Chris's chilly night hunting morels
Photographs and Story submitted and copyrighted © 2000 by Chris of
Indiana. Morels were taken during the 2000 season in northern Michigan.
I have been going up to Michigan
to mushroom hunt now for close to ten years. There is a group of
12 guy's that go ever year.
Year after year we would always talk about hitting
it at the right time to find "big" white morels. In the
years past we have had great trips usually bringing back 5-7 pounds every
year. On this years trip (in our commute from Indiana) we got separated.
And of course our sleeping bags were in the "lost" group's
truck. The lost group decided that they would stop and sleep
somewhere and left us with nothing but our jackets and our tent.
Needless to say it was a long
We woke up first thing and went to town to get some
breakfast and coffee (lots of it). There was still no sign of the other
guys so we decided to get started. On the first morning in a little
less than 3 hours we collected 6 pounds between us. We had finally
hit it right! We were so pumped up we almost forgot about the other
Staying out in the cold that night was worth it just
to see the other guy's faces when we pulled in to camp with big white
Morels. Our luck would continue for the next two days.
By-the-way ...., I do use
mesh sacks for picking and storing, and not the plastic bags
shown in the above picture. The white bags were a convient way to make
the morels stand out in the photo.
When it was all said and done I
collected 23 lbs. of mushrooms in three days! This was by far the
best Mushroom trip I have ever had. Hopefully that won't stand for
long. Maybe this year will bring up plenty more. .... Chris
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