On the plus side, I get to spend a week with just me and the girls doing whatever we do best. My brother and his oldest daughter are up for a week and mushroom season was just wrapping up. So there were definitely advantages to staying home. Mushroom season wasn't quite a bust this year but almost. Earlier at the start of the season, it was just too dry and gray morels were few and far between, so far that I didn't find a single one though I saw a couple pictures on the internet. Finally we got three or four days of moisture in a row but the temperatures were only in the 50's, too cold for the yellow morels to pop. Finally, still raining the temperatures got up into the mid 60's which is still too cold for a bumper crop of mushroom but enough to allow a few to pop here and there. We ended up with enough for a small mess of mushrooms for lunch one day and that was it. But as I am quick to say, a few morel mushrooms is better than no morel mushrooms.
Another plus to opting out of the Washington DC trip is that I have an inside scoop on where her next conference is and it is in a state I have never been too surrounded by warm Pacific waters on all sides and a long plane ride from here. Best of all, it will be in the throws of winter next January. Yes, I think that is the one I will go too!