A couple of weeks ago I went berry-picking with some friends in the hills just outside of Inuvik. Although the blueberry season had passed, we were in perfect time for cranberries. It was a warm clear Saturday in September, and there was no place we'd rather be!
I got a little nervous when we saw fresh bear prints, but the other girls had bear spray and bear banger, so we didn't let a wild animal deter us! He didn't seem that big anyway... :)
I got the berries home and washed them, and ended up with about 7 cups of berries, which I threw in the freezer for future use.
Jump forward to Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving weekend - Oct 6-8!), and I pulled a few cups of berries out of the freezer and made my very first home-made cranberry sauce by boiling the berries in orange juice and sugar.
Round it off with a turkey dinner with good friends, and overall it was a great first Thanksgiving in the North.