Howe Creek and Tree Park Trek

We were out for a Sunday walk in the park, heading along the bottom of what they call “the Bench” here in Terrace, British Columbia. We started along Sparks Street, right at the soccer field, and followed the creek to the Howe Creek Tree Park at Lanfear Drive, at the bottom of the hill. The length of trail that we walked was about three kilometres, in one direction; we also walked back on the same trail.

The trail itself is in really good condition, very well maintained, and highly recommended to walk. I would say we passed somewhere around ten to twelve walkers and joggers, plus one mountain biker rider. Some of the passer-bys where also walking their dog, and one lady he three leashes and many more dogs following. But the trail was big enough that all of the traffic was not a problem. I think my camera attracted a few stares and comments, all was good.

There were about eight well maintained bridges that we walked over. Most of them seemed like they were just built. The path was we groomed and has crushed gravel throughout. There was two places where there were tree falls that the roots dug up the trail, but they seemed fix enough to not cause any problem. There was one muddy part, but it was dry enough to walk threw.

One we got to the Western end of the trail, we met the Howe Tree Farm Park, in dedication to Mr. Howe, who grew exotic trees during the turn of the century, and passed away in the 1980s. A park was erected that contains some of those trees, plus many more that were planted since.

These photos, above, were some of the plants that were growing in the park. What was amazing about the park, was how well it was maintained. I saw no signs of vandalism, and it looked as if they just worked on it. 

I would highly recommend an afternoon to walk it!

A Weekend From Lakelse Lake to the Exchamsiks River Park

This weekend was wonderful, although it tried to rain, and cloud over, me and my girl friend seemed to drive around the bad weather and stay in the great stuff. Actually, the holes in the clouds seem to follow use, showering us with some really good sunshine while the rain stayed on the other side of the Skeena Valley. Only when we went inside for dinner, or driving down the highway, it poured like cats and dogs. We travelled from Lakelse Lake to the Exchamsiks River Provincial Park, and stopped off at many places in between. When we went to the lake, we travelled down toward the Beam-Station, on Beam Station Road, to the North end of the lake.

Again, like I said in the previous post, it was many years since I was on this spot on the lake. This place also changed a lot. What really surprised me were the size and scope of the houses that are here. This is a rich persons place to live. Most of the homes are in the $800,000.00 dollar range. A little to rich for my blood and wallet. This was our first stop on our road trip.

Our next stop, after the Lakesle Lake, was the Lakesle River, which took us into Old Remo, my old neighbourhood. My girl friend said that she had never been here before. Then off to the Exchamsiks River!

And like everything else, this place changed a lot to for me. Year ago, the park was laid out differently than it is now. There used to be a large parking lot just off of the highway, and some cleared areas for camping. Now, there is a smaller parking lot, about half the size, and no room for campers that I could see. However, now, there are walking paths, and of course, you can still get to the river.

Even with the cloudy weather, the river and huge cliffs did not disappoint the eyes. It was awesome. The water was a beautiful green colour, and the sand was the usual red colour. But the trees were huge, and numerous. Also, were the mosquitoes. Sadly, once they got a taste of our blood, they called their friends, and the next thing we knew, a swarm of them surrounded us, and the feeding frenzy commenced. They were pure evil. So we left faster than we came.

The Lakelse River

Today was an actioned packed day for travelling around and sightseeing. We first went over to Lakelse Lake, though this time we went to it Northern most tip, a place called Beam Station Road, where the navigation antenna sits for the airport, then over to the mouth of the Lakelse River, where it meets the Skeena River. So the mouth of the Lakelse River is where I am going to start. First, a little history from my point of view, then the sites.

Way back during my youth, about thirty years ago, (yup, I am old now) I used to come here to the mouth of the river and fish. I was a, what you would call, a hard-core fisher. Almost every opportunity, I would start here, then make my way up the river, towards the lake. Since then, today was the first time I have been back to this very spot, in over thirty years. And I must say, it had changed!

The campsite is smaller, and the river has changed its course as well. Then there is the high water level, as I never remembered the river this high. But the biggest change would be the bridge. A totally new bridge, from the old wooden one from thirty years ago.

But, part of the environmental problems of almost every river and water way in British Columbia is, low fish stocks. As of today, some of those fisheries were opened today. So for the first time since I have been here you can now fish.

The above shot is where the Lakelse empties into the Skeena River. Even this area has changed a lot since I last seen it. The sand bars and trees have shifted a lot, and made this area wide open since the last time I was here. Before, you could have not seen the other side of the valley from all the trees, but now, it is wide open from the flooding and erosion. Once, you could drive all the way to the other side on the Skeens River side without ant effort over the sand.

Then there is the Bridge. This is whole new bridge compared to what was here the last time I was here. Wow, metal. Better than the old wooden trestle type one that here from before. The old wooden bridge, we could sit above the water and fish from there.

So, the main fishing from here are the rare Steelhead and trout. Also, there are fresh water clams too. Other types of salmon are caught here to, but the Steel-heads are the sought after fish that everyone wants.

The get here, you travel along Queens Way Drive, and turn off onto the Old Remo Road, about eight kilometres, then turn left on the White Bottom Road for another eight kilometres. Be careful, right now it is a active logging road, so be mindful of the traffic, as the road is fairly narrow and gravel once you turn off of Old Remo Road.

First Full Day On the Job

Today marks my first full day on the job, and I could not be more stoked about it than any other job I worked on. It was one of those days with all training and paperwork for the first bit, but the last half of it was spent actually doing the job, so I felt like I was a head of the curve. A lot of the job I know, just names and learning new software, were different from what I use to. In fact, I was say, if it was not my previous experience, I would not be as far I as I am right now. I have lots of keys, and several passwords; oh the responsibilities I have now-gosh. Anyway, the job is a low volume location, but very steady. We will see what the future brings.

So I get up out of bed, at six, and at work for seven am, and home by three-thirty pm. Not bad, since I have no train tracks to cross, little traffic to deal with, and the distance to work from my place is seven kilometres! This morning I saw only four or five other cars on the road; is was awesome dealing little traffic. I get to work way before the rest of the regular staff do, so this makes first couple of hours quite pleasant, and when I can most of the bulky tasks done. Once the rest of the workers arrive, I am usually in the office by then, which is prefect becuase that is when the questions start. So for an hour, I deal with those.

The teams I work with are awesome too. There is a very laid-back attitude with all of the staff. There are those who are very professional, and those who want to get the job done with as little hassle as possible. But, for the most part, it is a low key atmosphere to work in. As long as you stay on top of your duties, all will go well, for me and everyone around.

Of course, learning a new system, comes dealing with minor hitches in time and an efficacies. I am slow on the scanner, but only becuase that is totally new software that I have to learn. Then there is the Inventory software that seems to be a mesh-mash of ten pieces of software welded together. It has its moments when it decides not to work. But everything else is routine and common for me to do.

The hard part will be working alone. A large part of the job is working solo. So keeping myself busy, and setting up a schedule is totally upon me to do. There are “Check Ins” and other means for head office to track me, but there will be no one to physically keep me company. They say, there will lots of days with boring times to deal with over the course of this employment. This will be a shock to deal with for me, coming from a place with over two hundred and fifty employees, and working full-out at one hundred and ten percent-none stop–flat out. Am I ready for this. LOL

Looking Back to Canada Day

Right now I am killing time becuase I am waiting for my Criminal Record’s check to complete, so I thought why not type something up real quick while I am waiting. Looking back in my photo archives (or Expansion Drive), I could not help but stop on my July 1, 2017, folder. There, inside that folder, sits 173 images that I snapped that day. There were several that are blog worthy, but with time and space, there is just not enough of them to go around. So this image stuck out for me.

It is not the best one out of the lot as far as photos go, but I remember how nice it was when we were out on the lake, laying back, watching the sail-boats sail by. So the photo invokes nice memories. It was an awesome day, even with the clouds, it was just right, and the temperature was perfect.

Here, I was shooting with 300mm telephoto lens, looking West ward, while we were on Furlong Beach, on Lakesle Lake. Surprisingly, the beach was not full.

Terrace, BC – Up On The Bench

When I finally made my stop in town, I stopped at the top of Skeenaview Drive, and Sparks Street, right at the look out rest area. I have taken photo from here before, like my night shots and a couple of times during the early afternoon, but today, I took these around 9:00am, so I had the morning light–far better for shooting with. I used my 14mm lens, which I thought showed a more accurate view when you go up here with.

Below, is a shot of the look out area. They added a flower bed and put in block pad for the seat, since I was here last. It looks nice.

Nothing like a wide lens for scenic view like this. The temperature was about 13C, with a slight breeze–just enough to keep the flies away. When the Sun came out, it warmed up a lot. We are far from a heat-wave here. LOL

Lots of Shoes on a Street Light Pole In Terrace, BC

I would say this is a little excessive, but no doubt done by young adults who are using the near by skate park, who do not mind throwing up their shoes. When I first seen this, I wonder why there were so many becuase down in the Lower Mainland, from what I understand, shoes on a power line or street light, means you can buy illegal drugs or a gang hangout near by. This, I think, is just a bunch a shoes on a street light.

But hey, if you need a pare of plain shoes, or in need of some runners, your size might be up here.  Like I said, this is located by the skate park, up on the hill by the ice rink and arena Civic Centre of Terrace. You think they could throw more up there? LOL

Big Bertha – Terrace, BC.

I had to get a photo of this. The back story is, at my former work, we had a double electric pallet jack that we called “Big Bertha.” So naturally, when I saw this on my first visit to Terrace, back in 2015, I wanted a photo of this to show my former co-workers. Sadly, we never had the time to stop and enjoy the Visitors/Information Centre for Terrace. Since this is last day of “freedom,” as I start my new work tomorrow, I wanted to take today for shooting photos in and around town with the morning light. So, here is “Big Bertha,” the “portable spar tree,” used in logging, back in the good old days.

I should point out, the day has been awesome. Lots of Sun, mixed in with high “puffy clouds,” as I heard a woman say, from near by. When I took this shot, there were about five other people stopping to take photos too. I guess Big Bertha is really popular–today. LOL

Anyway, the day is young, and I have so much more to shoot with my camera.

There is British Columbia Baking Away, and Then There is the North Coast

As you already may have heard, we are in the heart of forest fire season, and ninety percent of British Columbia is stuck in the grip of a nasty heatwave. But we here in Terrace, and the surrounding area are “blessed” with clouds and rain. The entire North Coast region sits under cool cloudy weather, while the rest of the Provence is “baking away” from the hot dry weather trapped down there. One would say it is awful that we have the clouds and rain, but think about it, I would rather have the clouds than the scorching heat of the Lower Mainland, where I just came from.

I just heard on the news that the little town of 100Mile House has been evacuated, and along with it, a number areas around it. My heart goes out to those people.

I could not live in that heat. I never liked it, and as a twist of luck as I moved up here, I left on the first couple of days after the start of the heatwave back on June 21, 2017 in Langley Township. Here, in Terrace, it has been awesome as far as the weather goes. We are very mild compared to the rest of British Columbia, and for the next week, we have rain on tap to look forward to. No threat of forest fires here. In fact, right now, there are no camp-fire bans. The parks are wide open.

Anyway, we all know that all this could change, as Mother Nature (prise Nature) can change on a dime, and we may face a heatwave. There is plenty of summer left for 2017. So fingers crossed.

UPDATE: The Government of British Columbia just issued a Provence wide campfire ban as of today (July 10, 2017), until October.

A Funny Sign

We took a drive just North of Terrace, BC, and came upon this sign on a farm. I had to look twice, then laughed. Anyway, I thought I would post it here so you could see it.

I posted it on twitter too, if you want to see a larger version of this photo.

We did a lot of driving around looking at houses here around town. There are some really nice homes. Lots of money here, judging by the sizes of some these houses. Nothing like dreaming, and a million dollars to go with it.