"Finally got some decent rain huh?"- Me
"Yup! This is my favorite time of year!"- Some guy
"Me too! Didn’t rain like this last year so I sure am glad it’s coming down now!"- Me
"It probably did but people just don’t recollect cuz their all worried about this “drought” we’re supposed to be in!"-Same guy
"Interesting...that’s not how I remember last season!"-Me
It amazes me that people still fight the idea that we are in a historically unprecedented drought, that climate change is absolutely a reality, and that human beings have played a significant role in the escalation of greenhouse gasses and global warming...but hey what do I know? I'm just an archaeologist who studies the interactions of human beings with the environment for the last several hundred thousand years!
After upcycling a bottle base into a projectile point at the river while dropping some crawdad traps, my dog and I headed into the mountains once more in search of small game and fungi!
We found that it had snowed a few days prior and Abalone was loving it!
I also enjoyed topping off my water bottle with some of the fresh snow!
Though we had high hopes for a successful hunt, I missed a few shots at mountain quail and all of the mushrooms seemed too scared of the snow to pop out of the forest floor even where no ice was present. I think another week or so and we will see a strong flush... but only time will tell!
We did manage to find some puff balls though.
I prepped some sautéed fungi with fresh rosemary, onion, and garlic while Abalone became reacquainted with her heater.
I topped some crostini with chevre and this lovely mushroom medley, then a dash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of my homemade sea salt.
This was one heck of a nice appetizer! I highly recommend it!
Well, time to go check the crawdad traps.
Keep the old ways alive!