OUTDOORS: Matt Schubert’s best five things to do this weekend

• Mushroom mania — In the words of the Temptations, “I ain’t too proud to beg.”

I’d be lying if I said this year’s Mushroom Madness contest has been well received.

Two weeks into it I’ve received a whopping four submissions.

And, as if I needed any further indication of my low standing, one was of a piece of fungus in the “Looks like Matt Schubert” category that was none too complementary.

So pretty please, with sugar on top, send me some mushroom photos before I get fired.

Categories are largest, prettiest and most resembling me. The deadline is Nov. 3.

• Bubble pops — Without enough water in the Quillayute River, the coho have no place to go.

That makes the late-season bubble fishery in Marine Area 3 (LaPush), which ends after Sunday, the perfect alternative.

Perhaps they’ll go for one last snack before their epic quest for love.

• Loomis speaks — There is no more passionate fish advocate than Gary Loomis.

As someone who has interviewed the man for nearly an hour, I can say with complete certainty that he’s easy listen to.

That should make next week’s Puget Sound Anglers-East Jefferson Chapter monthly meeting (see particulars in today’s column) quite interesting.

• Four Seasons — It should be every Peninsulite’s duty to drive past the Four Seasons off Highway 101 west of Port Angeles each fall.

The collection of gold and red hues from the forest of deciduous trees is positively postcard-like in its beauty.

And since it comes only one time a year, it seems only right that each and every one of us take it in at least once.

The Olympic Discovery Trail bends around its northern flank as well, so a driver’s license isn’t even necessary.

• Dawgs and Cats — As an Arizona State alum, my two favorite college football teams are ASU and whoever the Arizona Wildcats are playing.

The latter just so happens to be the Huskies, who are three-point dogs despite having home field advantage Saturday.

I say take the points and rejoice in the fact that as bad as things have gone the past few years for UW, it could be worse: You could be a U of A alum.

Matt Schubert

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