The dates for the August 2015 foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club have now been set. It will take place in the White Mountains on the weekend of Aug 15-16. As a prospective member, your first foray is free of charge, but after that you are expected to become a member of the Club for a modest fee of $12 per year.
As always, the club will meet at the Safeway parking lot in Springerville at 8:00 A.M. both days. The exact site of the foray will be determined by the Club’s scouts and will be withheld until the convoy departs for the field each day.
This site (The Arizona Mushroom Forum and its affiliated Facebook group) supports the efforts of the Club to prevent our foray sites from being raided and cleaned out before the day of the outing. If you have been on a club foray in the past, all of the sites of our previous outings in the White Mountains are declared to be under an embargo for the Monday through Friday prior to the foray. If you are discovered picking mushrooms in one of our usual sites that week by one of the Club’s scouts, you will be publicly shamed and possibly kicked out of the Facebook group.
This is always a highly informative and sociable event. Another week of wet weather is predicted, so we expect the quantity and diversity of fungal growth to be good. We urge mushroom fans of all levels of experience and knowledge to take part.
Here is the announcement from the Club:
Hi the dates for our annual foray have been set. If you have not filled out a Release Form this year please print, fill out, sign and turn in the attached form when we meet in Springerville.[Link to form: AMC Release and Indemnification Form 082614]
ARIZONA MUSHROOM CLUB
The ANNUAL MUSHROOM FORAY to the White Mountains has been scheduled for;
AUGUST 15th & 16th, 2015
Please remember that this foray is to educate our members about the species of mushrooms growing in Eastern Arizona and not to harvest the maximum number available. Our members both current and former are asked to refrain from foraging in known club locations the week prior to the foray so that we may maximize our educational opportunities.
We will meet Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am at the Safeway Store parking lot in Springerville. Please be prompt (and have your fuel topped off) as stragglers often miss out on the days foray. We will disband after the Sunday lunch for a return to the valley.
Bring lunch, beverages and water for both days. Suggested additional items are; picnic chairs, hat, rain gear, mosquito repellant, small paper lunch bags to keep specimens separate, collecting bags or baskets, mushroom books, soft bristle brush, soft rags, collecting knife, walking stick, compass or GPS, whistle, camera and other provisions for use as needed.
Motel/Hotel accommodations are available at the Rode Inn (877-220-6553, 928-333-4365), Reed’s Lodge, Best Western (800-359-2522, 928-333-2540) and other motels in the Springerville-Eagar area. Rooms are also available in Alpine at Escudilla Mountain Cabins, 928-339-4285.
If you stay at the Rode Inn and you are with the Arizona Mushroom Club tell them you want the special rate. Have them confirm this; otherwise you are free to call a different motel if you wish.
For those people camping out, be sure to reserve a camping space at Rainbow, Grayling, or Cutthroat campsites via computer at “recreation.gov”. Cutthroat camp has several “Full Hook Up” sites and Rainbow and Cutthroat have restrooms and showers available. You can reserve by phone by calling 888-448-1474 and give the name of the campground at Big Lake AZ and the campsite number from the site map. A user fee per night per family is charged and holders of a Golden Age Passport receive a 50% discount.
There may be a Recap + Social Hour (BYOB & snacks) after Fridays scouting and Saturdays foray, if a member staying at the Rhode Inn is willing to host it. If so, it will be held on the balcony of the Rode Inn at approximately 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evening.
Please notify us if you are willing to host the happy hour either day.
After the recap, Club members usually gather at the restaurant of their choice.
Dr. C. R. Leathers, President, Arizona Mushroom Club