Mushroom hunting and getting lost

in naturalmedicine •  25 days ago 

Got out to the woods today. Not the usual woods where I'm familiar, but a new place where we went with Sam's Cub Scouts once. It's a little ways from the house, and I wanted Sam to come with so I'd have some pics of him for @goldenoakfarm, but he was a turd and didn't wanna come. Punk.

In hindsight, I can't blame him.

IMG_20191027_173848470_HDR.jpg

I set out to hike the two mile green trail. When we went with the scouts, Sam found an old reishi mushroom, and I wanted to go look for more since we had some good rain recently.

I didn't like the green trail. Well, not all of it. First I hiked the dark blue trail. Then I was lost. At the end of the blue trail, (when I was lost) I figured screw it, I'm not far from the truck, it's all trails in the same park, let's try the pink trail.

Well, the pink trail was cool. Lots of rocks and hills and trees. There were mushrooms all along, but all remnants from past seasons. It's still too warm I think. The pink trail led to the orange trail and I wondered if I should have grabbed a map. I should have grabbed a map.

I didn't at any point want to go backwards, so I just kept on keeping on. At some point I let Melissa know I was lost. Big mistake cause she somehow imagined that to mean I was filming an episode of Naked and Afraid in the Panamanian rain forest. I ended up touching every trail on the map.

The orange trail turned to the light blue trail, turned into the red trail, turned back into the light blue trail. During none of this adventure did any of the landscape look the same. But I wasn't really paying attention to that much. I missed the forest for the dead mushrooms at the bottoms of all the trees. Next time, I'll just go out to run. That way I'll pay better attention to the surroundings.

After the light blue, I found the white trail. The white trail is marked "easy," so I got excited. Those "advanced" trails were really hard on the old feet. My ankles are pretty sore. They haven't moved like that in a really long time. The easy trails, I reasoned, were closer to the trail head. Nope. The little stretch of white trail there took me to the windy bit on the yellow trail, which finally turned to the green trail. Which I didn't recognize at all. So from there, I followed the gravel road whichever way was uphill and got back to the truck after four hours of trekking.

IMG_20191027_145742591.jpg

Anyone know what that is? It's a polypore on an elm tree in Texas. I'm praying some type of ganoderma and would love insight.

IMG_20191027_145425336.jpg

More of the same. I dont think it's artist's conk, but I don't know. Can't seem to find much about their remnants, but they're polypore conks that do like elm trees...

IMG_20191027_162422864.jpg

Last season's turkeytails. There were a lot of logs like this.

IMG_20191027_153843303.jpg

Annnnd a bit of usnea on a mesquite tree with a deer skull in it. Pretty legit.

So, no harvest today. It's too hot out still. But all the remnant is encouraging. I wonder if these guys fruit on the same tree repeatedly. I'll be going back, though I won't be lost next time, cause I've been on the whole damn thing now! More reading to do :)

Good Sunday. Only like 3/4 lost cause, yeah, all the trails are connected like I thought. I just didn't know where I was or how long I would be there. Word to the wise: take a map. Or at least look at the map that's posted at the trail head.

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

@miti curation project.png

LOL nate! Well, now you sorta know another big area! And Farmer Sam is not a punk! Smart kid! LOL

I was mostly calling him a punk because I'm jealous of him 🤣 barefoot shoes make everything on the ground feel like a foot massage. Six miles of rough terrain in barefoot shoes is a lot more foot massage than I'm used to lol

All better now, and I'll be back at it again soon. I'm good at learning my lesson 👍

Congratulations! Your post has been selected as a daily Steemit truffle! It is listed on rank 4 of all contributions awarded today. You can find the TOP DAILY TRUFFLE PICKS HERE.

I upvoted your contribution because to my mind your post is at least 3 SBD worth and should receive 180 votes. It's now up to the lovely Steemit community to make this come true.

I am TrufflePig, an Artificial Intelligence Bot that helps minnows and content curators using Machine Learning. If you are curious how I select content, you can find an explanation here!

Have a nice day and sincerely yours,
trufflepig
TrufflePig

awesome. i'd love to learn more about which mushrooms are good. I see plenty of different types when out hiking.

We had our first frost last night so I will have to wait until next year now...

No no no, they like the cold! Well, some do. Spring and fall are the big mushroom seasons. I'm still super new to it all myself, and there's lots to learn!

ah right! well, consider my first lesson learnt! I'll keep my eyes peeled...