At long last, Brandon and I made a visit to our blue bus, which lives in the forest on a cliff above the river. In years past we have taken advantage of the autumn weather and the lovely foliage to spend as many weekends loafing at the bus as we could. Not this year. This year we have been so busy with the farm house renovations that the bus has been neglected. We have not relaxed around the campfire at the bus since the spring! When we went for a visit last weekend I was worried that we would find hobo's living it in, or junkies cooking up drugs while they enjoyed our new deck. Fortunately, even hobos and junkies are afraid of snakes, so the bus was just as we left it.
We took the dog on some exploratory hikes through the forest, following deer trails, and enjoyed the view of the river far below now that the leaves are off the trees. In the photo above you can see how steep the land is, and how our little deck is perched on the edge of the slope so we can have a nice view of the river and the opposite cliff line.
The forest is interesting even after all the leaves have fallen. I had fun trying to capture the spore cloud in a picture as I pinched these little puff ball mushrooms that were growing on a mossy log.
I say the bus was the same as we left it last spring because no humans had messed with it, but there were some visitors that left their calling cards. One of which was this giant spider. The spider was dead, thankfully, but Brandon picked it up and stretched it's legs out so we could see how big it really was. Big! I think maybe this is why we enjoy the bus so much in the fall, winter, and early spring. Hanging out in the forest in the summer means hanging out with the forest creatures when they are the most numerous and mobile, and this big guy might not have been fun to share a seat with.
And can you see what is on the table, on top of a pile of string we left there? A snake skin! I guess this is why we didn't find the mouse damage I expected. Not only do we have a house snake at our farm house, we also have a bus snake. How handy. It's better than locks on the doors, having a snake leave it's skin on the kitchen table. Hobos beware!
I hated to leave the bus, especially since I know it's likely that we will continue to spend our free time at the farm for the near future. But, the bus isn't going any where and it's nice to know we have a place where the most pressing chores are sweeping up dead spiders, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the tranquility of the forest.