A Wet Weekend, Looking At a Wet Copper Mountain

It was a soggy day. Although it rained for most of it, it did matter what side of the valley you went to. On the Thornhill side, it seemed to be really good, while going out to Lakesle Lake, it rained like there was a storm from Hell, and of course, down town Terrace was awesome. We eventually had dinner in Terrace before we called it a day. But before that, I took some photos while we were travelling around, near the Rifle Range, at the foot of the Copper Mountain.

Still about three kilometres away, even with a 300mm telephoto lens, the rocky face of the Copper Mountain, looks huge. Look through the camera, counting the waterfalls was almost impossible. There was quite a bit of mist to shoot through, so my photos looked fairly hazy. In the above photo, this was one of the dry spots from the rain. To the left of the photo, you can see one of the many power-lines going up to the towers on top.

The waterfalls look awesome with the rock formations. You can sort of see the scale of the rock face by the size of the trees in the photos. I am not sure how high the Copper Mountain is, but I would say it is somewhere around 800 to 900 metres. You can drive to the top of it. Perhaps one day, a trip to the top is in order, once I can find a truck, and taking my camera. I was up once already this year, during work, but I did not have my camera with me at the time.

Anyway, the weather prognosticators are saying that the rest of the week is going to by soggy in the Skeena Valley. Though far from having snow falling, it is getting cooler. I would be not surprised if this area does not have an early snowfall. That is just me, as I am not fully climatized from the Lower Mainland yet. LOL

All Eyes Looking

The quest for the vehicle continues. Right now, it is deciding whether to go with what the Bank has offered me, or go with what the dealership can do. But for now, I am still looking. I have already lost two great deals becuase my Bank took so long drawing up the paperwork, and I fear I might loose another becuase these things take so long to do up here–I just got approval, but at a lot less than what I need for around here. But at least I have options, so I decided to give the other side of the street a look, in other words, I might skip the Bank altogether and just go with dealer financing instead.

I totally understand, or at least I think I do, the inner workings of what buying a car is all about. Each dealership seems to have slight variations on selling vehicles. Some include the sales tax and dealership fees, while others do not. Some have “special buys” with tax included, while other “special buys” come with packages attached that usually cost extra money. One dealership that I went to told me that all of their cars have no tax included on the sticker price, or other fees attached. So, going car shopping means you are confronted with a sale person who wants the deal to go their way, so you have no idea what is in fact a good deal or not, but they make it sound so good that you are getting a break. The question is, are you getting a break?

So I think I found a car that will get me by for now. I am going to go with the dealership financing instead of the Bank pre-approved loan, just becuase it is fast for everyone. Sure, my Bank will loose their cut, but they still have me as a customer. All I want is a car, albeit a used one, but still new enough that I can sell it again, and go for something I really want later on when build my credit score, or buy it out-right.

I had no idea that buying through a dealership up here in Terrace was a pain. Now I see why so many choose to save first, then buy out-right. It makes sense now. Even talking to people who have awesome credit scores, and good financial connections, are still faced with a huge waits. It is way different than what services you get down in the Lower Mainland in my humble opinion. But I can not knock anyone person directly–everyone has been great helping me out. I understand that I am asking to borrow money, so I do not mind paying extra for that, but I need a car now, not later.

So tomorrow I try again. This time me a Suz., will go down together and look. Maybe the Car Gods will be on my side then, and all will work out. For now, all eyes are looking in all directions, searching for that car with the right fit.

Getting Ready – Halloween is Around the Corner

With just over two weeks to go, I decided that I should start getting the decorations for Halloween this weekend, rather than waiting until next week. Now, I am not going to do anything at my home becuase I probably will not be there for Halloween night when the kids come around. All of this will be for at my work. I have my own little office there, so I am free to do what ever I want with it, as long as it fits within safety and human rights guidelines. This should be no troubles for me. I do plan on dressing up too for the event at my work, since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year.

I am not sure whether or not I will buy treats and candies, but I will leave that option open for when the times comes. I am sure my co-workers will do stuff too. I know I will not spend a lot, probably keeping my budget down to twenty-five dollars or so. I just want to keep fun factor high. I love this time of year, and I think our Federal Government should make Halloween a Holiday here in Canada.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

The Worst Storm in British Columbia to Date Was 55 Years Ago Today

When you hear someone harping about how bad the weather is today, just tell them that the West Coast was slammed with the mother of all storms on October 12, 1962, fifty-five years ago. Typhoon Freda was the worst storm on the Pacific West Coast to date,  and nothing has surpassed it’s fiery since. The damage was nothing that the utilities had seen at that time, with trees, buildings and power poles down–the property damage was huge. 

The typhoon was just downgraded to a tropical storm just before it hit the Southern shores of British Columbia, but that did not stop it from cutting power from Vancouver to Hope when it hit land, leaving people’s homes without electric power, for days afterwords.

Yesterday I was listing to the CKNW Vancouver radio station (on line), and they had a meteorologist on, who was talking about the weather systems hitting British Columbia today. He brought up Typhoon Freda. This surprised me. I have seen some wicked storms while I lived on the South Coast, and during my youth here on the North Coast, thinking that I lived during the worst storm, but Typhoon Freda was before my time here on planet Earth. So it just goes to show you, we have not broken that record yet. 

LINKS

Typhoon Freda slams B.C. coast in 1962

Remembering Freda: The typhoon that knocked our lights out

1962 Pacific typhoon season

Not a Good Day For a Swim at Gruchy’s Beach

Hummm, lets see? What is new and exciting? Well, I think I found my new vehicle. Me and Suz., went and checked it out in town yesterday. It is green and just a little over ten grand, but there is hope from one of the salesmen that came to greet us, the price may drop down to eight. Of course this all is in hopes of either going through my Bank, or dealing with the dealership’s own financing. I am hope to go through the Bank instead. We drove around a bit in her car, as my hurting Pathfinder has bit the dust. I am going to wait to until I fix, maybe throw it up for sale. But this is the long week, Thanksgiving, so I am taking it easy today. We went out to Gruchy’s Beach, for a quick walk before we go to tonight’s Thanksgiving feast.

It was not a good day for a swim out in the lake. Once you got over the cold, about 13C out today, then you would have had to dealt with the wind. It was windy at the beach. But, a good day for a hike. In general, it was a good day walking around the beach in the sand. Lots of fresh air, and not another person around, except for the five people and two dogs we past as they were leaving the park. And it did not rain!

So, tonight it is Thanksgiving dinner. I love this time of year becuase of the turkey dinners smothered with cranberries–salivating already just thinking about it. But sadly, this also marks the time of year when you unpack your winter jackets and boots, and if you have not done so already, get the snow-tires on your vehicle–sniff–sniff-if you have one that works. But the awesome part, Halloween is almost three weeks away! So Happy Thanksgiving, and have a great long weekend!

Terrace Transit: The Pathfinder that Packed it In

My vehicle died on me this week, right around mid Wednesday, so I had to do a bit of walking to get around. Fortunately Terrace is a small place both in size and distance; getting around by walking is very possible, it just costs you some extra time. So rather than paying for taxies and bumming rides off of my friends, I just started walking. Then yesterday, I walked to pick up my wounded vehicle from the shop, but they told me that they would not work on it. Go figure–bastards. So I drove it home. This morning, I walked into work, but this time I thought I would use the transit system to get home. First time transit user in Terrace, British Colombia–here I come.

So in preparation of using the transit system, I did a bit of home work. Sadly, the maps and transit times found on-line, were vague and very general. So until I took my first trip, I had no idea what lays ahead. The maps they post on-line were very basic. They tell you what roads each bus will take, but if it travels over the same road twice, or several bus routes go over the same area, then you have no idea when your bus will travel it. So between the Number 3 bus, and the Number 5 going out to Thornhill, I went past Walmart Twice. They do not point out where each bus stop is either. So I had to guess where I should be at what time on the bus route, except for the designated resting points. I choose one of the “Timing Stops,” or resting stops, according to the map as my pick-up spot. It meant that when I got off from work, 3:30pm, I had thirteen minutes to travel half a kilometre to that stop. Of course, hind-sight being twenty-twenty, I could have stayed right at my work and waited eight extra minutes for the same bus, and waved it down!

I got on the bus at Braun and Medeek Street. Even though I raced down to that intersection, timing myself, I still waited eleven extra minutes after the posted time lapsed. Needless to say, for two dollars, I was happy to see it, and be on it. I asked for a transfer, since I had get off at the Skeena Mall, to transfer over to the Thornhill Number Five bus, for the last leg of my journey. In the end, it took almost fifty-six minutes to get home, versus the one hour walk it took me to walk it this morning. The benefit of talking the bus compared to walking, was very little walking–I still had to walk one kilometre to my home.  In all, I was happy, and my feet too. I understand how that part of the transit systems truly works now that I tried it. I know better next time.

As for my wounded Pathfinder, well, I blew the fuel-line, rusted right off. Where it mounts to the frame, it is very rusty, so it makes repairing it difficult. It cannot be driven as is becuase it spews fuel at a rate of one cup per hour. I am in the process of buying a new car or truck, so that is what I will focus on this weekend.

Oh, I almost forgot, this is a long weekend! This is the Thanksgiving Weekend! Yay!

Those Busy Bees

During our Sunday roaming around town, we stop at the top of the “Bench” in Terrace, where Kalum Street climbs up on the hill. At the top of the hill, there is a turn off, where the city put a picnic table and some flowers, and you can sit and watch the town below. In the flowers, there were many bees. So I took my Macro lens, my 30mm prime, and shot this bee at F2.8 at about three/five centimetres away.

I like this photo–for those of you who like purple things–this is your shot. The bee just adds to it. I could have got closer, but the fear of getting stung we lingering in my thoughts!

I guess this is the home stretch for the honey bees, as they prepare for the winter. This Bee was going like crazy, working this flower for all it was worth. There were lots of others too, but you had to be quick with your camera to get good shots.

The Couch Out On the Skeena

Back on Saturday, (September 30, 2017) I took a walk down to the Skeena River, just off of Queensway Road, on the Thornhill side, across from Ferry Island, and Terrace, BC, and came upon a couch laid  out on the sand. Call it what you may, a  sofa, settee, or chesterfield, I call it a couch, it made me laugh, sitting on the shores of the Skeena. You can see it from both the old and new bridges. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

Some would say this is an eye sore, and some would laugh at it, but the question my girlfriend asked was, “I hope they made it so it won’t pollute the river when the water starts to get high.” She is right, this garbage that should not be on the river’s shore. This is like throwing out your garbage out, and worse, putting it out into the public view so everyone can see it when they cross the river into town.

Many who go down to the river’s edge, like to make camp fires, and either fish, or do it for other recreational activities.  The couch, it seems, was for such people who would want to sit in the lap of luxury in the middle of the wilderness, but ask this question, would you sit on it after a day’s rain?

Lakelse Ave at Clinton Street – A Fall Day In Terrace BC

I guess you could call this street photography at its best, being that these are shots of the street, though few people are in them. But, I was keeping with my fall theme going on the blog, more or less, shooting the colourful trees as they go through their autumn change. Pretty much in less than three to four weeks all the leaves should be gone, and the onset of winter will dominate the landscape. So I wanted to capture as much of this as I could with stretch of awesome weather was are having. Below, here is what the trees look like along Lakelse Avenue, looking West into the down town core of Terrace, BC.

The maple trees just look stunning with all their different colours in the sunshine. It was about 17C, with no wind, and of course being a Sunday, the traffic was next to nothing along this stretch of road. This was on the North side of the road, just West of Clinton Street.

Like I said, the town was not very active this time of day, so I had no troubles standing on the middle of Lakelse Avenue, shooting photos with my camera. The above shot was looking due West, into town. An almost perfect day for a Sunday walk around town. I should also add that most of the traffic is on the South of town, where the New Bridge enters into Terrace, (on the other side of the tracks), so this stretch of Lakelse Avenue does not get used that much any more. This is where you would enter town, coming from the Old Skeena River Bridge (which you will see in the shot below).

This is looking East, at Clinton Street, on Lakelse Avenue, leading out of town.

Anyway, I took a huge number of photos today, as we walked around town. We walked the foot path along Highway 16, in town, right up to the Kalum Highway turn off. So I am going to make another post on that. Stay tuned!

Fall is Here – A Hike Along the Skeena River

There is no doubt fall is here. I had some time to kill while doing some weekend work, so I took a walk along the river during the afternoon. My goal was to just take a walk, trying to burn off some energy after sitting at a desk for four hours earlier this morning. Of course, I took my camera, and once at the river, I saw the trees with their changing leaves. Yes, there is no doubt a change. I started shooting the trees, with their yellow and orange leaves.

This is one of the things I like about this part of the country: the fall colours. This place is like an explosion of colour when the autumn season hit here. From September to November, the leaves change the landscape with their changing colour, never letting the eyes rest from boredom.

If you are wondering why the above image seems “washed out.” Something happened to it when I uploaded it to my web site. I will have to investing this.

With the leaves on the ground, and floating on the water in the river, I wanted to catch everything and photograph it. If this was a windy day, I am sure I could have caught some leaves falling to the ground with my camera. I think soon those windy days are coming. This place is notorious for its wind. Anyway, expect more photos of the fall colours; each day it gets better until all the leaves fall to the ground.