Did you know, there’s no rule saying you need an elaborate plan to get out and admire our fungi friends. Take a spur of the moment jaunt into the woods, or abruptly pull your car over when you’re on the way to to visit a friend because you see ‘potential mushroom territory’. When you take a walk to the local park, it’s alright for it to turn into an accidental mushroom appreciation session.
Over and over I hear people say how they’ve wanted to learn about mushrooms for ‘sooo long’ and they’ve tried to plan trips to do so, but don’t follow through. I hear comments like, “I bought a mushroom field guide years ago but haven’t had the time to go out for a day with it yet” or simply “I don’t have time”. Let me emphasize, you don’t need a whole day to ‘begin your mushroom foraging experience’ or to start your learning process (and aren’t we all pressed for time these days?). Even if you do have an entire day dedicated to mushroom hunting for your first foraging experience, this doesn’t magically make you a mushroom pro afterwards.
Is it too obvious for me to point out that yes it takes time…but it can be little fragments of time that build up to eventually create a beautiful wealth of knowledge inside you. The moment you become curious is the moment you start learning, it’s natural, your mind goes to ‘find out why’, ‘find out how’, ‘find out what’ as soon as curiosity is piqued. You don’t need to wait for a big grand adventure to start filing away information, let it happen in your backyard when you notice that little brown mushroom poking its cap up from the grass.