Survival Bros did it again. We mobbed to Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon to mushroom hunt. Its been wet, so this time provided way better results.
First, Shauna, Mac, and I explored the wooded area west of Coffenbury Lake. We discovered many types of fungi. We brought a book called, “Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” and used our smart phones to help identify the shrooms as we went. By the lake we found mostly Mycena, and other mushrooms that aren’t good to eat. Look at the crazy orange one we found on a tree (top right). It’s a Pholiota flammans.
After a few hours of rustling through the brush, we drove to the Peter Iredale shipwreck site to park. We walked to the Delora Dune Trail, and went north. This area is swampy, and packed with tall beach grass, and scotch broom. I started spotting medium sized, slimy brown mushrooms called Slippery Jack boletes. We collected around 130 of them in a few short hours. Later, it took a lot of work to clean them, and remove the sticky top of the cap for drying. The oven was on low all night.
Once again, we found a few edible pine spikes, and a handful of mica caps. We found so many varieties, we are still comparing pictures, and taking spore prints to identify them. Out of the edible ones we know, and dried, my buddy Mac plans on making a mushroom seasoning mix for cooking. We’ve already tried the boletes in a barley pilaf dish, that included dried chanterelles found previously on a golf course.
I also found a large Amanita muscaria, or Fly Agaric! That was a treat. They are so beautiful, warts and all. Of course they are poisonous, so get to know the family. Here’s a quick video of what we found on the hunt. We used Coast Knives from Portland Oregon to cut, and clean the mushrooms.
HD video of Survival Bros finding and cutting a few mushrooms to take home.
Anytime I’m outdoors now, I’m mushroom hunting. This area near the Columbia River is ideal for many desirable species. I hope this blog helps. Survival Bros will continue to share our experiences here, so visit often. Thanks!
– Cameron McKirdy