Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Rocky Mtn. King Bolete

Found these beauties this morning near Webster Pass, Colorado. Yeah I'm a happy Birthday Geezer at 61.

Found these beauties this morning near Webster Pass, Colorado. Yeah I'm a happy Birthday Geezer at 61.

Ah, it's apparently Colorado Monsoon season up here. This morning, towns along the Front Range are flooding, and Interstate 70 got partially blocked by a mudslide near Wolcott Junction. It's been raining all last night and all morning here in Lakewood, and Joy just spotted another leak in my gutters--oh, Joy! Rain gauge in the backyard says 2.7-inches since yesterday. The veggie gardens, trees, and grasses are loving it after all the +90°F temperatures. High today forecast in the mid-60's--yeah, as old Colorado Boomers like us tend to wilt when temps hit 85°. Us 'shroomers love it too, 'cause it means in about 5 to 10 days T's favorite big Rocky Mountain King Bolete mushrooms (aka porcini, penny bun, & Boletus edulis) will be sprouting under the pines at elevations above 7500 feet. By mid-August, Joy's favorite the White Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare) will be hiding beneath the duff at the base of Ponderosa pines at elevations above 8000 feet. We're all hoping that August-2014 will be comparable to 2013 when shrooming up here was simply fabulous. Best Regards, T and Joy PS. So what do old Greek Boomers do while waiting for the rain to stop and shrooms to sprout? T's making feta cheese today. One and a half gallons of fresh un-Pasteurized milk from our Cow-Share makes about 3 pounds of Feta -- Kali Oreksi !

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