It's the first time we went into a nearby park to look for mushrooms. We've walked and run in that park many times, but have never looked for mushrooms. Since going out with pw, we have a better idea of where to look (i.e. what trees to look for -- just as mister anchovy said about how you need to learn about the trees of the forest). After rooting around for a little while we started to find chanterelles. They were mostly pretty small, but were expecting a week of rain so we'll head back in there next weekend.
We collected some others to identify (mostly inedible) and called it a day.
There were lots of people in the park walking their dogs. The dogs were very curious about these two people rustling around off the path and several came to check us out (even though it is a dog on leash area). I had my bear bell on not only to alert any bears of our presence, but also so we did not startle people or dogs with the sound of rustling in the forest not far from the trail. I also carried my bear spray just in case (for an aggressive bear not the people of course).
I hope next week proves to be fruitful.