The Toronto Star has published an article about quicksand warning signs in an area of Mississauga, although their investigation failed to turn up any actual quicksand. I don’t think I’ve seen real quicksand before. It seems like something out of the movies. I have experienced some serious and difficult mud before – in fact just this Monday when I was out trout fishing. It looked wet but safe. There was vegetation growing on the surface….but I sunk down past my knees and it took me some time to free myself. It happened once before while out fly fishing with my friend East Texas Red. That time he kindly helped me get out. I can only imagine that actual quicksand, stuff capable of gobbling a guy up, stuff that pulls you deeper the more you struggle, must be tremendously scary.
A City spokesperson suggested there are soft spots in the Fletcher’s Creek area that could be difficult to get out of. Perhaps the signs are a little over the top.
Somebody landed on this blog today after searching “best mushroom field guide for Ontario”. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before. I use two.
They are the Audubon guide by Gary Lincoff and Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada by George Barron. They’re organized differently and depending what I’m looking for I use one or the other. Normally I have both in my car when I’m out chasing mushrooms. I’ve been told the Barron guide is the most accurate, but I have no way of validating that (except that the statement came from a fellow who knows more about mushrooms than I’m ever likely to know).
I’d like to ask the rest of you Ontario mushroom hounds, what guide do you use?
Thanks for staying with me…this is Tuffy P guest blogging this afternoon… hope you are enjoying the tour. Tour ticket dollars go to support the Rouge Valley Health System Foundations’ vision to purchase leading edge medical equipment for their 2 hospital sites.
Out in Scarborough today to take in the home and garden tour in support of the Rouge Valley Health System. Come along and see some interesting homes and gardens. THANK YOU to all the home owners who allowed everyone access inside their estates and out on the grounds. Thanks also to all of the volunteers who generously gave of their time today out in the Scarborough Bluffs area of Toronto.