Dwarf blueberries in the subalpine ripen in late summer and early fall My breakfasts tend to be simple, toast and a bowl of fruit. This morning’s fruit was stewed dwarf blueberries (Vaccinium cespitosum) that had been picked last summer or early fall. The distinctive flavor that came with that first bite brought feelings of warmth … Read more
With my parents in town for a short visit and Alaska Day festivities (namely, the parade), it was a pretty full day. My dad wanted to check out a patch of cranberries he had noted this summer along Beaver Lake trail. The only time really had for that was this morning before the parade, so … Read more
Today the kids and I drove up Harbor Mountain with my brother to go berry picking. I had previously been up with my dad, but at the time half or less of the berries were planning to target were ripe. Unfortunately (where our comfort was concerned) it was a chilly wet day with clouds low … Read more
Normally, when my parents’ early August visit is too early for the blueberries to be ripe on Harbor Mountain. However, with this year’s minimal snow pack and early melt, I thought there was a chance some would be ripe, and had suggested that we go up there an look. After I got back from pick-up … Read more
Connor has been wanting to get over to Heart Lake to go fishing for trout with his grandpa. The first time they tried (without me), they all turned back after seeing a sign indicating a sow with a cub had charged someone on the trail a day or two earlier. Today we all headed out … Read more
Connor, Rowan, and I took a walk down to Lincoln Street beach to gather some licorice root fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) to try. While there I took some pictures of the lingering fog over the water and clouds moving in from the south.