June 22

Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, Wasilla: Picked lots of perfect, huge rose petals. A few rosehips are ready. Northern black currants are big and green. Raspberries and nagoonberries are small and green, a few beginning to redden.

June 18

Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park, Homer: Many berry plants flowering. Trailing raspberry, nagoonberry, cloudberry, watermelon berry, along with roses and many other wildflowers. Red currants and trailing black currants, and elderberry have small/medium green berries and a few flowers still here and there. Beach peas blooming and sea chickweed vining all over the peninsula beaches, very pretty.

May 23

Swamp land, Big Lake: Currant flowers have been going absolutely crazy all over the Valley. I’ve seen many red currant and skunk currant flowers particularly. Red elderberry plants have purplish green heads getting ready to flower. Blueberries flowering. Timberberry flowering. Bog cranberry flowering.

October 6

Hatcher Pass, Fishhook: Picked many blueberries of three types in subalpine and alpine areas, mostly dwarf. All species are very sweet. Many berries have dropped off plants and some berries are squished on the plant. Found subalpine highbush cranberries ready to pick.

September 9

Woods, Ester: Cranberry picked, both lowbush and highbush, both types nice. Everything is quite saturated from rain. Also found good crowberries and strawberry spinach. Red bearberries are past (I found many this time in Sept. before.)

September 6

Hatcher Pass, Willow and Fishhook: Picked berries for last several days in different alpine and subalpine areas. Blueberries of all 3 kinds ready now and some getting really tasty. (In some spots earlier the early blues were ripe while the dwarf blues were completely green.) Crowberries perfect. Alpine highbush cranberry patches red and crispy.

August 28

Talkeetna Lakes, Talkeetna: Picked lots of very nice forest blueberries, at the perfect ripeness level. Also picked a couple bog blueberries here and there. The highbush cranberries were good, and actually there were quite a few nice red currants too.