By: Jennifer Murray

Spring Adventures

It’s spring in Indiana, my favorite time of the year.  After an unusually cold and snowy winter, it was really refreshing to see the flowers, leaves, and warmth of spring emerge.  The spring always brings a flurry of new activity with it.  Gardening, mowing, fertilizing, and cleaning are typical for most of us.  At our house, there is another slightly more unusual activity that starts in mid-April, morel mushroom hunting.

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Ever seen one of these?  In the Midwest (and I believe some other areas of the country) there is a delicacy that grows spontaneously for a few weeks in the spring.  They come in a small variety of shapes and colors, but are all VERY good to eat.  My dad and I spent many hours each year when I was young searching for these, which built some amazing father/son memories that I will always treasure.

What could be a whole lot better for a little boy after being cooped up in the house for months on end?  Our boys LOVED being in the forest and although they lost interest quickly in searching for morels, the “adventure” was a great start for them.

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I think it is so good for our kids to get out in nature whenever possible.  It is amazing to watch them light up with the excitement of discovery and  adventure.  There are no amount of science books or movies that could teach them so much, so quickly. 

What are your favorite spring activities?  Anyone else out there hunt morels?

Brad

6 Responses to “Spring Adventures”

  1. Tiffany
    May 3, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    That sounds so fun! I do not think we have any of those in upstate NY – hmmm…

    I LOVE taking family walks and hikes in the Spring and just witnessing creation come back to life. It is amazing.

    Be Blessed.
    ~Tiffany

  2. Jenn Brothers-Haler
    May 3, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    We found 345 morels in our backyard on Sunday! :)

  3. Crystal
    May 3, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    The Pacific NW is known for its mushrooms, including morels! I adore being outside, I couldn’t live without it, and I’m trying to pass that on to my boys.

  4. Lauren
    May 3, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Yeah morels! My father in law just brought us a baggie full of them! He has a secret spot he goes to every year and finds a TON! We are lucky enough to reap the rewards without any effort :)

  5. Barbara Manatee
    May 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    The first couple of years that we lived in our house, we were pleasantly surprised to find morels growing under our pine tree in our front yard. Sadly we haven’t found any in years but I always still double check in the spring!

  6. Eos Mom
    May 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    What a fun (and edible) activity and family tradition!!! I expect that’s a good way to get your kids to eat their vegetables–when they’ve hunted them down themselves. 😉 Sadly, I doubt they grow out here in Phoenix, I suppose I could check up on that. Fun!

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