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The 33rd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival | August 15 – 19, 2014

Each year in Telluride, Colorado there are many festivals to attend. In August they host the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Last year’s Mushroom Festival focused on the use of fungi as medicine for the environment and people.

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After seeing the documentary, ‘Know Your Mushrooms’ I was intrigued by the festival. I was surprised with a trip to the festival for my Birthday.

Attendees come from all over. For some it’s their first time, as it was for me and others it’s something they do each year. They show films, have booths set up for everything mushroom, have guided forays. It was a great experience. We chose a few of the talks that were about how certain mushrooms are being used in University hospitals to treat anything from cancer to strokes. We also got to hear about how they are using mushrooms to clean up oil spills and other environment issues.

The community gets involved and local Telluride restaurants will have Mushroom specials on their menus or Mushroom beers. Lots of great shops to visit in the area and also street vendors set up with different foods as well.

Some people who attend the festival will camp out at nearby campsites. We stayed at the Bear Creek Lodge and took the free gondola into Telluride when we wanted to go into town for the festival. Bear Creek Lodge had a full kitchen, so we brought a lot of our own food. They also had washer/dryer hookups in our room. It was like a very nice apartment.

We found some King Bolete’s that we foraged, cleaned and cooked to eat. The King Bolete is what most know as the Porcini Mushroom. There are so many different types of Mushroom’s as you will see in the images, that it takes a lot of skill and training to know which one’s are safe to eat. We only tried the one, that we knew for certain was safe.

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Lunch at La Cocina de Luz, which was very good.

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On the road to Telluride:

Mushrooms we foraged:

Some of the areas we foraged in:

Identification tables and slides:

More from Bear Creek Lodge:

In and around Telluride:

In the following video, you will hear Mycologist, Paul Stamets give a talk about how Mushrooms can save the world. It gives you a little idea why Mushrooms are so important to us and our environment.

Check out the program for this year 2014 Telluride Mushroom Festival.

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Charlie Dowd search continues between Fort Morgan, Colorado and McCook, Nebraska

Retired San Francisco firefighter, Charlie Dowd is still missing. Dowd was on a travel adventure from the SF Bay Area to Montreal to visit family. He did get off the train for smoke breaks and a fellow Amtrak passenger caught a image of Charlie (below).  He was wearing a Brown Princess Cruises Brisbane Australia t-shirt, grey camouflage cargo pants and white sneakers with Velcro straps, glasses and a grey bucket hat. This was the last known contact with Charlie.

Charlie may be disoriented as his medications, along with luggage and cell phone arrived in Chicago already on 9/14 without him. The medications he was suppose to be taking could cause him to be disoriented if not taken.

The family has been out looking for Charlie along the Amtrak route he would have taken. Their current focus is everywhere between Fort Morgan, Colorado and McCook, Nebraska.

Dowd was on the California Zephyr Train #6 from Emeryville, CA to Chicago. Pickups happened in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. Below is the schedule of stops.

Update an hour ago (3:15 Central Time): The family is in Ft. Morgan, CO working with the Amtrak PD. The PD is coordinating search efforts in Eastern Colorado to Western Nebraska. The West Coast team is re-contacting hospitals and shelters in towns where the Zephyr stopped between Ft. Morgan and Naperville, IL. We appreciate the continued support from this extended community and ask that you continue to share this page to help us find Charlie. (missing person flyer and train route are in the photos)

Updated flyer:

Missing Person: Charlie Dowd – Please help us find him (FaceBook page)

McCook, Nebraska and Ft. Morgan, Colorado in search of Charlie Dowd

Lincoln, Nebraska residents your help is needed

Missing Person: Charlie Dowd on a travel adventure

McCook, Nebraska and Ft. Morgan, Colorado in search of Charlie Dowd

Still searching for Charlie Dowd, good friend’s and client’s of All About Travel are in search of a family friend. Dowd was on a travel adventure via Amtrak from the San Francisco Bay area to visit family.

From the FB page Missing Person: Charlie Dowd – Please help us find him: Sunday AM Update: Charlie’s last known contact was reported over 48 hours now. Our focus areas are the stops between Ft. Collins, CO and Chicago, IL. Please bombard the media outlets in the those areas to get the word out. We’ve been notifying them, have contacted local police, checking local hospitals, etc. We must be relentless in our search. We are seeing Charlie on local SF news now and hope to start hearing reports of it spreading. Keep sharing.

The Dowd family and local team are heading out to McCook, Nebraska and Ft. Morgan, CO on Wednesday morning (today). If you are able to help the Dowd family in their search, you can get updates regarding the status at FB on where they are Missing Person: Charlie Dowd – Please help us find him.

Update minutes ago (12:11p.m.): If anyone was on the Amtrak California Zephyr Train #6 from Emeryville, CA to Chicago, IL (with pick ups in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska) and you think you saw Charlie, can you please message us? Missing Person: Charlie Dowd – Please help us find him

Thanks to everyone that has helped spread the word and with efforts in finding Charlie.

Pat Dowd

Jen Dowd

Amtrak Schedule

Travel Tidbits – Hidden and disappearing destinations

Leptis Magna (Photo: Thinkstock/Stockphoto)

10 hidden places most people don’t know about
10 hidden destinations from Joe Yogerst, one of the authors of National Geographic’s Secret Journeys of a Lifetime… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 

5 Hidden Gems in New York City
Here are five free or inexpensive places that aren’t mentioned in any of the four major guidebooks… New York Times

 

 

 

Top 5 disappearing places
For your next trip, consider these Top 5 disappearing places and enjoy them before they’re lost to future generations… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 

 

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

The Hidden Route to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu was first seen by an American 100 years ago… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

Going green ... Papakolea Beach, Hawaii. Photo: Steve Dunleavy SteveD./Flickr

The world’s most unusual beaches
Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls – if life’s a beach, these are its strangest days… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

 
11 new hotel wonders
Some of the world’s best architects have started exploring a new frontier — hotels — and the results will leave you speechless… CNN

 

 

 

 

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10 U.S. National Parks to have on your bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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