I've spent a lot of time digging through old photos lately. Found these gems of us picking sparkleberries in the pines east of Austin several years ago. Now that my boys are teenagers, it's hard to remember these days when they were so little. And it's not always easy to remember them as foragers as they speed through their teen years full of sports and screen time and school stuff. Then again, a few recent photos show their wilderness skills are still intact! Joe Henry paddles with his fishing friends almost every weekend on our beatiful Hill Country rivers. Garner reminds me when the blackberries are ripe every spring!
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Foraging is a Family Thing
Chris gives Garner a lift into the berry-filled canopy circa 2010
Check out the loaded bush, perfect for Joe Henry! This was a foraging adventure we had about twelve years ago!
Fast forward 12 years:
15yo Joe Henry eats wild blueberries with me in the Catskills of New York
13yo Garner reaches for a wild strawberry hanging off a cliff in the Ozarks
Staged sibling gesture on one of our hikes...featuring the dwarf palmetto (most delicious berries!)
Joe Henry has developed a deep passion for fishing. Check his instagram @kingfisher_____