Wow that was a lot of rain! It kept going off and on most of the night and all through today, although today was more drizzle than storm. I took a trip to town, which involved driving along and over the South Anna River.
You can’t see it, but there is a dam under all that water. Usually, there is a small waterfall where the river flows over the dam. When the water is low, it doesn’t even flow over it. When the water is high, the waterfall can be pretty impressive, churning up a brown froth. When the water is even higher, the waterfall is more of a ripple, a standing wave. And when the water is really high (as it was this afternoon), you can’t even see where the dam is.
Yanceyville road was officially closed, at the spot where backed-up river water floods the road. But I think that by the time I was down there, the water level had receded a bit from this morning, as it was actually not that hard to drive through.
Earlier today, I had the uncommon pleasure of finding and eating a species of edible mushroom that I had previously not identified. This one is a “platterful” mushroom, and I would rate it’s flavor as “pretty good, nothing too amazing, but worth eating if you can find a decent specimen.” My son Sami was more impressed, saying it was the best-tasting mushroom he had ever eaten.Now this one is intriguing to me. I’ve been seeing them all over, and I’m going to try using a mushroom ID book to figure out just what it is, as soon as I’ve posted this.
Later in the afternoon, I took a trip to Acorn community with the kids. While they took a bubble bath, I wandered around looking for more mushrooms, and found these crazy clusters growing out of a sawdust-strewn old wood lot, a spot where they had split and stacked firewood in years past. After doing a bit of research, I think it’s an edible mushroom, H. capnoides (http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hypholoma_capnoides.html), but I’d need to do more research before I was ready to start eating it.
On the way back from Acorn, we had to cross the S. Anna River once more. Although not quite at flood stage (there was a safe few feet between the top of the river and the bridge), it was certainly running high.