2006 Slide Show, Photo 6

This is my son Drew, now 11 years old, picking blueberries on Porter Island near the northeast end of Tobin Harbor in late August. I think it's interesting that Drew looks as though he is picking juniper berries. Often, wild blueberry plants are tangled with spreading juniper on Isle Royale's ridges and outcroppings. Most of the blueberries, Drew is telling me as I type here in Mason, MI, on Christmas Day, were yet to ripen. My memory is different. I thought we found plenty and that they were in pretty good shape. Maybe it was just the location he was picking in, up high on the ridge that forms Porter Island. In any case, we had a great time, picking and exploring and cruising the harbors and coves, even though the rain was spitting.

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