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Friday, May 20, 2016

Teepees, Glowing Woodstoves, Morels and Nettles

Michael by our first camp

One of the highlights of the survey was finding the elusive morel mushrooms.  It seems whenever I go out looking for them - I never find them.  But then suddenly you do find them (click here for last survey where we found them).  And they are everywhere and very very delicious.  I think mostly it is about timing - the morels are only present for a short window, and it changes depending on the year.  In my limited experience the morels should be out when the pushki plants on the hillside are close to knee high.  Green up is advanced but not quite full blown with leaves on all the trees.

For what it is worth we also saw the occasional blooming lupin.  So things are very early this year.

We also found lots of nettles and cooked up Spam and Nettles every night.  SPAM goes very well with nettles (click here for recipe).  Michael had never gone camping with a woodstove before, and I think he liked the slow pace of cooking on it - lots of courses - nettle appetizer, tea, then main meal, then more tea.  Cooking as entertainment!

Of course the stove was also a godsend the one evening we got to camp and it started to rain.  It kept the tent warm and dry.  No condensation of the inside of the teepee.  Patrick

2 morels caught by the camera before Michael could snap them up

Second camp and Michael sawing and splitting wood

We stored the morels in the egg carton to keep them from getting crushed

Michael had never camped with a woodstove before - he liked it!

Prepping the morels


alphabet soup said...

Hello Michael. I think I may have met you in the not-too-distant past.

As for those mushrooms, you would have to pay me a lot of money before I would consider eating them....

Ms Soup

Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

But morels are so good! Way way way better than anything you could buy. You should try them.