So, there I was, on Block Island, visiting friends and attending my good friend’s wedding, and I got the urge…the foraging urge. Off I went to a spot that I have hiked hundreds of times in the past, and there they were…a tree surrounded by giant maitakes! I don’t recall ever seeing these mushrooms in the years that I lived on the island in the past, but, lo and behold, they were there now. I cut and I yanked and I grunted, and then it was mine. A perfect, beautiful, 17lb (I weighed it the next day) maitake. I grinned like a pig in shit, and I have set about drying it. Long process! Just remember, mushrooms are everywhere, and you should always look both ways to find them.