A Late Start to Summer

At long last, we took our first extended visit to the acres. Exceptional amounts of spring rainfall encouraged all the grasses, bushes, and weeds to grow much taller than we saw last year. Even our driveway camera had been obscured by the tall grass!

The two types of elderberries we’d planted earlier, some in autumn and others in the spring, are doing well and standing a couple of feet tall. The rhubarb not only survived the winter, but is already large enough to harvest some! More rhubarb and elderberry will be planted in the coming autumn. Even the many bushes we haven’t seen bear fruit have flowers now. They appear to be snowberry. We won’t be eating the snowberries.

We saw some fabulous scenery both on the drive to Starvation Acres and when exploring the state land across the street. We saw deer, chipmunks, and squirrels. Found moose tracks in the road. Much of the forest was too thick to walk into.

On Saturday, we had breakfast at Beaver Lodge & Resort. The view of Gillette Lake from the dining room is not to be missed. The rest of the day was spent visiting the Bigfoot Festival in Metaline Falls. It seemed the event covered the entire town! Other excitement included finding our tiny Garry Oak had survived the winter, hearing Cletus tell campfire stories, and seeing a black bear had strolled down our driveway shortly after we returned home.