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Huckleberries Online

There’s huckleberries in them thar hills

The pains of labor are stained on the hands of a huckleberry picker during an outing high in the mountains of North Idaho. Pickers are reporting a very good year in the outback for the huckleberries as supplies are good and large berries are plentiful. (File photo by Brian Plonka/SR)
The pains of labor are stained on the hands of a huckleberry picker during an outing high in the mountains of North Idaho. Pickers are reporting a very good year in the outback for the huckleberries as supplies are good and large berries are plentiful. (File photo by Brian Plonka/SR)

I'm typing with purple fingers this morning.  Huckleberry juice doesn't wash off easily. That's okay, though.  I bear the colors of an official huckleberry picker for the 2016 season. When we were on our way to Huckleberry Heaven yesterday afternoon (pictured above and at 4,800 feet elevation and that's all I'm telling), we passed a car on the road.  I noticed the driver gave a sort of "truck driver" wave.  That's usually just one finger raised above the steering wheel. Maybe this guy didn't exactly have the pure truck-driver wave cuz Bill said his fingers were purple. Now, I'm not so sure Bill saw his fingers that closely, but the observation could have been correct because this morning I've got the fingers to verify that there were, indeed, ripe, juicy huckleberries in them thar woods/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Have you picked huckleberries this year?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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