt very important sitting on it.

Group Photo

Group Photo

It was time for us to head home. We hiked between 3.5 and 4 miles. We hiked over dry dirt, mud, snow, ice, and sand. The trail had signs marking plants and other things of interest. We plan to go back in the spring and see everything in bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’d like to introduce you to Pierre. He is the first goblin born here at Woodland Whimsy.

Pierre

Pierre in the parking lot

Pierre had his first hiking adventure last week. He came hiking with us down into Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

Pierre Hiking

Pierre Hiking

When I say Pierre went hiking, what I really mean is he got a lovely ride in a back pack while the rest of us hiked. Pierre’s legs are just not long enough to keep up with us.

Pierre with sign

Wait! Check out the sign!

We were just getting ready to head down the hill when Pierre shouted, “Wait!! I want a picture with the cool sign.” So out of the back pack he came, and he gave me a lovely Vanna White pose to show off the sign.

Lake View

Lake View

This is our first view of the lake. You can see the little island. It has a tea house that looks like a castle on it. Pierre thinks that the way his shadow looks in this photo is great.

Pierre by a tiny water fall

Pierre by a tiny water fall

There were several pretty little water falls along the trail. Pierre wanted his photo taken at every one of them. He loves to be in photos with water. I will not include all the photos of Pierre checking out the lovely waterfalls here.

Tree roots

Tree roots growing through the rocks

“Stop! Please stop!” yelled Pierre. (I should mention what a patient man my husband is) “I want to climb up and look at the roots.” There were roots of trees twisting through the rocks gaining purchase to stabilize tall trees.

Cave Water Fall

Pierre in a small cave with a water fall

Pierre had a great time playing in this little cave, climbing from rock to rock over the water.

Fire damged tree

Fire damaged tree

Pierre thought this tree was amazing. It was severely damaged by fire at some point in the past. The tree was burned all the way through. Yet it still lives and continues to grow.

Pierre in the tree

Pierre in the tree

Pierre felt like he couldn’t be seen well enough in the larger photo. So here is a much closer picture of him in the fire damaged tree.

This tree is near the bottom of the path down to the bay. It is next to Vikingsholm. Pierre had fun exploring the outside of this amazing house. I’ll share those photos with you later this week.

If you like Pierre, you may enjoy seeing more work from Woodland Whimsy. You can do that here http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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