Nice roots there easttn. I'm here in east tn also. It seems I take more time taking pictures of the plants I find than digging, lol. It's hard not to just stand there and admire them a while. I had a pretty good afternoon as well.
Had a pretty good evening hunting. I found a spot that has more sang in a small area than i have seen around here . About 90% of what i found was in an area the size of about 2 football fields . Mostly 10 to 15 year old roots but a few that was around 20 years old .
It's funny you mention poison ivy/oak. I was way down in the hollow couple days ago digging when I felt this intense burning on my right arm. I looked at it and there was a rash with whelps on it getting worse by the second. I immediately got my canteen out and poured water on it and rubbed it with the inside of my shirt which helped a little. I didn't realize that poison ivy/oak worked that quickly. Some of the places I go it's by the grace of god I don't get bit, stung, or attacked by something, lol. Stay safe everyone.