Ever since moving to Berkeley in 2010 and starting to work in the redwoods near Marin county and Big Sur, I had been wanting to check out the big redwoods up north. In mid December my friend Claire and I took a trip up north to see the big redwoods in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Claire is from Oregon so we drove up the 5 from Berkeley to Oregon and what drive up to Oregon is complete without checking out Weed, California?
So after our brief stop in Weed, where surprisingly what I ended up buying was some beautiful artwork of a photo of Mt. Shasta, we continued to Oregon where we spent a lovely evening playing Cards Against Humanity with Claire’s family. The next day we checked out the redwoods Jedediah Smith Redwood State, which were stunning.
We had an excellent day hiking around in Jedediah. The redwoods up that far north in Del Norte County in California are absolutely unparalleled. Next we continued down the coast to Humboldt county, and what trip to Humboldt is complete without a visit to the Lost Coast Brewery?
Thanks to some tips from my mycology buddy Jessie Uehling, we discovered an epically beautiful and legal place to mushroom hunt in Humboldt!
So super excited to be coming home with chanterelles (Cantharellus) and hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum) we returned to Berkeley with our treasures in tow.
Here are the 2 species of chanterelles and 2 species of hedgehog mushrooms after I washed and cut them. It was a little extra work washing and removing all the leaves and duff, but totally worth it :)
My first ever risotto – wild mushrooms with onions, herbs, and parmesan – super tasty!