The expectations, brought on by a harsh winter, have turned into a wait-and-see situation for morel hunters. A cooler than normal spring has put the tasty little sponges on ice.
I hunted morels on Tuesday morning and found none. Last year, at this time, I was finding mushrooms and wild asparagus. This year, no sign of either.
My new morel contact in Owen County, Wayne King, reported finding five small blacks over the weekend. I will be there for the turkey opener and hopefully will have my smiling face in a picture with a big tom and a bag of morels by the time you read this.
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Last Christmas, my daughter Jourdan gave me a present that keeps on giving and taking. It is a present I do not look forward to. Jourdan is a gym rat and believes my old body can be refitted. I have received "The gift" for three years. I start out great, sort of a New Year's Resolution, and then falter down the stretch. The gift from MyTime Fitness in Pendleton, is called "New Year/New You Challenge."
The group is challenged to do different tedious workouts. Trainer Connie Hathcoat brings a lot more out of members than they would ever accomplish on their own.
I would often think to my sweating self, "Does she not remember how old, I am?"
When I think 20 reps, Connie says, "Do 30."
She starts her subjects out on a 20-degree treadmill incline. I'm ready for an elk hunt.
The challenge is 50/50 for weight loss and body composition. Towards the end, my weight would stay the same, but I would lose fat and gain muscle.
"Lifting more weight is the secret to gaining muscle," Connie said.
Almost daily, Connie would send the group, via email, encouraging words, workout tips, challenges for the week and healthy recipes. The challenges involved your best times at doing certain challenges.