Official word about the first Arizona Mushroom Club foray of the year has just arrived from Gary & Sandy Melgaard. It will take place the weekend of August 23-24 in the White Mountains. Attendees will meet in the Safeway parking lot in Springerville at 8:00 AM Saturday.
- [Ed. Note, 9/9/2014: A recap and photographs from this foray have now been posted.
Things are looking good for monsoon rains for the next ten days or so, and with any luck this will be another productive trip.
This event unfortunately conflicts with the Flagstaff Mushroom Festival, which takes place on the Friday and Saturday of the same weekend. It would certainly be possible to take part in the Friday evening reception and lecture in Flagstaff, and drive to Springerville later that night in time to take part in the entire AMC Saturday/Sunday foray.
It would also be possible to do the Saturday morning foray in Flagstaff, and drive to Springerville in time for the Saturday group dinner and the Sunday foray with the AMC.
Do not count on being able to do the Saturday morning foray in Flagstaff, speeding over to the White Mountains, and catching up with the AMC group for the tail end of their foray on Saturday afternoon. The scouted destinations will not be released before the foray begins, as there have been episodes in the past when unscrupulous people went to the announced sites the day before the foray and cleaned them out. The people on the foray may or may not have telephone reception to tell you where they are (and typically will not.) Finally, Dr. Leathers requires a pre-foray briefing and indemnity waiver, and might frown upon stragglers dropping in unannounced at the end of the foray. Best to choose between one event or the other for Saturday the 23rd.
See you there!
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