I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Hike on the Widforss trail

01 Mike sampling a shrimp dish at Grand Lodge dinning room NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

About two weeks ago Mike worked on the kitchen faucet for the second time but was unable to completely stop the leak until parts were bought in Flagstaff. Unfortunately that didn’t work either. It’s a very old RV, so parts don’t always match. The kitchen was a mess so we went to lunch at the Grand Lodge. We ate the Indian Taco and Chili Verde Burrito so fast I forgot to take a picture.

02 Paintbrush, lupine & yellow wildflowers along Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

And then being fully fueled we took a walk on the Widforss Trail. I love how this rim trail stays mostly under the shady forest with patches of wildflowers yet also provides peaks into the Transept Canyon and beyond.

03 Storm over Transept canyon Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x639)

The many days of earth quenching rain followed by days of sunshine brought out a diversity of mushrooms. I don’t really know what all these are. (More about mycology study later.)

04 Misc shrooms collage (791x1024)

I’ve been gathering wild edible mushrooms for years, but in the moist Pacific Northwest.

05 Brahma & Zoroaster temples behind Widforss Pt Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Most people think of Arizona as desert, yet I’m sure you’ve seen from many of my photos it’s not All desert. Last year I saw the delectable Shaggy Manes here, but alas, not until they were too far gone.

06 Shaggy Manes under RV NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

This year they’re growing under the RV. And quite delicious when very fresh.

07 Oyster mushroom Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

I kept seeing this shelf mushroom on dead trees thinking it looked very familiar. So I took enough photos from all angles to check at home in my field guides for confirmation. I kept telling Mike, I think that’s a choice edible. Oh yea! it’s an Oyster mushroom, very tasty. And before you can remind me not to gather anything—especially mushrooms—in a National Park let me tell you it’s OK to graze. Pick just enough to eat while in the park, not to pack home or to sell.

07a Fly Agaric along Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x729) 

Poisonous Fly Agaric

The soonest I could return, two weeks later, and no more oyster mushrooms. You really have to pick them when their prime. Just stay away from the one above, very poisonous.

08 Gaelyn & Mike's feet overlooking Transept canyon from Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

But that’s OK, because we really enjoyed the hike and views.

09 Mike Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

We walked about 2 miles (3.2 km) each way along the  Widforss Trail.

10 Gunnar Widforss along CA coast 1925

This trail was named after Gunnar Widforss, a Swedish/American artist who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the late 1930s.

11 On the Trail to Granduer Point by G Widforss NR GRCA NP AZ 1930s

On the Trail to Grandeur Point by Gunnar Widforss

He produced a large collection of watercolors prized for their geologic detail. Google him to see more.

12 Mt Humphreys, Deva temple & Widforss point fin from Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

My version. We sure enjoyed getting out of the house and away from the ongoing plumbing problem.


Firefly said...

Any hike that includes a bit of forest and / or stream is worth it. Specially if you also get views like that. I am amazed at the amount of mushrooms you got to see there. You seem to know a lot more about them than me. I would never pick a muchroom cause I don't know enough to know when they are safe and when not. (Does that answer your question from the other day?)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I wish I knew more about mushrooms, I see many different ones around here but I am too scared to eat them as I just do not know what is, and what is not edible.

Stunning photos as always. Hope you get the kitchen sorted out! Diane

dowhatyoulove said...

Mmm, just beautiful! A good meal, a beautiful walk, little treasures along the way! Sounds like a perfect day.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: A lot of WOW photos in this set. Mike on the edge is so neat.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is very handy to have them growing under the RV Gaelyn. :) Love the painting.

blog with no name said...

Every time I walk with you it feels like I'm in Heaven... No two steps have ever been the same...

Barb said...

Catching up with you, Gaelyn, and I see you and Mike are doing what I'm doing - trying to seize as much of summer as possible! Love your photos in this post. We have many mushrooms growing in the forest right now - some are like the ones you pictured. I am not eating them, though...

Splendid Little Stars said...

Photo of Bryce was taken on August 13. It was hot and sunny that day. I took some wonderful photos on that hike, and plan to post some later...
The one day we were at the North
Rim we wanted to hike the Widforss Trail, but it was closed due to fire, I believe. We hike the trail to Cape Final. Why, oh why, did I leave my camera in the car??? The wildflowers were gorgeous and we saw a snake. (not to mention the Canyon itself!)

Your canyon photos are lovely! I took a wild edibles class long ago, and I learned enough about mushrooms just not to eat them. It would be great to have a knowledgeable person identify edibles. Somewhere on this trip (I think it was to Cape Final), we saw mushrooms that were smooth and a bright yellow--like half domes. At first I thought someone had thrown plastic on the ground.
PS: I'm home now --for a week.

Garry Hayes said...

I loved my two hikes on the Widforss Trail over the years. Made it to trail's end one year not too far back. The pictures are beautiful, and the flowers made me wish I was there!

Small City Scenes said...

It is nice to be able to set things down and go away for a nice hike. Of course you have to face the problem sooner or later but you will be in a better frame of mind---we hope!! LOL
Ilike the painting you showed. I will look the guy up. Well in paper not in real life I am afraid. HA!!

A human kind of human said...

Such a variety in one place! That painting is beautiful and your photo is not too bad either
(lol). Next time you will have to bring Mike with and then you won't have to rush home after just one month.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It looks like a great lunch and hike. I hope that you get your faucet fixed.

Bibi said...

Gaelyn, these photos are exceptionally good. I especially like the poisonous mushroom one. I found one like this on its tall stem in Austria while looking for a place in the woods.....

The Giraffe Head Tree said...'s so nice reading your blog again. So educational and fun and your photos are wonderful! Hi to Mike.

Rambling Woods said...

I hate housing problems of any kind... I feel for you...Love the mushrooms....I have to get out and photograph some that are here...

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