Heceta Head

October 15, 1988

A long, relatively dry Indian Summer somewhat reduced the usual profusion of coastal mushroom life. There was enough fruiting, however, to make this a productive trip. A cool, cloudy morning set the stage for the first foray at the hemlock forest just east of Heceta Lighthouse. Golden Chanterelles were found in fair numbers, along with a sprinkling of large white Russulas. A few Variegated Mops and Woodland Agaricus made up the rest of the collection from the dense forest. An unexpected treat of Fairy Ring Mushrooms was found in the lawn at the trailhead at Devil’s Elbow State Park. The second leg of the trip started at the junction of Hwy. 101 and the Siltcoos River. Chanterelles were more abundant here, but thick ferns and salal brush made hiking more difficult. A few delectable King Boletus were a welcome addition on this foray. By the time we returned to our cars around 4 p.m., all hikers had enough wild edibles for several meals. Coast mushroomers were Elsie and Roy Benson, Teresa Brown, Rick Bickford, Freda Edbolom, Barb Elsen, Sharon Epperson, Gladys Grancorvitz, Ernie Hollenbeck. Miki Hutchison, Mae Jackson, Linda Johnston, Sue Langston, Carrie McClish, Richard & Sheila Minx, Robin Prentice, Chris Reck, Paula Vehrs, Howard Tikka and Doug Schultz (leader).

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