Saturday Walk at Kiski School
- July 7 10:00-12:00 Kiski Prep, Westmoreland County. Meet Carol
Kelly and John Plischke III. From the West, continue on Rt. 22 (but
there may be construction delays as they are widening Rt. 22).
Continue to the traffic light at Rt. 981 in New Alexandria; turn left
(North) onto 981 until you come to the stop sign at the bridge into
Saltsburg (the town is to your right, and the Kiski campus is atop
the cliff to your left at that point). Proceed ahead after stopping
(be advised that traffic coming down the hill toward the bridge, as
well as traffic crossing the bridge from your right have the right-of-
way! Be careful!) but where the road forks just in front of you, bear
LEFT up and around the curve following the sign for 286 West. (Rt.
981 continues straight ahead toward the Kiski Valley Inn and on to
Avonmore; do not take that.) Just about 100 yards out of the curve,
as you crest the hill, the entrance to the school is on the left,
between the tall brick pillars, before you reach the BP/Subway. Meet
in the parking area to the right just past the security shed.
We request that no one hunts a walk or foray location for at least
two weeks prior to a walk or foray. It is only through your
cooperation that we can have successful walks and forays. All walks
& forays will be held rain or shine. Come 15-30 min early and
socialize. All walks start on time, so be early,
For all walks and forays, bring water and lunch. Dress for the
weather. Bring basket, wax or paper bags (no plastic) to keep
mushrooms separated, whistle, compass, chair, hand lens, insect
repellent, cell phone, and books for identification. Also bring a
knife to dig up mushrooms for identification or to cut edibles off to
keep them clean. Try to dig up 3 of the same species at different
stages of development. Don't pick old mushrooms; leave them to drop
their spores. Bring your membership card and a friend or two. You
are responsible for not getting lost, if you have that tendency stick
like glue to others. We won't wait for you, and we won't come look
for you. Don't take the identification of the person standing next
to you, they might not know as much as you do. Only club mycologists
and identifiers should be used for advice. The Walk Leader will tell
you when to be back at the walk starting place where the mushrooms
will be put on paper plates and the Walk Identifier or Club
Mycologist will put names on only the mushrooms that they know well.
Take notes and pictures to help you remember the mushrooms. You
should go home and check books yourself. Whether you decide to eat a
mushroom, is ultimately only your decision.