Mushroom hunters take to Utah mountains

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Tatyana Golub has been hunting for mushrooms as long as she can remember, taught by her grandparents in the Russian city of Tarusa south of her home in Moscow.

"For people in Russia ... it serves two purposes," she said. "It's a fun family time ... [and] it was a food supply. They would go because they had to be prepared for winter."

After emigrating to the United States as a political refugee in 1989, she began teaching Russian language, culture and politics at the University of Utah, and now teaches mushroom hunting at the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning program. She led a group Saturday near Mirror Lake in the Uinta Mountains, and recent rains brought them luck in their search.

Along with teaching people how to identify which mushrooms are safe to eat, Golub also shows them how to "develop a wider vision."

"City people have a different kind of sight and different kind of walk," she said. "You have to move, and you have to look around a different way when you're in the forest."

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