Carson and I went backpacking last weekend, opting to hike during the dark and rain. What an idea. The rain chased us up the trail, we set up camp quickly, and huddled into the tent to avoid getting any more soaked than we already were. At 3 am I woke up and looked outside to see that our tent was completely surrounded by a lake of water 1-2inches deep in which we were the island... kind of. We hustled outta there and straight picked up the tent, moving it about 6 feet over to avoid tragedy. The seams held and we stayed dry. *Phew!
During the hike I noticed many types of different fungus along the trail where we hiked. We are having a wet fall in the Pacific Northwest that is bound to produce a good crop of mushrooms. It inspired me to do some mushroom hunting + cooking + dying maybe. I ordered a mushroom reference book (All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms) from Amazon and hope to go searching a few days in early October, and again on like the 16th so I can have my specimens cross-checked by the Pros in Seattle to see if I am awesome.
The Puget Sound Mycological Society has great resources such as a pretty poster from 2009, wild mushroom recipes, the washington stateharvest rules, and even a link to the annual Fungi & Fibre Symposium in Sweden! Can you believe it? A conference to discuss wild mushrooms and there use in knitting and spinning!
PS. I know you all are thinking that I'm about to kill myself by eating some poisonous mushroom that I identified incorrectly. For clarification, I don't plan on eating anything I find during my first trip (unless it's one of few edible mushrooms that is near impossible to misidentify), and if I do eat anything later it will be one variety at a time in very small portions. That way if I find myself poisoned I can at least take a sample to the doc with me. :) Besides, I feel really good about the future. Don't dash my dreams.
Do you have any thoughts you'd like to share on dying with natural pigments? Or ideas about mushroom forays near/around Seattle and the Puget Sound?