Lake Allatoona, Free Mushroom Lunch & a Casita Next Door

Our gloriously private perch by the lake

Today was a luxuriously sunny, warm (mostly) day when soaking in the beauty all around us enveloped us in peaceful relaxation.

Beautiful, but not edible.

We walked around this morning looking for mushrooms.  We found dozens — beautiful ones, but definitely not edible.  I also found a few small suilli that weren’t worth cooking.  Then I found some that looked like puffballs.  But when I cut them open, there was the outline of a mushroom-to-be inside — a BIG danger signal!

These looked like puffballs until I cut them in half. The outline of a developing mushroom — probably an amanita — was clearly visible inside.

Then later on, we were walking through a field and I found one, genuine puffball, with a pure white, undifferentiated interior.  It did have a couple of bug holes in it, but I cut them out.

Then I sliced them, dipped them in egg, sprinkled them with Lawry’s seasoning salt, then dredged them in cornmeal and fried them.  They were superb!   I stuffed them in pitas and we had an unexpected gourmet lunch!

All of the surrounding campers have left so we feel like we have the woods to ourselves.

A true puffball. Inset shows the pure white interior.

But I got a wonderful surprise this afternoon.  A woman walked up to our Casita and introduced herself.  Her name is Jean and she had just pulled her little Casita into a spot up the hill from us.  She lives nearby in Marietta and travels with a parrot.  She had to leave to hand feed her parrot, as he is old.  But I plan to stop by and say hello and hopefully meet her parrot tomorrow!

Puffball cleaned and ready to cook

Puffballs in the pan!

Puffball sandwiches for lunch!

Jean’s Casita up the hill

Sunny pouting to come outside

Down by the water

RapidWasher to the rescue!

We did have a little excitement after leaving Cherokee.  The sewer outlet was pretty high up and we didn’t realize that we didn’t get a full gray water dump.  Since we always travel with empty tanks, we never close our gray water valve.  Well, this time we should have.  When we stopped for lunch, we discovered the bathroom rug was soaked with backed up gray water.

So last night I soaked the rug in a bucket of soapy water, then gave it a workover with my RapidWasher this morning.

It worked beautifully.  My white fluffy bathroom rug is white and fluffy again!


  1. Good looking mushrooms. Looks like you had a great time at the gathering. There’s nothing that compares to spending time with other fiberglass owners at a rally or gathering. looking forward to meeting you in December.


    • Jerry, my first rally hooked me good! I am really looking forward to meeting you at Ft. Pickens, too. I met Lynne at the rally and she’s planning to be there, too, so I know it’s going to be a great gathering!


  2. Cam

     /  October 15, 2012

    An old parrot? Must be 100! I wish I could identify the mushrooms!


    • That’s what I was figuring. The parrot must have had different owners because they live a long time. I hope it’s friendly. 🙂

      Learning to identify mushrooms is mostly attention to details. I consider myself an advanced beginner, but you wouldn’t believe how many I think are edible that I throw out because I am not 1000% sure! But whether you eat them or not, it’s a fascinating hobby.


  3. Just caught up on your rally fun. Sounds like lots of egg people showed up.
    Your pictures of the road are so fantastic. Hope you enjoy the rest of your camp out. As always travel safely


  4. cozygirl

     /  October 16, 2012

    The “Rapid Washer”…now that’s one more thing for my to-go list :O) And I bet that sandwich beats any portabella I ever had!


    • Cozygirl, I, of course, prefer to use a laundromat when I’m camping. But sometimes you need to do emergency laundry, and that RapidWasher is wonderful for big rugs and things that are too big for the manual WonderWash. In fact, I quit carrying the WonderWash after I got the RapidWasher. I mainly use it when I need to wash washcloths and towels between laundromat trips.

      Oh… the sandwich was AWESOME!!! It didn’t taste mushroomy… it was extremely mild with almost a hint of seafood, probably due to battering it with cornmeal and frying it. I guess the comparison between a portobello and a puffball would be like comparing sharp cheddar cheese to mozzarella cheese. They are both cheese, but the character is completely different!


  5. Love the new title pic. It sounds like you are going to have a great stay there.


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