What is the opposite of helio-therapy? I can't think of the right term. But whatever the term is, I have gotten it the last couple weeks.
It is a miracle cure. I thought that I was a terminal sun-hater, brown-hater, and a few other things. But three weeks as a human mushroom...
|Morel, Brain, and Coral mushrooms. The Coral, on the right, is 4" across.|
...and I am cured!
The photo credit goes to a fellow camper who was a mushroom hunter. I have gotten a kick out of the mushroom hunters in the forest. They take their hunt so seriously -- more seriously than most people would take gold-prospectin'. They are even secretive about where they found their mushrooms, and told me that there were bear tracks in the area or a cougar sighting. You could say that about any place in the western public lands, so why are they mentioning it!
This is a perfect example of how human beings can sometimes be seen at their best. It's rare. Can you think of more examples? Their "best" means doing something they love; something that takes skill and knowledge; something that is non-destructive, non-noisy, and non-expensive.
Isn't it nice to know that it isn't just cyoot witto fuzzy-wuzzy animals that can be charming and that our own species can seem like that at times? And when they are, who is more charming: people or a sunny, dry day?
It is possible that someday a smartphone app may ruin the fun that mushroom-hunters are having today, in the same way that the internet has damaged camping. I don't want to dwell on that, but it is worth appreciating what exists today even more because of it.