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As the long days of summer start turning crisp, it means that blackberries are ready to be picked.
Picking blackberries in the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth to do so. They grow wild, everywhere. And, I mean everywhere.
I always have a little sticker shock when I go into a grocery store and see a tiny 6 oz container for $4 or $5. I can walk a block from my house and get pints, and pints, and pints, for free.
It’s all about knowing where to look. And, in the Pacific Northwest, luckily, that is just about anywhere.
Along trails is one of my favorite places to look for blackberries. You get a nice walk in, and get to pick berries. But, really, they are everywhere, empty lots, next to the road, alongside schools, everywhere.
I like to make it an event. It’s what makes it special and fun.
This time I scouted out some good berry picking spots, with the help of my mom, I was able to find a patch along the water, on a trail in La Conner, Washington. I found the perfect berry picking basket, and brought the handsome hunk, Tom, along. Hygge adventures are always best shared. We got to see the boats coming and going. Fun fact, there is a boat that belonged to John Wayne along the water, which is always fun to check out.
We imagined the house on the water we’ll one day own, laughed, and chatted about everything under the sun. Or I should say, everything under the overcast sky. It threatened to rain, but we didn’t let that stop us. And, that right there is really the key to enjoying the Pacific Northwest, or any similar climate, and having your hygge adventures. You can’t let the weather stop you. You dress appropriately for it, but you don’t change plans because of it. It ended up drizzling on us, but since we were prepared, it didn’t matter.
We just enjoyed the moment. We enjoyed our little adventure.
Once we collected what we gauge to be enough berries, after, we wandered over to a family member’s house nearby for dinner and to share our bounty before heading home ourselves. The next day we started cooking with our fresh berries. This time we made a blackberry lime cream sauce for the halibut we caught in Alaska. It was fresh and delicious. Not only was this a perfect way to get outside and enjoy being in nature, but it was also a really fun fall date night.
Hygge adventures are all about finding cozy moments, with people you love, and to celebrate all the little moments in life.