Morel Season & Hurray for Hulu

Morel Mushroom
Image by Rastoney via Flickr

I am writing this on an early spring morning nearly perfect for being out in the woods picking morels. I don’t have any secret spots around here for hunting, nor do I have the time or sharp eyesight that made an outing with a shroom hunting friend such fun. Instead, I’ve selected a few websites to get you started on this fun hobby. Then I switch gears from reading online to watching films and such thanks to Hulu.com.

Morel Hunting in Indiana (www.morels.com/indiana). If you are afraid of even the idea of mushroom hunting, perhaps the pictures of morels will put you at ease. These delicacies have a very distinctive look—they look like dirty sponges. They are difficult to spot amid the dried leaves and debris in the woods, but once you find one, your eyes become more acclimated to your surroundings. Hunt around fallen logs, particularly dead elms. Let this website be a type of guide. Morel hunters check in and tell you in which areas statewide that they are finding the prized fungus. If you want specific gps locations, fuggeddaboudit. Morel hunters rarely give away their favorite hunting locations.

Another Indiana Morel Site (http://donjordanoutdoors.com/pages/morel). Check this site out before you embark on a hunt.

The Great Morel (www.thegreatmorel.com). Billed as a “tribute to shroomers,” this site provides information, stories and tales, questions and answers, pictures, and links to recipes.

National Morel Mushroom Hunters Association (www.morel.org). The NMMHA was founded by LeRoy Paken of Horton, Kansas. The fact that such an organization exists is testament to the passion of these springtime fungus hunters.

Popular TV Episodes & More Online (www.hulu.com). Last week I wrote about my LOST obsession, and sure enough, episodes can be re-viewed at Hulu. I decided to see what else Hulu had in its library of offerings, and I ran across “Sedona: The Spirit of Wonder.” I found this documentary/travelogue in the “News and Information” section and watched the entire film, which lasted about 35 minutes. Of the dozens of travel features I’ve written about Arizona in The Beacher in the past decade, this little film covers about 75% of those visited places. I especially like the birds-eye views of Sedona’s hidden canyons. Ignore the fans’ critiques of this documentary. This film makes a nice introduction to potential travelers to the Verde Valley in Arizona.

But I did not stop with Sedona. I found that I could catch up with the current television show, “Jame Oliver’s Food Revolution,” since I missed a recent episode. Hulu.com lets me avoid recording programs to watch later. Also, I no longer feel left out for not having a gazillion channels of cable television. I can still watch stuff such as The Dog Whisperer or the British version of The Office, Superbikes (yeah, right!) Clean House, hosted by current Dancing With the Stars contestant Niecy, and even Dancing With the Stars episodes are available. What more could a television junkie ask for? At no cost? You got it.

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on April 7, 2010.

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