Report from Baker Butte

According to the ranger at the Forest Service lookout tower at Baker Butte, they have received only 4 inches of rain since the monsoons started, and have noticed almost no mushrooms nearby. The station by Knoll Lake, by contrast, has been blessed with over 12 inches, even though it is less than 20 miles away. This is the nature of the Arizona monsoon.

Mushroom hunters who are going to the Mogollon Rim in the coming week or so will want to concentrate their efforts on the eastern end of the Rim Road, closer to Highway 260 than to Highway 87.

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Interestingly, this is the same place where my great-aunt Georgiana Fuller held the lookout job back in the 1920’s, and the ranger thinks the ancient Osborne Fire Finder in the center of her cabin may be the original device that Georgiana herself used to report the compass bearing of unexplained smokes, in the same way they do it today.

About Christopher May

Chris is a radiologist in private practice in Scottsdale. He is married to Barbara May, with two grown children, Megan and Nick.
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