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80 Comments on “Ask Morel Doctor Board


  1. Lobo

    In Washington & Oregon it is basically one year after logging if west of the Cascade Range and two years after on the east side and on to the Rocky Mtns. That is a basic rule of thumb, it may vary depending upon time of logging. Also the more that the soils are disturbed the greater the morel crop will be. I look for thistles the size of dinner plates to determine if the area soils are ready to flush morels. http://matsiman.com/md_web/photo_gallery/dinner_plate_sized_thistle.htm

    1. Arrow Shrooms

      I thought of one other thing, do you know if the soil types of the logged areas matter much and would determine whether an area produces or not?
      Thanks in advance for your input

    2. Lobo

      Logged area mostly like any other where the soil is conducive to produce morels.

      I found that the best for me was soils that were deep with thick duff. If they used a cat for logging then the tracks often might be full with morels.

      Good luck

  2. Arrow Shrooms

    Lobo, I picked in higher mountainous terrain last year in BC it produced great conicas but not too much in the way of Greys and blondes. There was quite a bit of logging of the area done during picking and after it was finished. Do you have any experience or thoughts on logging burned areas and 2nd year picking and whether it would be worthwhile checking out again this year. – Thanks

    1. Lobo

      The logging activity may have affected the season, I’ve seen that happen in the lower 48. It may be worthwhile to check it again this year, however logging sometimes stops morel growth for a couple years.
      Some burns only produce Conica and some only produce Greys & Greenies, I do not know why.
      Perhaps if you ask Mother Nature, if you get a reply from her let us know.

    2. Arrow Shrooms

      Thanks for your info. Do you have any thoughts or experience picking in areas that have not been burned but been logged? I have heard that some people do this but know nothing about the timing of it, (time of year of logging and how long after) or whether it is the same or similar to picking after burns. Also for how many years can burns produce morels given new vegetation growth where it may be still worthwhile to check.

  3. zay shaeffer

    Hi, I’m an Alaskan picker who has very few hunting options due to the lack of forest fires last summer. The spot I picked last year had quite a lot of gray fire morels and mtn blondes. It’s starting to look like my only feasible option is hunting the same burn for year number two. Is this a waste of time or is it possible to have good flushes two years in a row? I’m fairly new to hunting burn sites so I was wondering if I’m waisting my time or not. Any info is very much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Lobo

      I have picked 2nd year burns and the greys were spectacular, a bit spotty in large patches.

      Lotsa spider webs to contend with, but I wore a sketter suit and could concentrate on the morels.

    2. zay shaeffer

      thanks for the info Lobo! I actually just discovered there’s a reprog within the complex as well and didn’t know about those until I read through these msg boards. Really wish i would have checked it out last yr but i just thought it wouldnt be worth my time lol.

  4. Lobo

    Jaws;

    You need to read and post on the Buyer & Picker message board for matsutake information. This time of year the morel season is wrapped up.

    Did you ever read all the morel information that I have posted with my photos; did you come up as planned for morel picking this summer?

    As for matsutake mushrooms, read the information again; your questions are already answered. If you do not read all of the information that matsiman has on this site you are doing yourself a great disservice.

    His research info is very important for new as well as old foragers and you must not have internalized all of it yet. Morels are best when cut above the ground.

    If you cut matsutake above the ground then the buyers will not purchase your product, just brush the dirt off of the stipe.

    In some forests of the NW they issue a sizing ring and if a matsi fits thru the ring then you cannot pick it.

    If you get caught without a permit on your person or with undersized matsi then they issue a ticket or haul you off to see a judge. Matsi permits are not as cheap as morel permits.

  5. Matsiman Post author

    Jaws, If your talking about matsi picking then look at this page, http://matsiman.com/harvestmethod.htm

    Morel picking is different Most cut the stalk. Pulling them is accepted but, I don’t recommend. They get more dirt in the picking container and buyers want them cut with a short stem.

    I’m no expert at morel picking so maybe Lobo will respond to your question.
    Matsiman

    1. Jaws

      Thanks matsiman,
      Yes I am aiming for matsutake mushrooms. I am coming from Texas, do you know a general area for me to go matsu hunting in. Vague is okay with me, I want to get started. It says they turn the soil blueish grey, is that under a pine tree? Thanks for all your help,
      Jaws

  6. Jaws

    Hey,
    I have read everything on this site for matsutake picking. I am s bit confused as to how the best picking method is performed for maximum regrowth.
    Also I am looking for atleast a hint on where to go for getting started in the pacific nw. A general area would be great. I am open to joining with others or a seller who wants a dedicated picker.
    Boomblastadorium@nullgmail.com

    1. yukonwildthings

      Lobo, I did see Arnica, and it was fully bloomed, flowers starting to look a bit old even. Coal River had greys more than 2 weeks ago. Didn’t look like greys or anything else would be forthcoming on the Teslin burn. I did notice a few extremely shriveled and weather morels that may have been from last fall.

  7. Lobo

    yukonwildthings

    There was a good crop of 2nd year conica in Arizona this spring but poor 1st year and no greys to speak of.

    California came on with a bang but currently no one seems to be bragging.

    I am aware of some Idaho/Montana & Oregon/Washington burnsites that produced a good crop of 1st year conica this year as well as a grey crop has been on for a few weeks. Blue Mountains appear to be still producing.

    Some areas have reported poor results like what you are experiencing. I do not know why but every year some burnsites fail to produce while other ones produce all summer long and into the fall.

    It is possible that a few areas in the 2nd & 3rd year burns of the north country will produce greys. Also a burn that does not produce much if any conica just might be saving itself for a ‘grey show’ or mega amounts of pickles once the ground warms up.

    1. yukonwildthings

      Thanks for the reply Lobo. Generally my experience is that only the first year after a fire produces well up here in the North. One of my theories has been that fires that occur later in the summer tend to produce better as the mushrooms don’t have to compete with the vegetation as much. Do you have an opinion about this? I know the Teslin River burn was very early last summer due to an unseasonably hot dry May and the vegetation was very advanced already. I suspect the ground was still wet/cold during the burn last year as much of the moss was not burnt through well. This may also have had a negative effect. Another oddity that I noticed in Coal River was that greens were out already in early June seeming having skipped the blondes. Normally we see a progression like this: blacks –>grays + blondes –> greens (if any). Any thoughts are welcome.

    2. Lobo

      Yes I agree that in the NW it seems that the later in the year that the burn happens the better it will produce.

      However in the SW a spring burn may produce conica in the Fall of the same year of the burning. The moss growth is advanced and conica appear.

      I do not know if this can occur in your area but anything is possible with Nature. She changes the rules that we think we know all of the time.

      In the Dollar fire of 2004 I did not see any conica the next year and only a few odd greys but there were numerous greenies.

      Have you looked at the Heart Leaf Arnica photos in my Morel Doctor gallery? I found it to be the best indicator of soil readiness for various morel variety growth.

      If I am hunting black naturals and the arnica is not out yet or the leaves are too small then I do not wast my time hunting morels in that area.

      If it is fire morels that I am looking for then I look for the arnica’s stage of growth to see if the soil is warm enough for that variety of morel.

  8. yukonwildthings

    Hello Morel Doctor and other morel enthusiasts. It is June 22 here in the Yukon, and I should be out in the burns picking loads of beautiful grays and blondes right now. Not for lack of trying, instead, I am here in front of the computer wondering why the morel crop has, for all intents and purposes, failed here in the northwest. The fires we had last summer were in great terrain, with a big one near Coal River east of Watson Lake, one on the Teslin River, and others on the Stewart Rivers. I cannot confirm how the northern fires are doing, but I have seen first hand the Coal River and Teslin River burns, and they are by far and away the worst I have seen. I have been told that the fires in B.C. have similarly failed to produce this year. Moisture does not seem to have been a limiting factor as we have had well above average rainfall from late May into June. I have a number of years experience with fire morels in the north and spoken with many other knowledgeable pickers and buyers without any satisfying explanations. Any comments or insights into this situation would be welcome!

  9. sunray

    Hi, I am in Vancouver and I will drive to Barney Lake, Watson Lake or Yucon in the next days , If sombody its interested to share the car and the gas, or make a team. I have a Fortd Windstar mini van. I am from Spain, my name is Joaquin tel. 250-267-7473

  10. Lobo

    hootowl

    I have experience in the suffocation of the little white worms in both morels and boletes prior to selling them fresh to restaurants and at the Farmers Market.

    There are those who will say that the morels will spoil if you place them into plastic but in my experience they taste just as good & can sell them after the worms crawl out.

    Just before my stroke I kept Idaho alpine morels fresh and tasty coming back to Arizona for more than two weeks surrounded by ice in a cooler.

    Back to the worms; I place my morels in 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, suck extra air out, and then bury them in ice or place in a fridge just above freezing.

    The ‘hoppy bugs’ which are Springtails die within about 8 to 12 hours and worms crawl out to the sides of the bag within two days.

    I never need to wash my morels because I pick them clean and never need to consume any bugs.

    Boletes are a bigger challenge and take much longer for de-worming to take place. If they are much infested it is best to cut away the worm pocket and as much as needed. Or just slice and cook or dry em.

    1. Lobo

      I my experience Worms and Springtails only seem to come out every year in the spring and only attack Natural morels & Conica fire morels.

      I do not know why I never found them in the blonds, greys or greenies. It may be due to temperature or to the chemical makeup of the morel variety.

      I have harvested fire morels from June until October and every year seemed to be the same.

  11. hootowl

    I’m in the Nakusp area and picked morels at a couple small burns 3500′ to 4500′ started 3 weeks ago. To eat give away and dry for later sale. Also like to sell some fresh at a farmers market. They have been very wormy ( white Magots). I put a big bowl in the fridge to store and lots of worms crawl out, or when soaked in salt water or cooked. Thought maybe it was some of the big older ones but very careful last time to not b pick any over mature, still wormy. I,ve picked here in the past, one big burn by my home I picked from May to Sept 10 and no worms except some olives at lower elevation. Any idea if they will not be wormy later on at higher els? Have a store that would sell some fresh but I don’t think they would appreciate magots crawling around the produce section. Why this year and not in the past?

  12. Lobo

    JC

    I first observed the morels in the reprod along the edge of the new burn in Washington near the BC border. It was occurring at the edges of several burns.

    In another year it was occurring in a 8ft tall reprod area in Oregon near Fly Valley that was not next to another burn.

    In Idaho at higher elevation the reprod was producing about 80lbs of greys & greenies per picker each day in as little as 4 hrs picking time & 4 hrs daily hiking time to & from the area.

    The rest of the new burn was only producing a gallon or two during the same time on the same days.

  13. JC

    Lobo, question for you. In one area I visit yearly, the past two years I have seen fruiting patterns in naturals that are more similar to those from a burn (large clusters, patches that are denser than typical, more overall abundance) in an area adjacent to an older burn. The area was not itself burned, but immediately downslope, and was more noticeable in the 2nd year after the burn than in the 3rd.

    It might have been coincidence and just yearly conditions for naturals that were better than previous years, but it seems possible that nutrients or other triggering factors released by the burn may have been carried downslope and boosted the crop a little. Have you ever noticed anything similar? It seems like a logical theory but with morels you never know.

    1. Lobo

      I have seen photos on facebook of what I felt was more than usual natural morel growth this year next to a burnsite but just figured that they were experiencing a great spring.

      I did not think to question them on the relationship or position. I was normally focused on the burn area. Due to my stroke I cannot get to my research data and cannot recall at this time.

      My brain is attempting to remember something about this subject that I just cannot pull out, perhaps it will come to the fore later.

      Sometimes phenomenal growth of fire morels will occur in an old burnsite where the new burn slopped over into the reprod. The new burn produces fairly well but the old burn produces longer and better.

    2. JC

      Thanks Lobo – it is especially hard to tell this year, at least in WA, since the record wet winter followed by an unusual amount of rain in May is likely producing a better-than-usual crop of naturals. Last year climate conditions were not nearly as favorable though and I saw more evidence of this effect (if it is indeed happening.) I don’t have much field experience with burn morels but my impression so far is that the ash acts like a fertilizer that morels respond aggressively to. Obviously not the only factor involved, but it might be a strong one.

      Interesting that a 2nd burn in a previously burned area will outproduce the newly burned area. No idea what factors might explain that but I will keep an eye out for that kind of situation. Thanks as always for sharing your experience and insight!

  14. mgfree

    Hi I am looking for buyer information. We are in NWT waiting for morel harvesting to begin (we’ve been monitoring multiple groupings growth for 7 days now). This is our first year and we are looking to contact a buyer or know how to know where buyers will be located during the season. We are completely self sufficient and have all our own supplies and can relocate numerous times if necessary. Any contacts, tips and/or information would be very appreciated! ☺ We will be in service for about an hr then again to check for buyer info tomorrow at some point. Currently we are at km 96 yellowknife highway 3 NWT. Thank you in advance for any help!!!! 7808348232 ☺☺

  15. Lobo

    I once considered naming a mining claim Bouncing Betty or Claymore but signs with those names might not be effective with someone who may not understand.

  16. Matsiman Post author

    I have a minor problem with Mexican pickers here on the private property I manage during matsi season. About 3 dozen a season sneak onto the property to pick. None of them are in the US legally.

    The property is well picked by 4 people. Two use the funds to help with their property payment, one is disabled and the other, me, gives the mushrooms to locals who cannot pick for themselves.

    As you all know, I’m not prejudice to anyone. It’s my job to keep strangers off this property and my obligation to help the others who pick here free from intruders.

    The effect of illegal aliens foraging can also be a concern on a small scale.

  17. ewokvillage

    Wow, but I can see the need, nothing like walking into a Californian national park and 10 minutes later your vehicle is surround by vans and 100 vietmanese grid pickers jump out and disperse in all directions cutting every shroom in site lol! Down south of the border there is no ethics for respecting nature for some people

  18. Lobo

    ewokvillage;
    Apparently the INS aka Immigration Service is cracking down on pickers who are not US documented and have not obtained work permits. It seems excessive to me but I was not there.

    I have been checked in mushroom road-blocks by USFS Law Enforcement combined with local cops in Oregon but have never run into an INS blockage or raid.

  19. Lobo

    This report came from
    Mark Reed via Face Book

    “After leaving the 2015 fire areas north of US 2, I headed into the Colville National Forest and the Huckleberry Mountains 2015 fire areas. Both of these two greater areas were producing better than the Cascade area.

    Buyer tents are up in Fruitland and Hunters Washington, have been for 3 weeks. INS raided twice in about a week, chased a lot of their workforce away. The store employees in Hunters estimated 300 out of 400 commercial pickers left the area due to the raids. Price is in the $6 per pound range, has been lower.

    Colville National Forest is off limits to commercial pickers. At the request of the Colville tribe, the Colville National Forest Service has agreed to not allow commercial picking. Enforcement has been active, surprisingly. Recreational limit is 3 gallons; children do NOT receive an additional limit, which is part of their parents 3 gallon limit. Cut your morels in half to show you are not picking commercially. No permit is required there. Contact the Ranger stations for the most accurate info. They were really helpful at the Republic Ranger Station.

    http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4549/

    Fruitland, WA has a lot of Hancock land and DNR land. You will need a Discover Pass for the DNR land, it’s hard to tell depending on which map you are using so, I highly recommend purchasing a discover pass, $35 to avoid a ticket. I spoke with pickers who had been checked, so, again, surprisingly enforcement is in the area. A real crappy, nearly impossible to read any words, map is available at the Fruitland store for $5. Do some burn investigation on the internet for the area before going because the $5 map is dung. I think it was called the Huckleberry Fire, NW of Spokane.”

    1. ewokvillage

      What exactly is a morel mushroom raid? and how do these raids drive off pickers, sounds very interesting!

  20. Danroemer33

    For sure, I do wonder myself if there will be a harvest, was a bit of a gongshow last year too many people way too early, luckily we were able to drum up work in Yellowknife for a week. Haven’t heard much about picking from that fire as it is a 2nd yr fire. Reid lake north of Yellowknife had a 80,000 hectare plus fire in 2015, but more north, even with early spring I’d say mid to late June. Near Kakisa be prepared for gas prices to be bumped up, very expensive for groceries in those northern communities. In the end we never really picked much at all in Kakisa, but did in June along Fort providence hwy. Cheers! And bring a rod, fishing is amazing at lady Evelyn falls.

  21. mgfree

    That’s the plan but we are still feeling it out its our first year we figured we’d set up camp and talk to the locals and go from there. It’s been an early warm spring so we are prepared to wait till June but hoping for an early harvest.

    1. brandonkop

      I don’t plan on selling any of my mushrooms… I plan on eating them! Picked another half pail today at boulder… was a bunch of pickers parked out there today when we got there in the afternoon. Not sure how they did since I wasn’t around them. I think if we got some rain and cooler weather it would be good in a week. If this heat keeps up they’ll just be dried out before they mature.

  22. brandonkop

    I’m new to BC burn picking. Went out for the first time this afternoon to Boulder Creek and only got half a pail. They are there… thin and very small. Maybe needs another week for them to grow a bit. Still snow up there in top portion of the burn too. No morels down low by the river… that would have been too easy.

  23. ivylynn

    Does any one know if there’s morals growing yet near Prince George? The area near little bobtail lake? Fraser lake? Are there any buyers set up in these areas? Also when would the picking start in the yukon

    1. Lobo

      I read comments on the buyer picker board that they figure it will be at least two weeks before the Yukon starts.

  24. Milomorel

    Hi Lobo,
    Milomorel from Boise here. Funny story, was up poking around above town a bit looking for morels and ended up being about an hour late at the spot where my son and I had agreed to meet. I get there and he is visiting with a new picker who was a bit discouraged and was considering giving up on the season. The pickers name was alvin and he hadnt found any. Anyway after he told me his research had put him in contact with some guy online named Lobo, i figured to help him out. He was very happy to tag along and we picked thirty pounds of prime Morels.He had never even seen one. He is so fired up now I bet he sees them when he closes his eyes! Its a small world.
    warm regards

    1. Lobo

      Thank you for being so kind to a newbie. With no cell phone coverage in that burn I can not help much. He had been checking that burn for the last month finding no morels.

      I have been phone communicating with Alvin and helped him find his first Boise River Esculenta gray morels on April 17th and then yellows the next week. He sent me morel photos from the river patches.

  25. Matsiman Post author

    garf, weather has been up and down. It’s been from mid 60’s to mid 80’s, about 4 days of each. A little rain with the 60’s. I’m sure morels are up somewhere in Oregon and California. I don’t hunt them so have no idea at what elevation or aspect.

    Don’t do firewood or rails anymore. Body to beat up from doing both. Really loved doing rails. Was doing 14 footers last time I split rails. Grinding rock looking for gold now. Not finding much but, having fun looking.

  26. garf

    Hi Andy …things are doing good here right now ..working and looking for firewood and fence rail materials ..the weather has been pretty good but on the cool side a lot of days. This week is going to be warmer i think. I might do a little exploratory wednesday or thursday and its a pretty good drive from here on a search for morels. getting my gear ready in case . I sure hope Lobo is doing well and the same with you and yours … enjoy this . Nature is wonderful.

  27. Matsiman Post author

    Hey garf, how’s it going?

    As you know, I’m not much of a morel picker but, I have noticed both mushrooms you mentioned do come a week or 2 before morels. I don’t think it means morels for sure because I have seen those mushrooms come up and 2 weeks later not many morels.

    Maybe Lobe will answer your question. I’m still waiting for him to add to his photo gallery. He may not be feeling good enough to answer questions or send new pics and descriptions.

  28. garf

    When the geopyxis and other fries start coming in a previous years burn are the morels likely to come just a bit later ,like one to two weeks?I call them the cup mushrooms ..lots of them …

  29. Huckleberry

    Having some nerve issues from an injury in November curious to try Lions mane Hericium erinaceus and super stoked for morels this season. The more I learn the more exciting it is learning about all the benefits of mushrooms and other fungi. :).

  30. Lobo

    I have only found Lions Mane in the river bottoms at Cave Junction but that was years ago. I have found Bear’s Head aka Pom Pom from Washington & Idaho but not since my stroke. I live in the hot area of the US where such mushrooms do not grow. I regularly use from my dried stash of Red Banded Conk & Ligusticum Canbyi.

  31. PickinPox

    Glad to hear things improving for you Lobo. Do you use Lions Mane at all? Have read promising reports on it helping nerve tissue.

    Anywho Happy Valentines day.

    Full buckets

  32. Lobo

    Joe it is still a struggle but there is improvement. I doubt that I will be hunting any mushrooms this year, I still cannot bend over to pick up anything but am walking more, but still with cane or walker.

  33. BoletusJoe

    On the off chance people are still looking at the is page…..

    Good morning Lobo and others, I hope this finds you in an improved state. Spring is coming.
    I have been very busy doing Morel research, making maps of all the 2015 fires etc. And there were a lot of them. Should prove to be a much better year than last year. I am very concerned about the value of our Canadian $. As to, How do we as pickers know that we are getting a proper price when it comes to the exchange rate against the mighty US $. I hope that some of the pickers south of the line will post what kind of prices they get down that way.
    The price of fuel will certainly help out as long as it stays where it is at now.
    So Lobo I think you might need some typing exercise….LOL I sure hope you are able to get around better now than before, I would guess that the weather there is a lot better than here.
    We have had a long spell (on the coast) here of temps just at freezing level. And now it has warmed up and the rain is on the way. Looks like lots of snow on the mountains on Vancouver Isl. Thats a good thing for later on.

    Come on people lets gets some discussion going on, Even if it is just a quick hello…
    This board is like a tomb…..

    Full buckets…… OK

  34. Matsiman Post author

    Thanks to all veterans in Canada and the United States for your service. Your service is well appreciated. I wish a peaceful and rewarding future for those who have ended military service and those still serving as well. Come home safe. Matsiman, U.S.M.C. Vietnam

  35. tomentosa

    Hi Lobo, I hope you are doing well! I was wondering, do you know what is the latin name for greenies (green morels, olives) if any? I tried to look on the web but couldn’t find anything serious.

    1. Lobo

      tomentosa; Thank you. I am still slowly recovering but am not driving or walking rough terrain yet. Still utilizing the walker or cane as long as someone holds on to my gait belt.

      I saw a reference on the internet to a name this summer but do not recall where. I thought that it was one of the mushroom experts attempts to name western morels but could only find a reference on his site that says to the effect that Olives, Pickles or Greenies are only different in coloration.

      I personally have found naturals as well as fire morels with a green cast but they are not the same as ones I consider as being Olives, Pickles or Greenies which in my opinion do not have the same distinctive stem or other distinctions.

      As always differences may be found in different sites pertaining to burn severity, varying aspects, elevations, habitat, longitude or latitudes. I have found such to be the case with greenies growing at lower elevations in Mountain Mahogany or at relatively high altitude in Sub Alpine Fir.

      The Mahogany Greenies were very moist and heavy where as the fir variety were drier with nodules on their ridges but the stems were the basically the same as other greenies. I wish to compare earlier photos with my digital ones to look for differences.

      My pre 2005 photographs are all 35mm and not transferred to digital yet. They are in storage boxes that I am not capable of moving until I recover more from the stroke.

    2. tomentosa

      Hi Lobo, thank you for your reply.
      I’m glad to hear that you are recovering, I hope it will keep going this way.
      That was the first time this summer that I found large amount of greenies in a burn (Central East BC, south of Burns Lake) and I could definitely differenciate them from conicas (Morchella conicas) or blondes and greys (Morchella Tomentosa). The foot of the greens were kind of yellow-pinkish, especially at young stages. Also, the green reflects were definitely stronger at young stage than when they were growing bigger.
      They were growing in more rocky areas (probably warmer spots early in the season) than conicas and tomentosas, and at my surpsrise started to show up before the blondes and greys (while everybody used to tell me they were always growing the last of the season).

      Anyway, I really enjoyed picking them and hope to come across more patches of them in the next years. I can send you some pictures if you give me your email address. And don’t hesitate to post the link to the latin name if you find it again.

  36. Lobo

    Thanks for the kind words Garf, I have not had the needed energy to do the added information on morels that Andy has asked me to do. I have much to add when energy improves.

    Such as; in some areas fire morels initial flush, might be as early as three months following the fire in the same calendar year and only be of the conica variety. Whereas that flushing might be very heavy yet the next spring it will most likely be sporadic with conica and very few greys.

    Just when I think that I understand morels I find that there is so much more to learn.

  37. garf

    hi Lobo , boletus joe and all . Lobo I just wanted to thank you for this information you have chose to share to help other people out with their mushroom picking by your experiences . I am glad you are making progress and I wish the very best for you . thank you Andy for all the time and energy you have put into this site. Boletus what fire did you end up on … I went up for a few days and it wasn’t great so I came home to work . I ended up south of vanderhoof on the Kluskus forestry road about 120 km in …. it is big country in there and the fire had jumped all over at least where I was….and bugs lol …think I was pretty close to Euchiniko Lakes from the northern approach.

    1. BoletusJoe

      Hello Garf…

      We ended up on the Red Deer fire on the O’jay road. We were there for 3 weeks. Our timing was a bit off (early) and then it got cold and rained like a bitch. Stations were closed for 3 days at one point. All in all saw some nice country, had a few adventures. and yes heavy duty bugs some days. There were about 800 – 1000 pickers. But it was a huge fire. From the centre of the fire you could drive 45min or more in about 4 directions and still be in the fire.

  38. Lobo

    I cannot type with the right hand yet but I can hold the shift key with it and that is an improvement, I am able to move it and use it more each week. The right arm is slowly improving and I can touch my lips but not eat with that hand yet.

    I’ve walked as much as 700′ in two sessions (within one hour) utilizing my cane and someone hanging on to my gait belt to keep me balanced. My stamina keeps improving but I still get tired easily. I hope to be driving again soon, perhaps by the two year anniversary of the stroke.

    1. BoletusJoe

      This is like a new beginning… slowly ever so slowly everyone will get signed up. and sanity will prevail…..

      I was away picking morels for awhile in centrel B.C. and believe it or not it was like friggin’ winter… but it was still a good trip. we have been in semi drought conditions here, but we are getting some rain, and we are starting to find a few channies…. Yipee !!!

      I sure hope your mobility continues to improve, and maybe you might be typing with both hands now.

      welcome (dare I say) home…. lol