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  • Chicken of the Woods

    Posted on September 28th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    One can easily spot the chicken of the woods mushroom by its impressive size and vibrant yellow-orange colors. This large polypore has surprised many a nature lover the first time they found it! Yet did you know they’re also edible, and considered a delicacy in some parts of the world?

    Laetiporus-sulphureus - The chicken of the woods mushroom

    This mushroom has a lemony, meaty taste. Some think it tastes like its chicken namesake; others describe the flavor as being more like crab or lobster. Whatever your opinion, the chicken fungus makes a great substitute for meat in almost any dish.

    It’s important to note that this is one of those mushrooms that sometimes causes gastric distress in certain people. If you want to avoid a possible stomach misadventure, only try a little bit your first time to see what it does to you. Also always avoid chicken of the woods growing on conifers, eucalyptus, or cedar trees, as these are reported to contain toxins that can make people sick.

    • This mushroom is a polypore, meaning they disperse spores through small pores (holes) on the underside of their caps. You can learn more about poroid mushrooms in this article.
    • The different species of the chicken of the woods mushroom are both saprotrophic (feeding on dead trees), and parasitic (attacking and killing live trees by causing the wood to rot). Whatever their method of feeding, you’ll always find them growing on or at the base of a living or dead tree.
    • Chickens are easily recognized by their large clusters of overlapping brackets, and bright yellow-orangish colors. The colors fade as the mushroom grows older.
    • Many polypores are also medicinal mushrooms, although there hasn’t been much research done on this one. One study has indicated that it inhibits bacterial growth.
    • Other names are chicken fungus, chicken mushroom, and sulphur shelf. The genus is Laetiporus.
    • There are about twelve species of chicken of the woods in the Laetiporus genus. This article focuses on Laetiporus sulphureus, the species that grows on hardwoods where I live in Eastern North America. You may also hear about these species:
    1. Laetiporus cincinnatus (right) – Also found in Eastern North America, although this species is often more reddish.
    2. Laetiporus conifericola – A yellowish species found in Western North America that often fruits on conifers.
    3. Laetiporus gilbertsonii – The West Coast version that’s found on oaks and eucalyptus trees.

    This link will take you to the article, some of which is presented here, and it is interesting.

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  • Indiana State Parks

    Posted on September 27th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    With 25 state parks to chose from in Indiana it can be hard to decide which one you want to visit. Many offer unique features and if you and your family enjoy exploring outdoors you’re probably looking for which ones to add to your bucket list. Whether you’re camping for a week, planning a day trip to hike, or searching for a weekend getaway, this list of Indiana State Parks for families will make sure you’re headed towards your next adventure.

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    “The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves” – John Muir

    Not a state park but still an area to investigate is The Limberlost Swamp in the eastern part of the present-day U.S. state of Indiana was a large, nationally known wetlands region with streams that flowed into the Wabash River. It originally covered 13,000 acres (53 km²) of present-day Adams and Jay counties. Parts of it were known as the Loblolly Marsh, based on a word by local Native Americans for the sulphur smell of the marsh gas. The wetlands had mixed vegetation and supported a rich biodiversity, significant for local and migrating birds and insects, as well as other animals and life.

    Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    Best of Indiana State Parks

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  • This Land is your Land – NOT

    Posted on September 26th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Brad Wilson is following a forest trail and scanning the dusky spaces between the fir trees for signs of movement. The black handle of a .44 Magnum juts prominently from his pack. If he stumbles on a startled bear at close range, the retired sheriff’s deputy wants to know the gun is within quick reach, in case something stronger than pepper spray is needed. Wilson isn’t the type who likes to take chances; he’s the type who plans ahead.

    Before setting foot on this path, he unfolded a huge U.S. Forest Service map and reviewed the route, Trail 267. He put a finger at the trailhead, which was next to a ranger’s station, then traced its meandering path into the Crazy Mountains, a chain in south-central Montana that’s part of the northern Rockies. Like many of the trails and roads that lead into U.S. Forest Service land, Trail 267 twists in and out of private properties. These sorts of paths have been used as access points for decades, but “No Trespassing” signs are popping up on them with increasing frequency, along with visitors’ logs in which hikers, hunters, and Forest Service workers are instructed to sign their names, tacitly acknowledging that the trail is private and that permission for its use was granted at the private landowners’ discretion.

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-land-is-no-longer-your-land

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  • Death on the High Seas

    Posted on September 25th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    A ruling Monday by a Los Angeles federal judge, if followed by others, it could offer the cruise line something of a safe harbor under the Death on the High Seas Act. The century-old federal law limits payouts for survivors to “pecuniary” damages.
    #High-Seas-Act
    #HighSeasAct

    Here is a another view: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_on_the_High_Seas_Ac

    You can do your own search but here is another: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/46/subtitle-III/chapter-303

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  • On the way south

    Posted on September 14th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Here resides a few places we just have to see on trips south to Alabama in future whatever Fall/Winter:

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  • Method: Deconstructing Racism

    Posted on September 6th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    A TED Talks: That 16 minutes that went by in a flash. Also, not too aggressive, humorous in a dark and light sort of way, carried a message, easily understood and simple and I will remember it. Thank you RL & Baratunde.

    Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.

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  • Baiting Deer

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

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  • Michigan Campsite Helper

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    We loved to boat on Lake Michigan and now we love camping there.  However, it is not always easy to find a camp site and even harder to find an open spot.  If you use the link below this will assist you tremendously.

    DNR Logo

    CONTACT INFO

    PHONE

    phone1-800-447-2757 (1-800-44PARKS)

    MAIL

    mail Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation DivisionP.O. Box 30257, Lansing, Michigan, USA 48909

    This website does it all.

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  • For the RV’er

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    How to use a portable waste water “Tote” tank. If you want to stay at your primitive campsite more than 3 days± then you need one of these pesky, somewhat smelly things.

    Remember the cardinal rule – do not overfill. They hold about 25 gallons of blackwater. Chose one with big, wide wheels of convert yours to big wide wheels. They hold about 25 gallons US.

    https://banbrv.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-to-use-portable-waste-water-tote.html?fbclid=IwAR3vrzsrKE5kHxYfBcByHWNLCDE4zRnbDF1l3imktijLzhMktsvAB3xTFqk

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  • The New Yorker

    Posted on August 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    “Donald Trump is trying to transform the election from a referendum on his own abject performance to a contest centered on radical Democrats and unrest in the streets.”

    Professional writers are so much better than myself at expressing themselves and saying what I would like to say much more succinct. The first paragraph says exactly what I think. It always amazes me these days that his cult of trump does not see this and abandon him.

    A guy I know came up to me they other day and said “I do not know how the USA would survive if Joe Biden is elected”. While giving him a non-committal, placating sort of an answer that I was not that sure. However, all the time I was thinking that the exact opposite was true – If Trump gets elected I do not see how the USA will survive fully intact.

    This post will do nothing change minds or results but I have recorded my thoughts just to remind me that this is my thought for the moment.

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