ONE DAY of hard rain seemed to be a blessing. Scotty and I explored an area of steep uphill above a creek in a nice canyon and found saucer sized oysters and piles of chanterelles. The forest claimed my pocket knife - but we came home with 2.75# of oyster mushrooms, and 7.25# of chanterelles. Some of our recent "favorite" spots seem to have suffered some trampling and cutting down of branches by local authorities. We also suspect in one area that it is a bit cooler due to the direction the hillside faces - cutting down on the blooms of the chanterelles.
Meanwhile, I'm still cleaning chanterelles and haven't started on cutting lemons for chutney - woe is me!!