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P8290688Late summer and autumn hiking? It’s blueberry heaven out there. We picked cupfuls to have in pancakes or on cereal for breakfast, and everyone participated.

We had blue fingers from picking, and blue tongues from eating, and a certain girl in our party had blue lips from constant blueberry consumption. We wondered how bears eat blackberries. Do they aim for the berries but end up eating a mouthful of leaves most of the time? Do they somehow run their teeth across the plant stem, loosening the berries but not the leaves? Do their mouths turn blue too?

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We didn’t see any bears, but we did see some very blueberry-influenced bear scat. There was an abundance of blueberry plants, so maybe the bears were working some other area. Like in the old children’s book Blueberries for Sal. I certainly thought of “kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk” from that book (the sound the berries made dropped into Sal’s pail), even though that wasn’t really the sound of blueberries dropped into my plastic cup.

Mostly we picked while wandering near camp, but of course on the way out people stopped even with their loaded packs on. No one even tipped over. Just touched up the blue on their mouths and fingers.

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