April 19, 2021
Today was a good day. It was sunny and around 55 degrees when Andy and I left the house to go to OKC and pick up groceries we had ordered online. While in Yukon, we went to lunch at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants. Not only is the food good but it is never crowded, even before COVID hit. Though Andy and I have both been vaccinated, we are still careful about social distancing and using hand sanitizer and wearing our mask unless we're eating.
The semi-annual Roman Nose Hills Trail Ride is being held this weekend. When Andy and I got home from the City we put our boots on and drove to the Midway Cafe site to set up the grills for the Saturday lunch cookout. It is a beautiful place thick with trees and a fishing lake. Sadie went with us and we walked through a patch of trees looking for mushrooms, with no luck.
Before going home, we decided to go into the woods at the back of our land via the gravel road instead of hiking, to hunt for morel mushrooms. We got a little rain a couple of days ago and today was plenty warm, so we figured they would be popping up. Andy had found a couple on Saturday when he was out in the woods along the back road. That day he ran into a neighbor who was out also morel hunting. Andy only found 4 on Saturday, and Mitch had about a dozen he had found on his property that day. We were out for about 40 minutes, and I was ready to give up, when Andy spotted a couple of mushrooms. Then as I was approaching where he stood, I came across a "honey hole" (as they call it here) and found about half a dozen all in the same area. In the end we gathered just enough to fry up as an appetizer. We marked the location for future hunting. I still think it is weird that everyone around here is secretive about their hunting spots for morels. Tonight a cold front is coming through central Oklahoma so that will probably be all the mushrooms we get this season. After the rain that is supposed to come through this weekend, we may go out and look for more (it can become an obsession, but at least the hunting season is short).