I’m an avid home cook, so I first got started hunting for gourmet mushrooms, like porcini and morels. Over time, I started to appreciate and notice the beauty and amazing variation of mushrooms, besides their culinary aspects. They are seemingly everywhere, while hiding in plain sight. They are very ephemeral, they will fruit for just one week out of the whole year, before rotting away. They make the most boring rainy days fascinating. They make the most mundane forested hike an amazing discovery. I often go on 1/4 mile hikes, with probably more elevation gain from squatting looking at mushrooms. Every hike is treasure hunt and a unique adventure.