Friday, August 16, 2019

Berry Picking with the Girls

We've been wanting to go blueberry picking. I had scheduled an event for the women's ministry at church - but it was the week school began and many of our ladies were  back at work. It didn't happen. TODAY is Stacia's birthday. Krista had to work and Bre had other plans; but  Arielle, Stacia and I decided to make this happen. Stacia wanted to do it for her birthday - a free gift we could give her - time.  It was "Girl's Day plus 1."

Stacia and I were sure to grab the bear spray. Unfortunately, neither of us realized we couldn't wear the can without a belt.😜 It may have been a bit more effective if we'd worn belts. We tried to post the name of the trail and where we were for safety reasons - but it didn't post until we were out of the mountains. ::snort::

Arielle brought Cory's gun. She wasn't 100% sure how to wear it - but we were happy to have a back up if the spray didn't work and back up was needed. Yes, she knows how to shoot. 

We GREATLY over-estimated how many berries we would get! ::snort:: We got about a quart all together.  Once we figured out the bushes on the ground were berry bushes - we set to work.

Benny did not understand why we'd put "boo barrys" in the container rather than eating them. LOL 

"The hills are alive...with the sound" 

It was a beautiful day to be out in nature. It was quiet and we had to remind ourselves to make noise....When we worked up the rise to the point where we no longer had a sweeping view of the mountain - we left. It was eerie not to be able to scan far for bears. 

Iconic Alaskan Photos....Benny on her back and a gun on her front.

This was our maiden voyage with Benny's new car seat. Arielle had assured us it would make it easy to take Benny on adventures in my van. It did. 

We couldn't help noticing that the Fireweed is blooming out. 

When we were done picking we set out to find a fun place to eat our lunch. We usually stop at Gold Mint Trailhead and it's nice....but we drove on to Government Peak Trailhead this time. I think I liked it even better. It was a very easy walk down to the water.
14 years old today! 

We ate, visited, threw rocks, and played pooh sticks. 

Before any of us were quite ready - it was time to head back to town. We had birthday prep to finish. It was a great day. I think we need to have more outings like this.

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