First impressions are important.
When you first meet someone, whether it’s for a first date or job interview.
The first time you go to a new place. Is it a clean restaurant? Does it seem like it’s a fun place worthy of your family’s time?
But sometimes a person or a place deserves a second look.
Today we decided to take the family to a new park. It’s was a blueberry park and I had heard great things about it.
We started walking on the perfectly paved trail and felt as if we were suddenly in an episode of Supernatural. That’s probably because we just saw a particularly creepy episode that took place in an orchard…and the rows upon rows of bushes seemed like it would be easy to get lost in.
And lastly, for our not so great first impression, see the photo above? On the right hand side, just after the bushes, there is a bench. There was a guy sleeping on it. So we did what any blueberry loving family would do, and we turned left at the fork. We were determined to pick some berries!
At first glance, it was difficult to see any. But once our eyes adjusted, they were everywhere!
Aside from getting free berries, my favorite part was it FELT like we were the only ones there. We knew we weren’t because we could hear the other families, but didn’t see any of them. So it was like our own private blueberry farm.We got a ton! No thanks to the kiddos, though! Z kept eating them and feeding them to her brother.
Next time we go, our rule is “Eat all you want from the bushes, just don’t take any from the bowls!”
My husband and I could have stayed all day-we were having a blast. But the kids were getting restless, so we decided to leave. After just one hour of intermittent berry picking, we almost filled our big bowl.A cool little bonus-I caught a tree frog and I got to show the kids. Even though the little bastard peed on me, the amazement from Z made it worth it. (R was indifferent. Ha!)
We will definitely be going to this park again! If you’re in my area, it’s called Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma.
What did I do with our mother load, you ask?
I made a blueberry crisp using my blackberry crisp recipe. It is now my favorite dessert, (with a bit of vanilla ice cream on top.)
And for the remaining berries, I made freezer jam. Just blueberries, some sugar, and a dash of water-stir continuously on the stovetop for about 20 minutes or so. It turned out awesome!What types of berries do you like to pick?