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Friday, August 26, 2011

Foraging

Bird Hills Park is one of my favorite parks in Ann Arbor, and definitely my favorite place to go on hikes in this area. The trails there lead through an ever changing forest. It seems every time I go there, something has shifted - new things have grown, trees have fallen, colors have changed, and so forth.

Bird Hills Park

A coworker of mine is new to this area. The other day he told me that he recently discovered this park and has been loving it. He also told me that earlier this week, he found a 16 pound puff mushroom there. To show me just how big that is, he opened his arms in the fullest embrace he could to indicate where the mushroom would fit. Then he told me that he's been eating his way through it this week, cooking it in various ways for meals. Did you hear what I said? Eating his way through it. I asked him if he was sure it wasn't poisonous. He said he was sure. This is what I love about humans!! They do the craziest things!!

not my coworker.

Maybe I'm making too big a deal out of it, but I would never trust myself to pick a mushroom from the wild, eat it, and not die! Would you? This story really caught me by surprise. I love when people do unexpected things (and don't die). I wish I had a more colorful personality! If I challenge myself to be spontaneous, does it still count as being spontaneous?

PS, If I'm in the hospital (or worse) next week with mushroom poisoning, you will know this goal was ill conceived.

7 comments:

Katherine said...

Ha! Yes, I think it still counts as being spontaneous, if you don't plan every spontaneous thing that you do ahead of time. :) But, maybe study up on edible mushrooms a little bit more before you do anything too crazy...

violet50 said...

Humans as opposed to...Martians? Don't eat any wild mushrooms without talking to Wally P. He's an expert. I'm not sure how much forethought is allowed with spontaneity. Maybe that is fodder for a future poll.

Anne Elliot said...

I went mushroom hunting with an investigator on my mission in Russia. The thought of eating mushrooms found in the forest made me a little nervous too. I was really grateful that it was a mission rule to not eat mushrooms (we couldn't eat berries either - something about radiation in the ground haha).

Ashley said...

Haha...wow...I'd never do that!

lizzie mc.- said...

As a lover of mushrooms I would still say, "WHAT?!" Maybe if the person grew up learning. But I wouldn't EVER trust myself. Spontaneity is living life, not dying!

Melissa C said...

There is no way I would eat a mushroom like that. I am very boring when it comes to food, though, but mushrooms scare me. I don't let the kids touch any ever unless we are at the grocery store. Makes me think of the office where Dwight jumped out of the woods to save Michael from eating one he shouldn't.

SAC said...

Being someone that I feel could use some spontaneity in my life, as I feel I'm stone boring, there are some things I would NOT do, and it appears I'm not alone. One, I tend to avoid putting any type of fungus in my mouth, and so I know slim to nada about how to hunt for them, let alone differentiate between the painful death variety and safely edible. Anyone know any nice pigs who could help? That might be spontaneous, finding a pig to take on a mushroom hunt through the woods....