Special Issue, October 15, 2001
MSSF Yuba Pass Foray, October 13-14, 2001
by Herman Brown
On Friday, my wife Cecelia and I went to the Chapman Creek Campground, to
attend the MSSF Yuba Pass Foray that weekend. The foray itself wasn't very productive, fungi-wise, but
we all had a great time, and I learned a lot. This was the first time
Cecelia and I
camped over for any foray. We wanted to be able to spend
more time meeting others interested in mushrooms, but mainly we wanted to
finally be able to be a part of the infamous Saturday Night Feast.
The few names that I can remember for those that attended, besides my
own, my wife's, and our foray hosts, Terri Beasejour and Norm Andresen,
are Lynn Marsh, Tom Sasaki, J. R. Blaire, Rob from Sacramento, Ester and Herb from
and on early Sunday morning, Fred Stevens. Cecelia also
remembers talking to a young student from Singapore named Lynnette (SP?).
Lynn Marsh came along with several students, more than a few from other
countries. Many who were present on Saturday night's feast said it
was their first mushroom foray, and that it would not be their last.
Sorry if I missed mentioning any that came, but I am very bad at remembering names.
On the table afterwards, I remember seeing a Suillus pungens, a few
Suillus tomentosus, More suillus, some Ganoderma oregonense, some pluteus, some Sulfur
Shelf - the conifer-loving variety, the newly named Laetiporus conifericola, a small puffball, many tiny mushrooms, a
weird but colorful mushroom that Cecelia found
growing against a living tree, and a group of Tricholomopsis rutilans.
Because of the lack of moisture, most of the mushrooms found that day were
Fred Stevens later told me that he felt the weird mushroom might be a
A small Ganoderma oregonense
Some tiny mushrooms
Another tiny mushroom (ATM)
Close-up of a Pluteus
J.R.'s Tricholomopsis, the prettiest
find of the
The Weird Find
Click HERE to see a
close-up of the top
And this later, from Fred Stevens:
Yuba Pass Foray, October 15, 2001
It was a beautiful weekend at Chapman C.G. on Hwy 49 near Yuba Pass,
sunny, warm, dry, in short, not very good for mushrooms. Collecting
was fair at best, but some things were found on wood and in seepage areas.
Here's a list (not complete) of fungi displayed on the tables. J.R. Blair
gets the award for the prettiest collection, Tricholomopsis rutilans. My
best find was a Stemonitis slime mold, tiny, brown upright fingers on a
log. No boletes found unless you count Suillus species.
Pholiota malicola group
Pluteus sp. magnus?
Lyophyllum decastes was brought to the foray by Herman Brown
Everyone that came to the Saturday evening dinner
contributed something to the traditional feast.
Norm, our foray leader, brought several jars of his own dried mushrooms and utilized
some morels and
Boletus edulis. I added some dried morels and a jar of dried Boletus
pinophilus, the spring King Bolete, plus I brought a small supply of some
locally picked Lyophyllum decastes (Fried Chicken mushroom) and apples. Many
others contributes good beer, good wine, mixed nuts, and more food PLUS their
For an appetizer, Cecelia cooked the Lyophyllum in garlic, butter,
shallots, and a bit of Sake, and Terri spread these warm over
small pieces of thin toast with Gorgonzola cheese.
Everybody seemed to enjoy them!
Norm made a spectacular morel and chicken pasta dish using the Chicken
of the Woods (the Sulfur Shelf that they found) as a chicken substitute,
with lots and lots of onions.
Terri made a big pot of delicious
soup using both dried boletes, with lots of fresh vegetables and herbs.
And there was more!
The Mess Afterwards >