Well, we made our trip back to the pears Saturday (in the truck) in hopes of finding completely ripe, better tasting, sweeter pears, and we were not disappointed. Success! The pears had just reached their perfect ripeness. We took the tuck so we could use the ladder since it seemed the larger pears were all really high up in the tree this time.
You have heard the saying "The grass always looks greener on the other side." In this case, it was "the pears looked bigger on the other side." There are 2 more pear trees about 20 feet from our pear tree across a barbed wire fence. Those pears definitely looked bigger, so I sent the kids on over to check. And, They were bigger (quite a bit actually). We all crossed over the barbed wire fence after pulling the larger pears from our tree. Those pears were low enough that we did not even need a ladder.
We came home with 5 Wal-Mart sack full of pears. Now, the fun part...pealing, coring, slicing, freezing. Of course, I will use my "apple peeler, corer, slicer," but I found (after using it with the first batch) that it does not work as well on pears as with apples. We have to cut away more of the core after using the machine, but it at least does most of the work.