Hello, hey, hi!
It's been a while and I KNOW I said I would do the blogpost in the weekend but we had an unexpected trip and an unexpected cleaning session which prevented me from writing (or doing anything else) this weekend.
So, as the title already spoils: I have never been mushroom picking. Christian and I have talked about it a couple of times, and we we're going to pick a date to do so. It is chanterelle season, also known as 'the gold of the forest', and I thought it would be a nice experience to find some ourselves! Whilst at work I heard two colleagues chat about going and searching for these little nuggets of mushroom heaven, I was intrigued. They asked me if I had ever been and told me about their plans to go in the weekend. Luckily, I was asked to join.
Saturday morning came and I got ready making sure I had everything packed: my bottle of water, my paper bags to store the mushrooms in, my camera and my phone. At 11:00 AM we got picked up and headed to our destination. It had rained the night before so we expected to find loads! Apparently mushrooms like water.
After walking around for quite some time and not finding anything we moved to a new location where we found many different types of mushrooms! Most of them not edible, but pretty anyways! We also found disgustingly large anthills which gave me the creeps since the little black beasts of horror were already climbing up my shoes and legs. I felt itchy the whole way through after, blegh. 20 thousand mosquito bites later we finally found them! They weren't many and they weren't big, but they were some!
After roaming around searching every inch that we could see, we decided to call it quits and go get some icecream before heading home. Unfortunately we didn't end up with a whole lot, maybe 3 or 4 decent sized ones, but I'm happy that we went. Since I moved here I haven't really been in a forest like we had been on Saturday and I enjoyed it thoroughly, apart from the mosquito bites. I might want to go and look some other time, or maybe just wonder through these forests. There is something magical about walking through the wet moss and see the sun peek through the trees every now and then.
All in all I give this experience a big 9/10 because even if we didn't find what we were looking for, we found a whole lot of other things.