We stayed at South Beach State park a few nights and decided to move a bit further south, closer to a few more of our favorite mushroom hunting areas.
This is was our great spot at south beach..
Before leaving we took a spin around the campground. Just a few hundred feet from our site was this Gorgeous King Bolete!
my only find..
I Want more of these!
We pack up Homey and drive to our next campground..
We head from south Newport to Florence..
When we arrive at the campground we are treated with a welcome committee of Wrentits…
I never took a photo of our actual campsite.
It was very private and wooded.
The following morning we took a walk on our favorite trail near
Looking for our patch of Matsutake mushroom..
It was producing a few mushrooms, but not as many as we picked four years ago at this same spot.
These mushrooms are highly prized, especially by the Japanese and Chinese for its spicy-aromatic odor.
They smell like pine trees..
onto open dunes..
Where mushrooms bleed…
and lichen look like soap bubbles on the loose…
I say hello and pick it to be dried later..
Check out this link to some of the best edible mushrooms in Oregon.
via the dunes..
Following the steps to the campground we pass this little critter..
It flies a short distance and watches us..
What a great way to end our magical mushroom foray.
Matsutake from the days foray..
I cook some, freeze and dry what is left.
I sauté remaining Chanterelles from the previous days find and freeze them to enjoy when we are far away from this mushroom filled area....
Ahhh…time to rest.. And repeat!