It’s August in Telluride and that means fresh, wild mushroooms. This weekend is the annual Mushroom Festival, a great chance to learn about our local fungi and to gather with seasoned locals and visitors. An interesting blend of experts and novice pickers, like myself. It’s just the beginning of the season for us and the pickings will be good for at least another month. Although we have several edible varieties my favorite to pick is the King Bolete, it’s the easiest to identify and delicious to eat. I also love any excuse to wander in the woods and mushroom picking is the perfect excuse to get back to nature without any agenda.