|Last year's fire.|
News of how busy these burns were wasn't wrong; the morel price is very good this year ($12 - $14/lb for fresh, clean morels) as there's a pretty low global supply this year, and these burns are big, with lots of mushrooms.
Digression - the global supply's oddly relevant; the buyers set up at this burn were expediting boxes of morels purchased from pickers to the Whitehorse airport, where they'd hit the next flight to Vancouver, be cleaned and sorted, then flown fresh to Europe and Asia. Apparently, a couple of wet years in Siberia mean that these burns in central Yukon are one of the only spots on Earth for a ready supply of fresh morels right now.
We accessed the burn from the closest of many access points, but there were nearly 100 vehicles parked there, and dozens of boats were ferrying pickers across the river, where the bulk of the burn was. Word was the going rate for the five-minute ferry was $20 (or 1.53 lbs of morels) a head, but we had a canoe, and so crossed under our own steam and set up camp, about a kilometer from the burn edge.
|Mushroom City docks|
|As far as the eye can see.|
Things basically continued like this for the rest of the day. I've never seen morel densities like this before - it had the odd effect of rendering them mentally less valuable than the precious little rarities I grew up occasionally finding. Cue more morel shots:
As you can imagine, picking morels fistfuls at a time means they add up quickly.
|Athena's attitude toward morels, summed up.|
|Yukon haul shot.|