Although the flowers have passed their prime in Paradise Valley, nature has now provided a substitute for the gorgeous tints that are somewhat faded. In a word, she now serves refreshments to all who roam the hillsides, for blueberries are ripe. Every sunny slope teams with the delicious fruit, and fortunately there is no regulation prohibiting the enjoyment of picking berries. There are three types of these bushes. One grows from two to three feet high and its berry, large and almost black, rises erect from the plant. Another bears its fruit pendant; the bush is usually not more than a foot high, but the berry is large and dark blue when ripe. A third kind grows very low, yet even on bushes not more than one and one half inches in height, the small blue berry characteristic of its type is found. They are all palatable, and when made inti pie - well, no further comment is necessary.
There is an abundant crop of huckleberries this year. All varieties, high bush and low bush, blue and black and red; those found in the woods and in the sub-alpine region - all are plentiful. The crop has ripened earlier than usual and are hanging heavy and ripe on the bushes. They are at their best in the open burns, as the huckleberry grows best in these regions.
Huckleberry time as usual was heralded by the arrival of parties of Indians who come to the mountain each year to get a supply of the delicious fruit. The Indians usually camp on this side of the mountain either up the Kautz a few miles from the road or at Recksecker Point, where the large wine-colored or nearly black variety, without bloom, (Vaccinum macrophyllum) grows in great abundance in the burned over land. This variety is preferred because of its superior sweetness and keeping qualities. This annual pilgrimage of the Indians has lost much of its picturesqueness. A few years ago they arrived on horseback in gayly colored attire. To-day they arrive in sedan cars and ordinary business garb. Before the time of the white man Indians came to the Park for berries and it is thought that many of the burned areas of the park were originally burned over by the Indians to increase the distribution and yield of the huckleberry.
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