A cool respite

When you’re hiking along a hot, dusty trail on a summer day, it’s always wonderful to come across a cool stream running across your path, bubbling and singing as it drops down to the lake below. The combination of welcoming shade, colorful wildflowers, and sometimes even a few nice, sweet berries makes it possible to continue on down the trail. […]

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Looking berry good

Blackberry season is coming! Quite a few of the berries I see on morning hikes have already turned dark, but they’re not quite sweet enough just yet. I’ve learned to very gently wiggle them to see if they easily detach from the plant; if not, I leave them alone to continue ripening. Even when far from ripe the colors of […]

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