On a path inside Salt Level State Park about 90 miles north of San Francisco, Brooke Bingham reaches right into a plastic bag and pulls out a large matsutake mushroom. Then an excellent larger coral mushroom. Then a number of smaller golden ones — possibly honey mushrooms?
These are simply a few of the spoils of 4 hours spent inside the one state park in California to permit mushroom foraging. And for its various mixture of conifers, proximity to the coast and preponderance of fog, that is prime fungi territory.