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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/12

Greetings Sledders,

Very quickly, those that were in and we had a chance to talk to said they had better than expected rides. We obviously like to hear pleasantly surprised as opposed to bitterly disappointed.

Ice seems to be the general consistent topic and it will continue to be an issue until we get real snow depths or until we come to the end of this dismal season that we’ve all experienced.

We got an additional 3" over the weekend and it’s just in time for the next thaw which begins tomorrow and will last until Thursday with Wednesday being the critical day with temps in the 40’s and the Sun will be the kicker. Friday looks to be cold and we go right back into thaw mode on Saturday.

It’s anybody’s guess how we will end up especially with the Sun getting into the mix.

I groomed Saturday and the air temp was around 20 but the Sun was out and it didn’t take long before the areas on the trail that were dirty turned into mush.

Unfortunately this could be the beginning of the second ending which really hurts because the beginning of the first ending back on Jan 7th is still fresh on our minds Or something like that.

The trails continue to be fair in my mind because we still don’t have a hard pack base because of the dry snow and lots of ice underneath.

Ride Often (or in this case soon) and Please Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Girls of Fay’s Motel Grayling

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Monday May 28th, 2018 - 7:34 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Tired Shroomers,

What a year it wasn't. Time to bring this disappointing year to an end. Not sure it ever really started. Worst year ever for mushrooming.

Had some shroomers in over the weekend and also had a couple former customers stop in, no one was finding anything, however
our shroomer from Ohio has found a 100 or so nice grays and smaller whites. Finally got good rain yesterday, so the
whites should really start to pop.

Temps are going to stay hot (80's) until Thursday with rain also predicted then.

Have a great year. Pray for a better year next year.

Sandy & Keith
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Sunday May 20th, 2018 - 7:45 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Shroomers,

Okay, here's the tale of mushrooming this week. You tell me if you can make any sense of it!!

You know about our 2 on Wednesday. Neal, the tamale man (with tamales in hand-thank you very much), Dawn and a few friends were in over the weekend.
They found about 4 dozen blacks. Hard picking. Rained most of the day Saturday. Under growth is in full bloom. However they did better than any one else though.
All others didn't find any. We went out this afternoon to a small spot that's maybe 40' by 40'. It has no ground cover other than leaves. We picked 4 dozen decent sized blacks.
Go figure. Plan on enjoying half tonight fried in my trusty cast iron skillet.

What this week will bring is anyone's guess. I have a customer in at the end of the week to pick yellows (white, sponges). Would usually be well into them by this date.
The way this year has gone though who knows.

Not supposed to get any rain till next weekend with good temps.

We'll let you what's going on with the great mushroom tale.

Sandy & Keith
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Sunday May 13th, 2018 - 8:20 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Shroomers,

Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there.

This is a second hand report. We were to busy all week to get out. We trust the source though. Neal (the tamale man), Dawn and crew were in over the week end.
Pickings were pretty slim. They found only about a dozen small blacks. They said Tiger Lilies are blooming and Trilliums buds have not opened yet. Seems to be
maybe a week early.

Based on temp forecasted for the week this weekend should be much better. What a strange year!

I promise we will get out to the woods this week and let you know what's going on.

Sandy & Keith
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Tuesday May 8th, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Shroomers,

Finally got back out to the woods. Sorry we took so long. Two days late and a few dollars short as usual.

The snow is gone out of the wood. A few dirty snow banks along some roads.

Things are moving along. Tiger Lilies are blooming and Trillium are setting buds. A few leaves but no catkins yet which is odd. They usually come before the Trilliums.
There is good moisture under the leaves. After saying all that we did not find one elusive fungi. Not even Keith's thumb tack sized baby.

Temp today is in the 80's and dropping back to the mid to high 50's the rest of the week and into the weekend. Supposed to get rain Wed. into Thur. than again on Fri. and into Sat.

With all that said when the fungi will pop is still a bit up in the air. Mushroom season seems to be going the same as winter and spring has.....All askew!!

We will try to get out to the woods later in the week. Will let you know what's going on.

Sandy & Keith
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