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Here's how to join one of our free Fall 2021 mushroom forays in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (about 75 minutes south of Puyallup, WA).

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Honey Mushroom, Humongous Fungus, Malheur National Forest -

Our Fall Mushroom Tour 2019 saw us cover more than 7,500 miles of the USA in search of mushrooms. The first of three, this blog covers the outbound leg of our tour from Washington to Pennsylvania.

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Armillaria ostoyae, Honey Mushroom, Humongous Fungus -

On October 9 we headed out for a 3,444-mile foray across the northern U.S., from west to east, to visit national forests and see the mushroom sites. (Along the way my son-in-law Mike and I also stopped at 8 coffee roasters and a half dozen brew pubs. Mike is a true coffee connoisseur, and the daily caffeine overdose was a small price to pay for his extremely helpful participation in my schemes.) First stop on our seven-day itinerary was the Malheur National Forest in northeast Oregon, home of the world's largest single living organism, an Armillaria ostoyae (Honey Mushroom) infestation in...

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angel wings, boletes, chanterelles, children, golden chanterelles, hedgehogs, lobsters, Zeller's Boletes -

Every week I'm out there (on the slopes of Mt. Rainier) hunting this fall, there seems to be a different variety of exotic mushrooms predominating. At first (about a month or so ago) it was Lobsters, loads of Lobsters. Then shortly after that the Chanterelles started, but didn't come in as strong as usual; but after the rains what did come in strong were the Boletes: Fat Jacks, Zeller's Boletes (pictured at right), even Admirables.We've had a few weeks with almost no rain, now, and the Boletes are drying out and thinning out a bit. But what is coming on...

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boletes, chanterelles, Lobster Mushroom, lobsters, Puffball Mushrooms, Shaggy Parasols -

Fall is our favorite time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest ... because the weather is nice, the colors great, but mostly because of the mushrooms! They are springing up everywhere. Recent forays have yielded lots of Boletes (Slippery Jacks and Admirables), Golden Chanterelles, Lobsters, Puffballs, and others. This blog shares more about upcoming forays in the Puget Sound, and also a status report on cultured Shaggy Parasols now springing up.

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