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A Trip to Vancouver Island


Helen and I frequently see mushrooms while hiking, but we have no idea what we are looking at.  Helen found a course at The Aerie on Vancouver Island to help you identify edible mushrooms.  We booked a spot!

Walking In ForestBrother Michael
We were wisked away to a secret location and Brother Michael (our guide) walked us into the forest to find some spots that he knew to be productive.  As we spotted mushrooms, he pointed out what they were (or poisionus if he didn't know).  We found two different types of chanterelles, as well as many lobster mushrooms.

 
Golden ChanterelleLobster Mushroom

The mushrooms we looked for are quite distinct.  The Chanterelles have gills that go down their stalk and the top is not cup shaped.   The stalk is firm and the mushroom isn't wormy.  Lobster mushrooms are also quite distinct - covered in red all over. 

White Chanterelles
 
  Sulphur Tuft
The majority of mushrooms we saw were poisious.  We went on this course to learn because getting mushrooms right is so hard.


Sorting Mushrooms Into Quality
After a realitivly brief hunt (perhaps 2 hours) we returned with our buckets of mushrooms.  The mushrroms were sorted for quality and the kitchen at the resort cleaned up results and packaged them in take away boxes.  We had our mushrooms in a nice pasta - yummie!

Our Bucket Of Mushrooms
 
Parade of Lost Souls
Pumpkin On Bench
I went last year when Helen was in Hong Kong.  This year she wanted to go too.  The event is put on the public dreams society and takes over a few blocks of Comercial drive and the surrounding area.  We called some friends to try and get a larger group to go and headed off! 


House Decorated For FamilyHouse With Ghosts
We parked and walked into the crazy zone.  There are so many different things to see!  Some of the houses are decorated, either in a parade of lost souls sense (celibrating family, both gone and here) or in a halloween sense.  People are walking around in costumes (my second year without a costume - I really should work on it).  At several points there are activities organized by the society.


One of my favorite events is the fire demonstrations.  This years event was much larger than last years.  Last years was on the field by the school - this years was done in the tenis courts with a chain link fence to keep people back.

Twirling With FireTwo Jump RopesJumping Insider Of Fire

The fire skipping ropes were a definite crowd favorite.  The hulla hoops on fire were pretty cool too.

Cross With FireFire Rings In PairsGhost Following  

Lots Of TwirlingSwirling Disks
 
 I had a bit more fun this year with costumes.  The block of comerical right in front of grandview park is a common place for people to strut their stuff and pose for photographers.  The best costumes were the ones that were clever, but so many people put so much effort into it that it was hard to pick favorites.
 
  White BandTwo Family Portraits
 
Stilt Woman And Her SpiderHuman MarionetteSmilies Encounter Spider
 
  Two Stick FiguresZombie Walking
 
Street Party On Going
Last year it was raining a little, but still busy.  This year it was clear (but cold) and the place was a zoo.  It was fun to do, and definitly worth returning too, perhaps in costume.


Halloween Night

Boat Going By Downtown
There aren't a lot of trick or treaters in a Condo - everyone seems to run to houses.  We spent the night watching a scary movie and listening to the near constant pop of fireworks going off around.  I walked out onto the deck and noticed everywhere you look, you could see mini-fireworks shows.  It's impressive how much money was going up in flames every second.  I tried to take a few pictures, but fireworks you can buy aren't on the same scale as the ones used by the professional shows.


Firing CandlesPopping In Front Of Building

The noise went well into the night, but I that is what you would expect on Halloween.



Firing Candles
Tags: city, fireworks, night, Vancouver
Sulphur Tuft
Tags: mushroom
Smilies Encounter Spider
Tags: costume, night, parade, stilt
House Decorated For Family
Tags: house, performance
Boat Going By Downtown
Tags: boat, city, night, Vancouver
White Band
Tags: costume, night, performance
White Chanterelles
Species: Cantharellus subalbidus (White Chanterelle)
Tags: mushroom
Pumpkin On Bench
Tags: bench, costume, Halloween, performance, pumpkin
Two Jump Ropes
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Street Party On Going
Tags: night, road
Fire Rings In Pairs
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Popping In Front Of Building
Tags: city, fireworks, night, Vancouver
Swirling Disks
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Stilt Woman And Her Spider
Tags: costume, night, parade, stilt
Zombie Walking
Tags: costume, night, performance
Ghost Following
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Two Family Portraits
Tags: costume, night
Two Stick Figures
Tags: costume, night
Our Bucket Of Mushrooms
Tags: mushroom
House With Ghosts
Tags: Halloween, house, performance
Sorting Mushrooms Into Quality
Tags: mushroom
Golden Chanterelle
Species: Cantharellus formosus (Pacific Golden Chanterelle)
Tags: mushroom
Lots Of Twirling
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Twirling With Fire
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Walking In Forest
Tags: forest, hiking
Human Marionette
Tags: costume, night, parade, performance, stilt
Cross With Fire
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Jumping Insider Of Fire
Tags: fire, long exposure, performance
Brother Michael
Lobster Mushroom
Species: Hypomyces lactifluorum (Lobster Mushroom)
Tags: mushroom
Tags: performance(14), night(11), long exposure(8), fire(8), costume(8), mushroom(6)
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