When the “valley” gets hot, the “hot” go to the beach! It’s cooler on the Oregon coast beaches but sometimes fog comes with it.
So, what’s there to see in the fog?
Well, there’s still the little sand critters to play with. If you see the mole crab tracks or their holes, dig a few inches down to find them. No, they’re not good to eat! Just fun to catch. The legs tickle your fingers as they wiggle like crazy to get away. See if you can figure out which end is their head. 🙂
Building sand castles isn’t just for kids!
Graze on the Salal berries. They start from a pink flower, turn into a pink berry and ripen to dark blue. In Tillicum Campground, the berries collect a fine layer of salt from the salty air. The berries taste like blueberries. Sweet and salty – YUM!
The huckleberries and blackberries are just starting to ripen in the campground. The blackest ones are the sweetest.
Now that’s something I can sink my tooth into. These salmonberries are so pretty! But the orange ones are still a little sour. Salmonberries begin ripening in late June to early July, depending on the elevation.
I only found a couple ripe salmonberries. The red ones are sweet. I like them even a little redder than this one.
I had to arm wrestle that spider for this one. But it was worth the 8 matches. 🙂
Horse Creek Campground has lots of salmonberries and thimbleberries.
The thimbleberries are just starting to come on but it seems like they ripen faster than the salmonberries.
That red one is ready to eat. The thimbleberries remind me of a hollow strawberry. The flavor is similar and the tiny seeds crunch between your teeth.
They are very delicate. The berries are easy to squish when you pull them off the plant.
And they almost have a slight fuzz on them, like a peach fuzz.
In mid to late-July the Salal Berries ripen. They taste like a blueberry. The ones near the salt air of the ocean get a slight salty crust on them; to add a yummy dimension.
And, of course the blackberries can’t be missed. There are a couple different varieties of wild blackberries. Himalayan is one and I think the other is either called Evergreen or Trailing? You see them covering the roadsides and fields and old cars and houses! The ones along many of the roadsides are sprayed for weed-control; so don’t eat those.