Out On a Limb

More Miscellaneous, More Nature

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”
Will Rogers

ImageLast weekend we took a nice long hike up to an old fire-lookout.  The structure is no longer there, but you can still see the remnants of the old foundation.  It’s amazing to think that not long ago, men (and possibly women?) were hired to live in these places keeping watch for blazes.  How lonely it must have been.  Perhaps it was also very quiet and peaceful, made more tolerable by the abundance of sweet huckleberries ripe for the picking in late August.  I know that huckleberries are a luxury to us native Montanans, but it breaks my heart to think of all the folks out there who have never tasted one.  We love them on our pancakes, in our muffins, and definitely straight out of the bowl.  Yet, the finest way to sample a huckleberry is to wake up before the sun, drive to a remote location in the mountains of northwest Montana, and start walking.  If you’re lucky, you will be greeted by endless bushes on a south-facing slope.  Find the ones that are dark purple and pluck easily from the bush.  When you bite into it, you will swear you are tasting pure sunshine.

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One thought on “Out On a Limb

  1. It’s been a banner year for wild berries! I’ve turned my hands purple on several recent hikes, enjoying free, organic blueberries from nature. 😀

    Can you rent old fire lookouts (the ones that are still standing) in Montana? In Washington, most of them can be rented. They tend to have giant windows with 360 degree views, since they were made for people to look for fires. A lot of them have kitchens. People will hike up to a mountain top and then stay in a shelter instead of camping…

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