Here are a few pics of us collecting the nuts:
O and Yo were tired out so they caught a ride back on top of the nuts!
Once we got back, we took the outer hull off of the nuts. In case you have never had a hickory nut, they are HARD, HARD to crack. I use a hammer and bang them pretty much as hard as I can. About 75% of the nuts were good and the rest were rotten.
I have some boxed up and for sale on Ebay. You can see that here - Hickory Nuts
One of my daughter's has a blog post she did about the hickory nuts growing around and on our property. You can see that here - Hickory Nut Blog Post
We also managed to spray paint some of the hulls and the kids made some of them into sail boats for letter B day the other day.