Day 28 Many More Mushrooms

To Eat or not to Eat.  That is the question

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 Our first day out of Whitehorse was blissfully free of surprises.  We had our usual pit stops so the poodles could stretch their legs, but we had a lot of road to cover so no time for any dilly dallying.  After a long day of driving I found a convenient spot to stay the night.

Our camp was at the end of this dirt road

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Mushrooms

It seemed like a pretty nondescript spot until we wandered into the woods and found a land filled with mushrooms.  I counted at least 15 different types of all shapes, sizes and colors.   I don’t know if they were from different species, families or simply varying life stages but the variety was astounding.  I tried to look them up but, as usual, my ability to identify them fell short.  It seems that there can be very minute details that separate one type of mushroom from another.  You must look at the ribs under the cap, the cap, the color, the bulb, the way the stem attaches to the top, the way it opens, the way it decays, what color appears when you cut it, and much more.

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I thought this was a giant puffball until I saw that it had an enormous stem.The one below was rotted but you can see the size of its stem.

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Jelly Mushrooms… that’s really what they’re called.

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Coral Mushroom Edible

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Unknown Opalescent mushroom. It reminded me of a jelly fish see the coloring along the edges of the cap? Make sure you enlarge this picture. It’s worth it to seeing the coloring.

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Parasol Mushroom

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FOOLED YOU (shame on me). It’s not a mushroom or a chicken foot, it’s a stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Puffballs: Also know as Lycoperdon or the Devil’s Snuff-Box

I collected these for dinner.  Puffballs have to be harvested before their insides explode.  I was excited to see such large ones that were still young enough to eat.

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More puffballs Lycoperdon perlatum

 From Wikipedia

“The distinguishing feature of all puffballs is that they do not have an open cap with spore-bearing gills. Instead, spores are produced internally, in a spheroidal fruiting body called agasterothecium (gasteroid (‘stomach-like’) basidiocarp). As the spores mature, they form a mass called a gleba in the centre of the fruiting body that is often of a distinctive color and texture. The basidiocarp remains closed until after the spores have been released from the basidia. Eventually, it develops an aperture, or dries, becomes brittle, and splits, and the spores escape. The spores of puffballs are statismospores rather than ballistospores, meaning they are not actively shot off the basidium. The fungi are called ‘puffballs’ because clouds of brown dust-like spores are emitted when the mature fruiting body bursts, or in response to impacts such as those of falling raindrops.”

At the end of this video you can see the spores on my finger tips

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A spent Puffball


 

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I call this the perfectly-cooked-pancake-mushroom but I don’t know what it really is.

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Easy-Over-Egg-Mushroom…. ???

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and then I found a petrified crushed dinosaur egg!

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Just Kidding

 

 If you want to see some excellent pictures of some truly beautiful fungus click

HERE


GOOD NIGHT

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Toad Stools

Day 26 and 27 Laying low in Whitehorse

Not an exciting two days

Worked on the blog, collected wild mushrooms

and slept

 

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The nicest private campground I stayed in Canada. It had all the amenities, was rustic but tidy and the sites weren’t too crowed together and surrounded by trees. It even had a book exchange.

 Shaggy Mane

Remember the Shaggy Mane mushrooms I found earlier?  Well, I found a whole crop coming up along a path near the campground.  This is the best time to pick them, before they open up. Even at this stage if they sit for two long they turn to a puddle of black goo.

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Since I can’t use them all at once I parboiled them and will store them in the freezer.

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But i’m making an omelet out of some of them

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It’s not a puffer fish

Final product… I never said I was a culinary genius…..

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Poodles get their own treat.  I picked up some raw meaty bones and they’re digg’n it

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Crashed at the end of the day … chewing bones is hard work

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Day 12 Wolves and the Arctic Circle

Wildlife Groupnot including domestics Number of species in Yukon
known as of September 2007
Amphibians (i.e. frogs and toads) 4
Fishes (not including salt water species) 36
Mammals (not including humans 66
Birds 227
Butterflies 92
Large Moths 286
Dragonflies 40
Spiders 300+
Insects total species 6,000+
Mosses 400+
Vascular Plants (i.e. not including mosses, liverworts, hornworts or algae) 1,242

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Day 12 From Engineer Creek CG to Rock River CG

 

The first part of the day took us through twisted hilly areas of old burned Boreal forest

(In Alaska we called it Taiga forest)

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miles muddy of road

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and into a world unto itself

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Our goal for the day:

From the beginning of the Arctic Circle to As Far As One Can Drive in Canada

 

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Not quite Tundra yet

 

Even here you’ll find evidence of men marking their territory

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As Nickel discovers Caribou remains (again)IMG_2860

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Note where TinTin is looking …..

 

Wolves discover us 

 

 

Heading North we hit more rain which meant more mud.  This mud was a slick and oily substance that stuck to the car and made the traveling treacherous.  IMG_2880 IMG_2883

For about 30 miles it was like driving on black ice and slush that forced us to slow down to 10-20 miles an hour.

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The driving was wearisome but once past it we had traveled over another pass and to drier terrain.   It was time for another break.

This hike took us out to the Tundra.  I am in love with hiking here.  It is abundant with plant life and if you take the time, bend down, and study you are welcomed into a miniature world of color and texture.

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By late afternoon we reached our goal of Rocky River Campground.  Apparently a routine has been established; we headed out to the river to have a look around.

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Like Engineer Creek, this one was bathed in iron deposits making the rocks red.

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IMG_2993Our campsite was a lovely grassy spot nestled in a grove of poplar and birch.  Of course there were a few mushrooms to be found

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Shaggy Manes… we’ll see more of these later!

 

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The only other people in here was a mother and son.  He was about 8 yrs old and told me that his goal was to find a caribou antler.  I told him is was one of mine too….

Day 8 Continued… onto Moose Creek Territorial Park for the night

Believe it or not… we finally arrive at our campground destination!

but NO!  We’re not even close to being done for the day… remember?  the sun sets at around 10:30 now!

 

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There’s still some exploring to do and what better way to start than discovering more mushrooms…. yes! more mushrooms.

If anyone knows the names of any of these, I’d love to know.  The one below was called a Hawk Wing in a book at the Tombstone Ranger station.   I saw it called something else since then.  d

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Hawks Wing I discovered later that these are edible… dang

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oops, what’s that doing here?

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Lichen and moss

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another lichen and… yet another moss….

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let’s see… pine cone, lichen, moss, mushroom and… puffball

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Strawberries and Cream. Yes, That’s really what they call it…

Yet another dung picture..  It was interesting because it’s the size of a cat poop but obviously most of it’s diet was full of chlorophyl.  Any ideas?

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So out of the woods we hiked and into the river channel.

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Through out this blog you might notice my predilection for walking through all types of terrain in my sox and sandals.  Although it is rather odd (ok, don’t say it), socks and sandals are the perfect way to travel when one has limited storage space and limited ability to dry articles of clothing.  Wool socks stay warm in the most frigid of water and they dry much more quickly that in insides of a boot.  My favorite socks for doing this are my merlon Icelandics from New Zealand.  Oh so comfy and durable!

 

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I guess you can’t really tell that my socks are on….

 

The poodles had fun getting their feet wet and I had a chance to find some interesting animal prints.  I saw raccoon, beaver

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and wolf

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Well, all good things must come to an end

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But sometimes that end is just the beginning for something even better!!

We finally settle down for a good bone chewing

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