The four seasons are the same every year but the weather is different. In one-crop agriculture, not every year is a good year. But in nature, it is always a good year for SOMETHING. Maybe the bay laurel trees are profusely blooming with yellow flowers. Or maybe there is a great crop of manzanita berries. And this year?
THE WINNER IS . . . . .
mushrooms. Prodigious amounts everywhere on the mountain. More than all the wood rats and feral pigs can possibly uproot and gobble.