Blackberries, one of the compensations making up for a long summer heat wave! And nowhere are they more plentiful than along the car-less roads of the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in north Benton County.
Getting there, though, means a long walk unless you arrive by bike, the preferred method because besides getting you to the berries faster, it means you don’t have to worry about leaving your car and getting a ticket. Parking permits are required at all these wildlife areas, and it’s unlikely that you bought one for an impromptu berry expedition.
If you do ride your bike, though, beware of dead vines with thorns strewn about the pavement the last time a crew came through to cut the roadside vegetation back. (hh)