April 30th ~ Howard Prairie Lake, Oregon
I grew up hunting Morel Mushrooms in Southern Oregon. It was the equivalent of an Easter Egg hunt for adults. Morel Mushrooms are unique in appearance, and next to impossible to get them mixed up with a toxic type. They look more like a sea sponge and nothing like a toad stool.
It was of course great fun for me to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law to have a couple of days together in the mountains, reliving some of our childhood memories.
The lake and campground were almost deserted. Still very early in the season, the weather was quite cold with a smattering of snow to be found.
Our day started with hike on a well-marked trail along side the lake. Canada Geese were in abundance down by the water’s edge. Two bald eagles circled and soared high above us.
Several mushrooms were spotted, but not the varieties we knew, so we left them untouched where they were.
Finally Mark spotted two small, fresh morels, so we knew that they were just starting to come up.
Our day turned out to be more about hiking, spending time together, getting fresh air and a bit of exercise. We found very few mushrooms, but seeing the beautiful scenery and sharing it with special people more than made up for it.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we had packed a variety of clothes so that we could dress in layers, and that we managed to stay warm and dry in spite of the weather.