The One day of Sun for Thornhill, BC

The people of Thornhill looked up on the last day of the month of July, and saw the bright round orb of the Star called, “the Sun.” and they rejoiced, partying, drinking and eating, until the rains returned the next day. It was glorious. The people of Thornhill once again called out to the great orb, “More, More, More.” Then slithered back to their homes to hide from the rain drops that fell from the sky.

This was pretty much how it felt when the skies opened up, and all one could see was blue, from the West, to the East, and from the North to the South, this was truly what summer was meant to be. When living in the Skeena Valley, sunshine is a rare event, and all stop what they are doing to pay homage to the day that Mother Nature has granted here on the North Coast. To deny one the privilege of these days, is equal to, if not greater than the “act of murder, in the first degree”. 2020 has being even more challenging due to the fact that the season is already being called the “Bummer Summer.”

Yes, Bummer Summer, that people of Thornhill are so tired of it, that bands of people are streaming their way to other lands, away from Thornhil, to places that boast more than five days of Sun per year. Only the strong will stay.

 

The Summer of Rain

The weather report says, Rain, all next week. The last weekend, Aug., 1 to the 3rd., it rained so hard that my radishes were under water. plus we had a thunder storm than caused a minor power outage. For those who live up here, those kinds of storms are rare, and happen maybe once a year, if we are luck. instead we get other types of weather that makes this place stand out. like this summer.

So far our summer has being mostly like late spring with the exception of July 31, 2020, where it hit 29C.; with pure blue skies, again, rare for the wet coast. Now we are back to normal; drizzle, cool and very moist.  

But if you put your optimist hat on, August is only five days old, a lot could happen in the next four weeks until September. There is hope. So, here is to the rain, may it go away, and come back again, like tomorrow. 

 

Camping In The Skeena Valley

Well, for the record, I never joined in the full camping experience, as I was porting a head cold, so I tapped out, and left Poor Suzette to camp on her own. She is a big girl, she did awesome for herself, and we had lots of fun while I was there, only less than five Kilometers from my place. SO these were the photographs that I took during the day while I was at her camp site. Even though were camping, the campsite was very close to the comforts of town, less than 1KM away. Friday was sunny, while today was overcast, but no rain. We did a lot of hiking. We covered a lot of ground. I took lots of pictures, while we explored. We have fun.

This image was taken today, while The fire was being restarted. Suzette is offering a drink of her special elixir to the Goddess of Fire, to make it start. It worked, only after a tonne of Fire Starter, and twenty minutes of work. She has taught me to be nice to the Gods, and they will treat you back in kind. We were safe with the fire. Rejoice.

We hiked along the trails of Ferry Island, and saw many interesting things. Plants of all sorts.

Like this yellow moss like plant growing under a Blue Berry Bush. It really stands out. But there were weirder plants the further out we got.

These freakish looking plants are called Ghost Plants (Indain Pipe Plants) because they have no pigment to convert the Sun’s into energy with, so they are translucent. They have flowers, but other than that, you would miss it (10 cm high), if you were not looking for them. We kept the location a secret because these are rare. So when you read this, quickly erase it from your memory, or Suzette will get you.

If you pick these plants, Suzette will find you. She sees you… be warned. If you pick the plant, it turns black. 

 

Week In Review for July 12 2020

Well lets get stared. the first thing I would like to write about is the success in my garden. Yes, I have a green thumb. I think this never came out because never being a land owner, I was never inspired to grow things. When you truly care for something, you look after it, nurture it, and so on. Well owning your own place is like that. having a place to grow tomatoes is part of that. I have six plants, and they are super healthy, yielding me lots of them.

Not only do have tomatoes, but strawberries too–these are ever barring plants too, so I have been getting a steady supple of them. 

Yesterday, while I was out in my little garden, the morning sun was interrupted by these huge dark clouds–no rain, just lots of wind. a good size storm, that would have caused hell if down in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The whole weekend was like this here in the skeena Valley.

Overall, not a horrifically bad weekend, but a low 5 out of 10 if I have to rate it. I was able to get out and enjoy it. The Skeena River is starting to drop it’s water level, so the flooding will not happen this year, but is was cooler than usual–thus the name Julyuary 2020. Still alive anyways.

Conquering Terrace Mountain.

We did it! We took the Terrace Mountain challenge, and we made it, walked the entire length of the trail, the circumference at the 600 Metre mark, without any help, on our own. It was growling at times, and we were happy the day was not 30C plus, we had some breezes to help us along the way, and keep the mosquitoes at bay. Suzette lead the way, I followed, so it was at her speed, and she walked hard. so 4 hours later, after almost 5 km of trail, the day ended. My legs a little sore, but in good condition. I would do it again! HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Terrace Mountain is not a hike to be taken lightly, it is very hilly, thus the mountain part. There are places where the ground is nothing but loose rocks, sharp ones at that, and tree roots were you can trip easily.  And you need to look out for bikers, these are mountain bike trails after all, with some trails in the system reserved for hikers. Along the trails are some awesome lookout rest areas were you can soak in the valley from the mountain’s top. 

And to my walking partner who really taught me a thing or two about the mountain, my very own Mountain Girl Suzette. She claims not to be bothered with aches of pains from the hike–she has legs of steel.

Then we rested while soaking in the view of Terrace itself. We saw this. There was this little pile of rocks at the view site. These little piles seem to be a signature of Terrace, becuase everywhere we go, we see these.

Tiny Tiny Terrace British Columbia, Canada, on Kalum Street.

Another awesome week of awesome weather! We saw 25C with no clouds, just lots and lots of Sunshine. It was like summer, in May. How nice is that? So I took the lovely Suzette out for a drive up at the Arena Hill, so watch the daily routine of Terrace, using my camera’s Effects.

Thise was a random shot of Kalum Street using the  Miniature effect from my Camera, a Sony A77v. Looks neat, Eh?

This next photo was me using a colour filter that only captures a primary colour, Yellow, while leaving the rest of the photo in Black and White. I like this effect.

The weekend was picture perfect, hope we have many more to come. In fact here is hoping that we have an awesome summer too, and this COVID-19 is fixed, and we can have our mass outings.

A short Drive to the Lake–The Back Road Way.

With the Pandemic in full swing, the Government has shut everything down: Parks, Trails, any Recreational sites. So we took the Long Way Around, to the lake.

The funny thing was, we were not the only ones with this awesome idea. We met a dozen people at the boat lunch, and countless more playing in the water. Two things were wrong here, First, it is April, and the kids were playing in the lake wearing their bathing suite? Second, I guess social Distancing has been thrown out as the Sun Worshipers, were in full swing, collecting the Rays on their bodies.  Of course we did not do any of that, staying on the shore, but we did enjoy the freakishly warm April weather too–just fully clothed.

Then we drove home, such a summer like day, nice to drive with the windows down. Then as we left the lake, and we went out out Old Remo, my old neighborhood. That was an awesome drive as well, the smell of spring everywhere. I love this time of year. I hope it last for a long time.

So, I guess if you ignore everything around you–it does not exist? Then ignorance is bliss? Stay clean from COVID-19.

Fake Deer on the Skeena River.

Me and Suz., did a short hike on the sand bar North of the Old Skeena River Bridge last weekend (March 21, 2020) It was the spring thing to do, her and I. WE came upon a fake deer that someone before us fashioned together with some wire and dead tree branches. It made me laugh.

There in the background you can see, the Copper Mountain. where I live more at the foot of it. The deer was unexpected. Someone had more time on their hands than we did, to put this together. This is as close to seeing a deer here, as you can get, since they are prone to getting lead Poisoning around here.

It is still cool out. Winter is not quite gone yet, though the days are longer. This we sort of my Spring Equinox hike I do every year. But with work, this weekend will have to do. The day was awesome, not a cloud in the sky. Suz., calls this “a Blue Bird Day,” as the sky is completely blue. I will go with that. Today, it is overcast, with lots of wind, about 20 to 30 K/hr. from the North. Which means cold, cold and more cold, even though it is Sunny out.

Unknown human foot print in the sand, It is cold, but someone could not wait for it to warm up. This is not Big Foot.

I got lots of photos, as we hiked for about an hour, playing in the sand. it was a good workout. Peace and stay clean from the CoVid-19.

Spring at Last!

We made it!

Spring at last, it a long and brutal winter here in the Pacific North West. It was cold with lots of snow. Glad to see it melting away. I was thinking how much 2019 sucked for me, but 2020 is a close contender, and the year is only three months old. With the plague upon us, what my work colleagues call it, this had been a crappy spring so far.

Also with yesterday, being the spring equinox, this means the days are now longer than the nights. Good news, after the times change, which I hope our government will abolish soon.  because changing time sucks. To celibate  the day, I bought a lawn chair, to help soak up the Sun with. The last few days here have been awesome with the sunshine.

Living up here, practicing the social distancing due to the COVID-19. Unreal how this is affecting our daily routines, now. With a spars population here in the North, it is not hard to keep away from people in general–it is natural to keep away from others.

Glad that I have my job, and I am still able to work through all of this. So I have some income, which for some who are laid-off because of the virus- I feel for you. I have somewhat guaranteed employment through all of this. Less stress, as I hear that people are having troubles with the Government’s promise of Mortgage de-furls, I never rely on Government, as they are lairs and people at the top want to keep the free money-and not hand it down.

Needless to say, the warmer weather is upon us now. Maybe I’ll get a chance to go out with my camera, and shoot landscapes shots of spring. Happy Spring Everyone, and stay healthy.

I Can See the Ground!

Yes, I can see the ground in my driveway. The snow is starting to melt, after the major dump from last month. The snow is completely melted from around where I park my car. I like to drive, backing into my driveway, so having two large snow banks on each side makes more of a challenge, especially for the passengers who are climbing in, as the ice still lingers beneath the foot path along side.

The days are getting longer, so this means spring is on it’s way. I can feel it. Right now it is plus 3C outside, and I can see the bright orb rising in the sky, which must be either the Americans, testing their bright lights in the space, or the Sun. There is hope that this season will end soon.  I could even predict that we will have a record breaking hot summer to make up for the extreme Arctic outflow winter we are currently having. Climate change is with us; it just means that we will get cooler, then everyone will want to move here–so buy your land while you can, because there is not much left to live on.