LutherTravels – Exploring Western Pennsylvania & Beyond

Edible Mushrooms

There are a lot of edible mushrooms in and around Pennsylvania.  Here are some that we have found!

Poisonous Mushrooms

These mushrooms are striking to look at, but it’s not a good idea to eat them. You can take pictures of them!

Travel, Cook, & Forage Posts

Sunday Drive to Ohiopyle State Park

Sunday Drive to Ohiopyle State Park

Sunday Drive to Ohiopyle I am taking Harrington and Liam to PAX East next week in Boston, so Laurie and I wanted to spend a little time together on Sunday just hanging out.  We decided to take a trip out to Ohiopyle and see what was happening on an early Spring day. I...

Poisonous PA Mushrooms we have found

Poisonous PA Mushrooms we have found

Omphalotus illudens - Jack O'lantern MushroomsPholiota squarrosa - Shaggy Scaly Cap  Scleroderma citrinum - Common Earthball AKA: Golden Scleroderma, Pigskin poison puffball

Pear-Shaped Puffball Mushrooms

Pear-Shaped Puffball Mushrooms

What are Pear-Shaped Puffball My wife spotted a few of these for the first time at Linn Run State Park.  I was excited to see a new mushroom so we picked them to save in case we found out later they were edible. They are indeed edible, but... make sure you eat them...

Edible PA Mushrooms – Western Pennsylvania Mushrooms

Edible PA Mushrooms – Western Pennsylvania Mushrooms

Pleurotus ostreatus AKA: Oyster MushroomsPhylloporus rhodoxanthus AKA: Gilled BoleteLycoperdon pyriforme AKA: Gem Studded Puffballs, Pear-Shaped Puffball MushroomsCantharellus AKA: Chanterelle MushroomsArmillaria mellea AKA: Honey MushroomsLaetiporus sulphureus...

Staghorn Sumac – No, its not Poisonous

Staghorn Sumac – No, its not Poisonous

Growing up, we were told this was Poison Sumac.  Turns out, this is Staghorn Sumac and practically the entire plant is editable (or at least, useful) in some form or another!  We are lucky enough to have 4 or 5 of these growing in our yard and this year, we cut down...

Oyster Mushrooms in PA

Oyster Mushrooms in PA

What are Wild Oyster Mushrooms? We live in western Pennsylvania and were just turned on to wild Oyster Mushrooms this year by our friend, Tara Hassler.  These mushrooms are super tasty, very good for you and really grow around PA in an abundance.  If you are not...

Day 6 & 7 – Butte, Montana

Day 6 & 7 – Butte, Montana

So, this little slice of heaven nicknamed Butte America was our next adventure. I fell in love with Butte, Montana, I felt somewhat connected to this cool little town. It was a peaceful place but at the same time, you could see the city lights shimmering at night from...

Day 3 & 4 – Wyoming and the Horse Penthouse

Day 3 & 4 – Wyoming and the Horse Penthouse

Wyoming was amazing. What a hidden gem this place is! Little FACT, Wyoming is the least populated state in the US! But the people who are populating it are a freaking crazy good time! (Tess, Junior, TC...)We stayed right outside of the small town of Sundance in Crook...

Day 2 – Iowa to South Dakota – The eternal I-90.

Day 2 – Iowa to South Dakota – The eternal I-90.

  Next Stop - South Dakota. Day two on our epic adventure, I got to learn about the joys of driving I 90. For me, it was a great experience. Its pretty much an 80mph straight shot across the country. I suspect its hell in the winter. For anyone who thinks that...

Day 1 – Erie to Iowa

Day 1 – Erie to Iowa

All and all, day 1 was a very uneventful day.  We drive 10.5 hours and probably made about 2.5 hours worth of stops including this amazing Vietnamese restaurant in Iowa. This place had tripe and tendon on the menu. I think that's leaning toward pretty damn...

2018 Montana – Itinerary

2018 Montana – Itinerary

Traveling to our Drift Boat Fly Fishing Trip in Montana is half the fun! At the Miss Mayfly Launch event in Ligonier, I was lucky enough to win a Fly FIshing excursion with a bonafide, certified, an Outfitter in Montana for 3 days!  Robb and I talked about flying out,...

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