The Herald Bulletin

May 14, 2014

Late morel find intriguing


The Herald Bulletin

---- — Last Saturday, some friends found a few big yellow morels in South Madison County.

I had driven past a possible find to attend my daughter's graduation at IU Bloomington. My last chance would probably be Tuesday morning, but would that be too late?

The graduation was in two tiers and both filled Assembly Hall. Jourdan's "The School of Public Health." I'm very proud of my 22-year old daughter who will pursue a master's degree at San Francisco State.

My first choice, Tuesday morning, was a 16-acre woods that features late, big yellow morels. This, way back off the road, woods is sometimes fantastic, but not this day.

Discouraged, I stopped at another woods trying to remember where I had found late morels before. Nothing on the south side of this little honey hole.

I rock-hopped a flooded branch and went over the south-facing hill. Under an old apple tree stood a single morel that saved me from getting skunked. A hard look, in the immediate area, revealed no more mushrooms, but at the bottom of the hill were some smiley faces. In undergrowth so thick, I could not stand up, were 19 nice yellow morels. Perhaps these came up late because only slivers of light penetrated the canopy.

These were not the real large yellow morels. It is late and the weeds are high, but it just might be worth another try. Or, you could go north were in Central Michigan a lot of black morels are being harvested.

When Jourdan saw my find, she had to have them fried and on a plate. It was the first time, in years, that we have enjoyed fried morels together.

Greene-Sullivan State Forest in west central Indiana has a following among some of my friends. It offers numerous small ponds and pits with big bluegill and crappie. It is also a good place to deer hunt. G-S might now be more to your liking.

According to the DNR new few-frills cabins are available for rent at the state forest's Narrow Lake campground. The "Rent-A-Camp" cabins are available for $35 a night plus applicable taxes and may be reserved at Camp.IN.gov or by calling 1-866-622-6746. The cabins are also available on a walk-in basis at the forest office during normal office hours.

The cabins have electricity, ceiling fans, heat and air-conditioning. Each cabin sleeps three adults comfortably and has a maximum capacity of five people. There is a full bed, one set of bunk beds and a loft area. Guests need to bring their own bedding and sleeping cushion. Cabins also have a small table, two chairs and a porch swing. Similar to tent camping, there are no kitchen facilities, and guests use the campground restrooms.

Check-in time is 2 p.m. Checkout is 10 a.m.

Other improvements at the campground include six electric campsites and the addition of available electricity to the Narrow Lake picnic shelter.