Permanent residents in “the Village 1.0” are delightful neighbors. The trust and camaraderie and personal insight we share is deeply enriching. Then there is what I call “the Village 2.0”, made up of hundreds of equally delightful, endlessly diverse and interesting people from all walks of life who visit only briefly, stay in one of our vacation rental cabins and share their unique talents and interests.
This week, a couple on their honeymoon stayed with us in the container guesthouse for four nights. Little did we expect that honeymooners would reflect the Village motto, “In Harmony with nature and people”, so well.
I was fortunate to spend hours with newlyweds, Scott and Stephanie, learning about mushrooms that fill the forest floor of our property. You see, both are highly accomplished mycologists. They were able to point out, name, categorize, and identify many edible and medicinal mushrooms right in our 45-acre back yard.
So, I asked them to write something for this blog.
“There is nothing to describe how beautiful the area here is. The wide variety of mushrooms, plant life, and animal life was amazing. I couldn’t believe how many waterfalls are in the area. We saw four different waterfalls, one being on Grant’s property. There were so many more we didn’t get to see while we were here. I can see why Grant and his wife, Becky would choose to build their community here. I loved seeing how much Scott’s face would light up upon seeing new species of mushrooms he had never seen before. It was a truly spiritual experience for us. Thank you so much for having us.”
I think I was even more thankful to have them come and share their love for mushrooms with us.
Scott meticulously documented many of the mushrooms in the forest with beautiful photos. Here is what he sent me.
A mycological survey conducted in the area surrounding the eco cabin between July 29 and August 1, 2019, finds the following:The area is rich with fungal activity, amanitas, russulas, and boletes, are seen every few yards.