Chanterelles!

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Originally uploaded by jason.stajich.

Chanterelles we found on our mushroom foray for John Taylor and Tom BrunsPMB110 class. They were yummy!

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Camping in cold weather

We went up to the mountains for a weekend of winter camping. And boy was it cold. We took our two dogs for the adventure as well.

Sadie and Molly at Linville campground
We started out at North Mills River in Pisgah National Forest and stayed for $4.50 a night (winter rates).
Jason and Amy at North Mills Campground North Mills River in winter

Even after a pretty cold night in North Mills we decided to head up to higher elevation. First we went to the Folk Art Museum outside of Asheville. Then we headed up to Linville Falls. Unfortunately the campground was closed for the winter, but we weren’t deterred enough to not camp so we hiked down from the road closed sign to the campground to setup camp for the night. We had a fire and made grilled chicken and enjoyed the caramel porter we had lugged down. The next morning it was so cold the water froze in dog’s bowl ten minutes after I had put it out for them and the water in the pump line for our water filter had turned to ice as soon as I was done filling up the bottles. Thank god for the whisperlite!

The road was closed...Jason at Linville Falls campground
On Sunday we hiked to the plunge basin of the falls for a nice lunch.

Jason Sadie Molly overlooking Linville Falls Wide View of Plunge Basin of Linville Falls Plunge Basin of Linville Falls  Napping Dogs at Linville falls

More pictures from the adventure.