I did have an agility trial in Wyoming yesterday and I'll get to writing about it. The important thing is that Strum got his final measurement under 21" (20 7/8"!) which was the main reason I drove up there to that trial. So happy about that!
In the meantime I think I might be turning into a Crazy Mushroom Lady. Because apparently I don't have enough quirky, time consuming hobbies that might kill me already. I found myself noticing mushrooms on the side of the trail during my triathlon a couple of weeks ago and wishing I could stop to check them out. I didn't but it surprised me that it took some restraint. Today however I had no such time pressures and I pulled off the trail to check these guys out.
Brains. Perfect for if you ever have zombies over for dinner.
I was squatting in the dirt digging them up when a woman on a bike saw me and she and her dog came over to see what the excitement was about. Turns out she is also a Crazy Dog/Bike/Mushroom Lady and she knows exactly what they are-Albatrellus Confluens-and she also knows that they are edible. This saves me a lot of time and aggravation because it turns out they are not in my mushroom book and she warns me that you don't often see them in books. But I memorize the name (Albatross confluence) and Google helps me out with the spelling when I get home.
If I only had a brain . . .
She warns me that they degrade quickly and are often full of worms but this doesn't deter me and I stuff a couple into my backpack. I think I'm going to have to get a bigger backpack for my mushroom hauls, I could only fit 2. I washed them as soon as I got home, sliced them really thin, sauteed them in butter and ate a few slices. Because apparently I'm o.k. with trusting my life with a total stranger that I met in the woods. It's been an hour or so and so far no tubes down my stomach. They tasted very mushroomy, so good. The house smells like mushrooms. I suppose this could be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective.
I can take them or leave them. Maybe if they came with a nice steak.
We had a nice but short ride. I felt o.k. when I woke up but when I hit the trail I was more tired than I realized. I hate how agility trials wear me down like that without even providing any training benefit. Jonny took me on some different trails for a change.
The wildflowers are starting to fade a little but there are still a lot.
More about the agility trial when I get my video uploaded.