One of the participants to this foray asked Kevin:  “what do you recommend for Chanterelles and Porcinis?”   Kevin Sadlier, a former chef, mushroomer super-extraordinaire, and founder of the Mycological Society of Marin County, said:  “Butter for Chanterelles, olive oil for Porcini.”

It was a popular event and we were able to accommodate 72 participants.  Sadly, out of this number, only 33 showed up at the 10 a.m. meeting place.  I surmise they thought it would rain, as the forecast said, but it turned out to be gloriously bright and dry.

The 33 persons in the group got divided in two.  Around 20  went up the Whittenberg trail with Kevin, a grueling two mile hike up the mountain. Those of us older or less inclined to strenuous exercise followed Colleen Sudekum around the lower Horse Trail and Kule Loke.

We met back at the picnic grounds at 12:30 to talk about the mushrooms and display our finds.  And we did find some beautiful specimens:  Red (both small and large), yellow waxy caps and green witches’ hat (Hygrocybe marchii,  H. singer, H. flavescens,  and Gliophorus psittacinus (Sensu CA); luscious candy caps (Lactarius rubidus);  yellow staining milk caps  (Lactarius xanthogalactus); slimy rosy slime spike (Gomphidius subroseus); bright red scarlet cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea); dull brown bladder cups (Peziza vesiculosa); phosphorescent orange peel (Aleuria aurantia) and orange conifer jelly (Dacrymyces chrysospermus); black King Alfred’s cramp or carbon balls (Annulohypoxylon thouarsianum); convoluted fluted brown elfin saddle (Helvella maculate), compressed elfin saddle (H. compressa), and Western black Elfin saddle (H. vespertina); a lovely specimen of  plenty of sunny side up (Bolbitius titubans); and the usual Amanitas (augusta, gemmata and a possible velosa that was discarded because it was not 100% identified).  We also found one specimen of Russula brevipes, Laccaria lacata, Polyporus arenicola, a Cortinarius sp, a Ganoderma sp, a bunch of Sulphur Tuft,  two specimens of Tricholoma saponaceum;  lovely yellos and white coral fungus (Clavaria and Calocera ?); a tender group of Ear Pick fungus; plenty of turkey tails (Trametes versicolor, false turkey tails (Stereum hirsutum), and gilled turkey tail (Trametes betulina).  No porcini, but a single specimen of Suillus subtomentosus and a Xerocomellus sp.  But the catch of the day was one Psilocybe cyanescens found by lovely Didem Eransen.  I don’t have to tell you how much it was admired….

We had fun.  Isn’t that the whole idea?