Sunday, September 28, 2008
31-Often dozes off
30-Loves to Eat
29-Likes to Relax
28-Likes to scatter things
31-Capable of taking hits
31-Alert to sounds
30-Likes to run
29-Quick to flee
28-Somewhat of a clown
27-Impetuous and silly
28-Often lost in thought
28-Hates to lose
31-Likes to thrash about
30-Proud of its' Power
27-A little Quick-Tempered
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I finally made it out hiking. I've been afraid to drive anywhere so I've just been riding my bike around town instead of going hiking. I started my journey by crashing my car into my garage! I did not know it was in gear when I let out the clutch after starting it. I always put the car in neutral (and put the E brake on) when I park.
I made it to the trail head at about 10:30 and I hiked to spike camp. I found a lot of lobster mushrooms but I did not pick them. I also found a handful of chanterelles that I did pick. There is a one quart limit on mushrooms in the National Park.
I finally saw the Salal leaf faces and I took a few pictures of them. I might upload my trip pictures later. My track log is not good because my GPS batteries were going dead. After I had hiked about 3/4 of a mile I realized I did not have my car keys on me. I ditched my pack underneath a giant lobster mushroom and went back to my car to get them. I was afraid that I had left my car door open too. I head was really spinning when I started my hike so who knows what state I might have left my car in. I found my keys in the car ignition and all the doors locked so I used my hide-a-key and retrieved my car keys and was soon on my way again. My hide-a-key has saved me many times now.
I was hoping to go to big log camp but when I got to spike camp I laid down to rest and before I knew it I was asleep. Quite strange to fall asleep with my head spinning from mania but I did and I felt so much better after I woke up. My head stopped spinning and I hike out at a leisurely rate. I got done at about 3:30.
College starts back up week after next. I'm really worried about how I'm going to do but my husband is pushing me hard to go back anyway.
Ok I'll try to stick just to hiking stuff.
I went about 7 miles. how many miles on my shoes now?
Saturday, September 13, 2008
These we found on campus last fall and still do not know what they are they had really strong stringy "roots"
We found this one three years ago and it was the very first chanterelle that my oldest daughter ever found:
Friday, September 12, 2008
I made it out yesterday though and had a nice outing with my kids. We did not have to go very far into the National Forest to find a bunch of white chanterelles and a huge lobster mushroom. We also found some mushrooms that look almost exactly like King Boletes and taste a bit like them too. We are not sure if they are actual king boletus but we call them Kings anyway and we were very excited to find them.
Aspen/Birch boletus are growing in a yard in town but the slugs have gotten to all of them. Interestingly a Poison Paxillus mushroom grows in that yard two. Last night in the dark I crept up on two of these mushrooms only to grab a slug each time. YUCK! I guess I better stalk them during the day.
I've not found any shaggy manes yet this year but I know of a place in Olympia where they grow in abundance so I'll be getting them soon.
We already have more chanterelles then we know what to do with and we have not finished off the ones we dried last fall. There is a chanterelle recipe contest here and I can not help but laugh at how fancy most of the submitted recipes are. For something that I can get all I want of out in the woods for free every year these recipes seem like a pretty extravagant way to go. I have to feel sorry for city folk who can't get free oysters and mushrooms. I used to live in Downtown Seattle so I know how that goes.
Quick Family Meal from the Woods
3 slices of bacon
About 15 chanterelle mushrooms
Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
Frozen mixed vegetables
First fry the Chanterelles at a medium heat until all of the water has evaporated then set the mushrooms to the side. Fry the bacon and chop it into quarter sized pieces, do not drain the grease when the bacon is done add some of what ever frozen veggies you happen to have in your freezer this week and add the mushrooms back in and bacon grease add eggs and grated cheddar cheese. Mix it all together and cook it until the eggs are firm and the vegetables are hot. Season with salt, pepper and hot wing sauce to taste.
Normally this time of year I go up the Skokomish Rez and get some cheap King salmon to put in my smoker. Kings are my favorite and they are much cheaper on the rez, I would not dream of paying grocery store prices for them. But this year they are selling for $4.00 a pound whole. I'm sure that's a great deal compared to what you would pay in the store but it still makes Kings too expensive for us this year. A 20 pound king would cost $60.00! Maybe I'll just get some chum to smoke, I can usually get that for 50 cents a pound on the rez, and I supposed it will be a dollar a pound this year though.
The price of corn at Hunter farms has gone up too, last year it was 4 ears for a dollar but this year it is three for a dollar. I wonder if the government can turn some of that subsided ethanol back into corn? For as long as I can remember corn was 8 ears for a dollar but those days are long gone. At least gas at the Arco is back down to $3.69 per gallon. I remember when gas cost less then $1.00 a gallon though.