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. 

Minus 13 Does Feel Warmer Than Minus 21

Yesterday, it warmed up to a nice blissful minus 13, and I thought I must be nuts, for thinking that? It felt warm. when you break it down in pure Mathematical terms, minus 13 is warmer, but still in day to day terms, still way below freezing. Yes, it was that cold here in Thornhill, BC. When I was driving to work, I still saw people walking to their destinations, walking in the middle of the road because the local government does not conditioner sidewalks a priority. So, they walk in the middle of the roads where is had been cleared. So as a driver, you need to be on your toes, at 5:00am.

 

SO Friday morning rolls by, I’m on my way to work, The wind is just screaming in from the North, and I look at the temperature read out on my car’s dashboard: Minus 13C. And yes, it felt warmer, or I getting use to the cold. The day before Thornhill was reaching minus 23C for a daytime high, but the sky was super clear out. An Arctic High.

It has been that cold here for the last week, as the Arctic outflow weather systems roll on by. Plus we did get a huge dump of snow, nearly 60cm ( a week ago) before it. Today, we have a mini storm that is giving us a few CM of snow, but the Temperature reached minus 8C (damn tropical compared to minus 21C.)

 

First Winter Storm of 2020 in Thornhill, BC.

Well, it was just a matter of time of when it would come and pay us a visit. Mother Nature gave her Wrath and full fury, last night in the Skeena Valley with at least 30cm of powder snow, and wild wind. I sat helpless wondering if I was going to get home without getting stuck in the snow, in my car. Looking back, I did make it with little troubles. Except for the very last final 3 meters. when I saw that a 2 meter high snow bank had formed from the North wind. I got out the shovel and a way I went.

After the shoveling and being soaked from playing in the snow, I gave up and  went inside, giving up on all the things I had planned for the Friday night. This was going to be a stay-at-home night.

The weather prognosticators say that the second half of the storm will reach us tonight, giving us another 20cm of the white stuff, followed with more winds from the North. Oh goodie gum drops, something to look forward too.

UPDATE – JAN 6, 2020. The secdon half of the storm did dump upon us, but a mere 27cm. however, none of the roads in Lower Thornhill, BC were plowed. I guess we did not pay the Regional District enough tax money for this vital service?

I must to give credit to my car, and the snow tires I have on it. I own a 2014 Ford Focus, with Arctic Claws tires, and they work awesome in the this type of weather. I would be still getting home is it was not for those tires.

OK, back to shoveling and moving the white stuff.

Seeing 2020 In the New Year Now!

We stayed at home last night, listened to the fire works go off, and went to bed. That was it, nice and simple. Not too much excitement, just behaved ourselves.  It paid off, today, as we were ready to start the day running, and Holiday that has no religious connections Canada, just a good time to spend with family and friends. Now we can write little “’20s” on our work spaces and documents, better than the Old “’19s.” This is better for me at my work. So, Happy New Year everyone!

Recapping last year. It sucked. It was a rough year for me. Myered with health and work issues, it was not a happy year for me at all–glad it is behind me now. I seem to be all fixed now. Now it is just keeping me from getting broken again, like not having another heart attack–those are nasty.

Last night we sat my place, on the love seat, and binged watched Netflix, “The Witcher” (2019), Then, “The Gift (2019),” also on Netflix. At the stroke of midnight, Suzette put on some silly “2020” glasses, and and we took photos of ourselves, posing with “2020 Glasses”on,  she bough from the Dollar Store. It was fun.

Suzette will NOT do the Polar bear swim this year. She’ll watch, but not partake in it. I feel the same way too. I like being warm and snuggled with warmth. So, no swimming this year on the ice and snow.

Happy New Year, Everyone! Be good and safe, for the next twelve months.

My Man Cave

Yes, I’m officially moved in, unpacked, put-away, and cleaned up. I have my very own home with my Man Cave. It is awesome that I’m in my own home. Just me. It is a feeling that I have not experienced in so long, I miss the freedom. my own space. Now I have to deal with the needy Governments and leaches that want my money for their own. OH the joys. Hey if I’m going to pay you these taxes against my Will, then I better value for my bucks.

The first thing I did was install my own security system. The RCMP are far from perfect around here when it comes to Crime. B&E are common here as many are low income. But with good deterrence systems, they generally keep  away. Though I have seen some drive bys, where the potential thieves scope out homes to pillage.

But anyway, this morning was my first morning that get to appreciate my new home. I watched the Sun rise from my living room. I positioned my plants to get the maximum light from my West facing windows. so amazing to see. Then I started the unpacking process. and moved into my Man Cave. Computer, Ham Radio set, and Cooler (for pop of course). And I have a view of Thornhill Mountain from here. Today’s weather: Awesome! Sun, minus 4C, but awesome. Not a cloud in the sky.

I have a shed to store tools, and snow tires and useful Car junk. I have my own driveway witch I do not share. so no parking battles. and a small yard. with real grass. to live like a human being. Wow. Back in the Man Cave.

OK, I”M happy.