A foraging we will go….

Well, I guess 2012 is just about over and done!   When I started this little adventure log, I wanted to write at least one post a month.  I’ve only missed September, so I’m pleased with that.  I’m looking forward to 2013 – we already have several expeditions in mind, and I can’t wait to see what they hold in store for us.

For December, I thought I would write about our mushroom investigations during our “recent” trip to Village Creek State Park.  While on our trip to Petit Jean, Joe was enamored with all the different varieties of mushrooms we found in the woods.  My dad played the role of instructor, and taught Joe a few key do’s and don’ts to follow when looking at wild mushrooms.

Later, Pops sent Joe a Pocket Naturalist Guide to Mushrooms in the mail, which Joe studied and learned how to identify various mushroom species.  To my surprise, while we were on the trails at Village Creek, he (correctly) identified several different species. 

Rather going on a Jerry Garcia-esque trip, or trip to the emergency room,  we decided to take pictures of each of Joe’s mushroom finds.  When we got back home, we compared our pictures to the ones in the guidebook, and learned about which ones would have been poisonous, or edible.

The key thing we have learned about mushroom hunting is this:   Unless you are really sure of the species, or are with an expert forager, leave the mushrooms be.  Since we don’t really like mushrooms anyway, we were happy to let them live to see another day.   Here are a few pics from our hunt.  Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

See you on the trail in 2013…

Setting out...

Setting out on the Big Ben trail…

Chanterelle - We think!

Chanterelle (edible, we think!)

Witch's Butter (not edible!)

Witch’s Butter (not edible!)

Turkey Tail (not edible!)

Turkey Tail (not edible!)

Oyster Mushroom (edible, we think!)

Oyster Mushroom (edible, we think!)

Ice Cream Cone (definately edible!)

Ice cream cone treat, for being a good little hiker (definitely edible!)


  1. Hayden says:

    “To my surprise, while we were on the trails at Village Creek, he (correctly) identified several different species.”

    I’m not surprised. Smart kid.

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