Hiking and swimming in Desolation Winderness

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It’s a miracle – Judy managed to get the whole lab together on the same day.  Never worked for me…  maybe she should be in charge of organizing all lab activities from now on?

We had a great hike in Desolation Wilderness, culminating in a pleasantly cool (sic) swim in Lake of the Woods.  We even got caught in a rare summer rainstorm on the way back.

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The first lab mussel-hunting trip

Our first lab mussel-hunting trip to Point Reyes was a success despite heavy surf.  We hit the mussel rocks at low tide and were able to collect enormous amounts of big, happy mussels.  Our entire lab and numerous allies spent the whole evening cooking and eating them – and still had a bunch left over for later.  Lots of work, but it was a very tasty lab outing.

Fall lab outing – Mussels at Pt. Reyes

After two years of carving pumpkins, we are doing something more adventurous this fall.  Our fall lab outing will be to collect mussels (Mytilus californianus) on Point Reyes in early November (weather and dinoflagellates permitting). Exact date TBD depending on tides and surf conditions.  Mussel shells will be collected in the interests of science; soft tissues are surplus to requirements and will be safely disposed of with the help of white wine, garlic and butter.  Stay tuned, and think where you can get a wetsuit.

5th annual mushrrom hunting trip

This year’s mushroom trip-and-dinner was once again a success.  The weather and forest spirits cooperated with our intentions to a sufficient degree:

The dinner menu featured porcini and shaggy parasol soup, 10-mushroom-species minestrone, sauteed winter chanterelles, hedgehog mushroom risotto, pasta with black trumpet sauce, and candy cap cookies.

Let us hope the next season will be as good or better!

And many thanks to Grace for wonderful pictures.

Mt Agassiz hiking trip

This year’s lab hike was to the scenic Mt. Agassiz in Desolation Wilderness.  It was a great day – pleasantly shaded approach, just-adventurous-enough climb, great views from the summit, watermelon for lunch, and a swim in the cold mountain lake.  Extra features included a bit of rappelling practice on the western gendarme and a dog-carrying session.  The pictures are here:

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Where should we go next year?