Friday Evening at the Lake: Sunset Included.

Not that I am complaining about the hot dry weather, but it is warm out, and I am getting a tan. With all this goodness, I do not want to be stuck at work, while all of this awesome weather is going on outside, knowing that soon, very soon, the rainy season will be upon us here in on the North Coast. It has been a great last couple of weeks, even knowing that it is still in the middle of May, and we have summer to reach yet. Oh yes, it is Friday, and we are at the start of a long weekend, Victoria Day, or May Day, depending on where you are. So some extra intensive to wanting to get out of work even faster to start the weekend. Spending time with Suz., was the highlight of the evening’s events. Unexpectedly, we went to the beach out at Lakelse Lake, just South of Terrace.

We went to Furlong Beach, now that the camp grounds and park area are open again after the long winter season. It was loaded with people, mainly young high school kids off on vacation, enjoying the super warm weather too. But for the nice weather, and wide open park, I kind of expected more people. The beach had many who were Sun Worshippers, basking out on the sand, then there were some who just walking around, and there were a few swimmers too, though I think the water is still to cold yet. The Sun was awesome, even Suz., sat quietly under its rays, collecting the energy from it. And of course, I could not resist the photo opportunity, while the Golden Hour of the day passed by, with my cameras.

As the Earth turned away from the Sun, leaving us in the dark once again, the people started moving out of the Beach area and back to the their camping areas for the evening. We stayed around for a short while, as the sky darkened. The air was still warm, and as a bonus, the mosquitoes were not out in full force biting yet. One last walk along the beach was in order.

With all the young adults, there was a police presence. Though we saw nothing out of the ordinary, it was nice to see them patrolling the area, keeping the law and order. I remember, as a younger person, this was the time of year to “let loose and be crazy” after being stuck inside all of the time during the winter months. I can imagine that has not changed for this generation, the Millennials.

The photos were taken at Lakelse Lake just at Sunset. I was using a 30mm MACRO Lens, set at f2.8, ISO100 with my Sony A77.

No Test Alert for Me

To be honest, I kind of figured the Network Test Alert would not work on my work’s Smart Phone, nor the Internet Radio I listen to. While some phones sprang to life at exactly 1:55pm this afternoon, many did not at my work. Some said even the local FM Radio gave off the alert sound–I do not listen to off-air radio. However, I did hear it on other phones around me, but thought what if I am all alone, and the impending alert was broadcast, then what–follow the crowds, if I see them running all in one direction?

Strangely, and even more worrisome, some Smart Phone users around me had their phones go off some fifteen minutes later, and one co-worker said that he got the Alert’s text message, but no alarm sound. So the alarm was not constant throughout the local population. I see now that it is based on what type of phone you have, and whether your software can handle the carrior’s Apps for the alert.

Just add to this, my work’s phone is on the Telus Network, and so was everyone around me at my work. One would assume that we would all get the alert at the same time. This alert system appears to be ridden with bugs and very glitchy over different types of phone.

The test alert was scheduled for all of British Columbia, today, at 1:55pm. I knew about the test for today long in advance, some weeks ago. I even placed my Smart Phone on my desk, and cranked the volume up, just to make sure I would hear it. Other were near by too, so I heard their phones going off, but mine lay in silence.

What is humbling, is in the event of a real British Columbia wide Alert, or something local, I would not know it, if I was alone. Say, for instance, I was out hiking, or in some place remote, I would never know. So this made me think what else I could do, or change, that would include me in with those who would be notified? Right now, not much. Even the App’s software I installed, did not work. So I believe that our Governments still have some wrinkles to iron out, and bugs to squish, on this matter.

Getting Warmer!

I just had to type this and tell the world. It is breezy now that I have the windows opened to let in the air. In fact, this is the first time that it is warmer outside than it is inside after I got home from work. This has never happened before this year, and I hope to have more spring days like that ahead. Even when I went to work this morning, I took my camera to photograph the landscape around Terrace, BC, just becuase today, like the weekend, is almost like summer. This far North, and I am liking this!

This morning there were high clouds, but that did not deter the Sun from pouring over the mountains once my side of the Earth faced it. It got warm fast, as the sunlight blasted its way onto the parking lot, and I wanted to open the doors to let it in, but it was against company policy to do that, so I watch all from the window. The above image was taken around 6:30am this morning–nice eh?

This is what the temperature was when I got home. I have turned off the heat, and closed all the windows before I left for work, but it was still 20C inside. I laughed when I noticed that it was a raging 23C outside, and it felt cooler inside. I thought, “so this is the turning point here in Thornhill (sic British Columbia)… for great weather.” I hope to have more days like this. Reminds of the Lower Mainland, but with much prettier mountains.

Yay, It’s May!

Well, the first day of May is here, and with it, not too shabby of a day. It is sunny, warm and hardly any clouds to worry about. In all, the makings of a great day. Though rumour has it, we are going to get overcast, and some possible sprinkles are expected. Right now, I am just happy that it is May. I am so looking froward to the warmer days ahead.

I was looking at the weeds outside at my work, and noticed that the dandelions were out in fool bloom, while the flowers in the planters were just sprouting. Funny how the weeds do great, while the flowers you plant suffer. Maybe we got it all wrong, and we should be growing those weeds instead. Anyway, the trees have leaves on them, and the grass is green, what more could you ask for!

The Sun is beaming over the mountains now as I drive into work in the mornings. I keep forgetting that the days are a lot longer here than they are in the Lower Mainland. Here, on the North Coast, it is one extreme to the next; either lots of day light, or just dark. Here, during summer, you can see outside all day, as the sky never turns dark. Now that is a summer.

Yay, it is May!

The “Meh” Moment

Yes, I am having a “Meh” moment, but in a good way. I was sitting back in my comfy-cozy chair wondering about what I am going to do for the next ten days, when it finally dawned on me that I am in “Vacation” mode from my work. I will not have to get up on Monday morning at the melodious sound of my alarm clock going off, waking me into oblivion, as my muscle memory instincts propel me out of bed, and off to my place of employment–all while still in deep sleep. Actually, it will be the lack of routine that will disrupt me the most, come to think of it. Added to that, it costs so much in Canada to go on a “real” style vacation, the kind where you leave for a tropical paradise, and drink from a coconut with hallucinogenic properties in it. So, thus born the poor-person’s “Staycation” where you simply do day trips, or stay at home to either save money for the mortgage, or you have no where to go because you have no money to travel with. I am sort of in between these two extremes, as far as money goes.

So I figure, this “time off” from work will be a kind of a hybrid of “time off,” when I will do a little of both: travel, and stay at home. No doubt I will spend some money, but not locally. In fact, I have no plans on making any huge purchases. I would rather save my money for that rainy day that might greet us here in Thornhill, BC. That was a joke, by the way. There is that dilemma of a lack of services that directly manipulates the “cost of living” in a very small community becuase you are fairly isolated from the rest of civilization. Thankfully, we have the Internet, and with it E-Commerce, to help us through this situation.

This is tire changing season up here in the North Coast, so I need a set of summer tires, now that the winter like season is over. This is a double edged sword that most people of the North have to obey if you need to drive on the highways–it is the Law of the land to switch from one type of tire of another based on the changing season. Sure, if I live in town, a set of All-Seasons Tires would do, but you do it at your own risk. You could even do the “Lower Mainland” life style and just drive with summer tires on, if you live and commute in just the town limits, but that would just plane stupid, and silly with forty centimeters of snow on the ground. And oddly enough, I was hard pressed to discover that I could NOT find any Summer type tires around, this after going to four tire shops and inquiring. So when in a market where Laws determine what you can and cannot have, expect a level of gouging from one region to another. All you have to do is go on the Internet to price shop to see this. So, not summer tires are available, just all seasons and winters. I just heard a cash ring somewhere out in the Great White North. LOL

Back to my “Meh” moment. I am fortunate to have a partner to be with. Most probably, and ultimately, this is highest level of gratitude one could ever have while living on this planet Earth. To have a friend to share this time with at the most finite level, is truly the highest point-of-being we humans may ever have. And to go even further, life no longer lingers at the level of “boring,” but becomes exciting, with new discoveries, and enlightenment, emerge from where once ashes were piled. Perhaps one of the greatest lessons learned from all of this, is to share, and by that I mean, every dimension of your life: space, time, concepts and one-another. There is peace to all of this; where uncertainty and chaos abound, calm and passiveness now exist; no longer challenging it all, but accepting everything as it is. Where Kingdoms and Religions lay claim to this, they only distort, and diminish it, while they pale by its power. Where tragedy and comity are separate on stage, in real life this friendship encompasses it all as a whole. The mountains, trees and lakes, never looked so great when sharing that view with another. In a nutshell, this is truly awesome. So this is what ascension in life feels like.

Now time to start my day. I have no idea what is on a agenda, per se. I do know, I would like to have some ice cream at the Chill, our local ice-cream parlor. The root-beer float flavour seems to tickle my taste-spuds at this very moment. I will put in a request for that as part of our itinerary for today. Other than that, the great tire hunt for my vehicle. Yay, vacation-here we come.

Little Storm Passing Over Town As We Travel Home

This was the last leg of our day trip. This shot was taken while going over the Sande Overpass in Terrace, BC, looking West. I was the passenger–not driving–while I took the shot. What you are looking at here is a small hail storm that was just leaving town, heading West, the direction we just came from. As we traveled through it, we only got maybe a one kilometer stretch of storm, then it was over, as it moved westward. So, it was a good end for a super sunny weekend. After the storm passed, it cleared up again, so all was good.

We never stuck around for the sunset, becuase we had dinner, then I needed to get to bed for an early start tomorrow, but I am sure it was awesome. The rain stopped, and by the time I got home, the Sun was out again. It was then I realized just how long the days are here up North–it is still light out by 9:00pm! Crazy! You do not like the weather now, then just wait five minutes, it will change.

 

Kick’n Back On A Friday

Regardless if it is Friday the Thirteenth today, it is, and I am happy that it is just Friday, the end of the work week, and I am ready to start my weekend with full anticipation of a great couple of days ahead. The week past was just as typical as the week before, with a few hick-ups that caused some excitement, but for the most part, I would call it a routine and typical one. Work was good as well, with about the same status as my private time, the same amount of excitement, but that quickly went into the “normal” class of “typical,” on the scale of “normal.” But the past week did have a moment of discovery. 

Going through my year end taxes, that evil part when the Government asks you to calculate all the money that says you owe it, and to make sure it balances out, I discovered an “investment” error from my former employer’s RRPS company that handles its “extended benefits” for us employees. The mistake came in the form of how much it took from my income as its allotted amount that is says it took for my long term “investments.” Sure, for most of you, 0.4 per-cent does not sound like a lot, but in the business of Corporations who are nickle and dimming their consumers, this is a billion dollar money machine game they play. As for my former Employer, I am sure they are in on it too. As far as my Government is concerned, who cares, it is not their money–I over paid. I phoned them on Thursday, only to be railroaded with long waits on hold, and the endless run around from the human voices on the other end.  Am I ashamed–yes–I am sorry I worked for these people now–they are lairs.

On a happier note, I got to see a natural spring, right near where I work, in an area where you would never suspect to see one.  I swore to the secret location, never to reveal it because it is on private property, and the owner says that the City has no ideas it is here. But it was amazing to watch it, as the water gurgled away into a little pond. The property owner says the water runs all year around, and never freezes completely in winter. This place, the Skeena Valley, is a geological treasure trove. It is unreal what lurks below our feet. To bad it was not a hot spring–free and natural hot tub! 

The main intersection of Highway 16, and Highway 37 saw some changes that people took notice this weekend. They are starting to clear out the trees along the main road and the Old highway, to make way for the “Round-about” being built for 2019. I asked one the Construction guys that works where I work, why cut the tree now? He said that it is due to clearing them with no nesting birds in the trees. They cannot cut down trees with nesting birds on them. So now is the time to do that. As a side effect of all these trees being cut down, are the people who scooped in to collect the wood for firewood for themselves. Apparently, no one was allowed to touch that wood, as that area is an active construction zone. Perhaps when people who live in Terrace see free useful items, everyone lays claim to it regardless of the legal issues–firewood being one of those. Anyway, enjoy the free firewood.

The weather is slowly becoming like what spring weather should be. This morning I did have ice on my windshield, so the nights are cool, but the days are getting nicer. I suspect that this weekend will have an ice-cream stop in it too, like last week. Wearing shorts, is back too–a good sign that winter is long-gone. Overall, I think during my holidays, I will swap my winter tires over to summer’s. Sigh.

Well, time to do some real work now. Happy Friday the Thirteenth everyone—err TGIF, I mean! LOL

The End of a Great Week, End.

I dare say that spring has sort of sprung, albeit the weather is still on cool side. The year’s accumulation of snow is melting fast, as our temperatures climb higher. Rain is in nextweek’s forecast, so will accelerate the melting of the snow. For example, to hit 15C in down town Terrace, BC, and we had high clouds with periods of Sun light poking through. So getting out was on everyone’s mind, and with that, the country side was loaded with people as they ventured around. 

So last week was a busy one, as it was a short week for most, I worked the holiday, as my employer does not recognize a few of religious holidays. Once Friday rolled by, it was sweet pure relief to start this weekend. Last we were getting periods of snow, this week appears to be the warm up. However, since this is the North Coast, once there is full on spring, there is full on rain, what I call the deluge season. Once the rain starts, then spring has kicked in, and behind that the torrents of mosquitoes. But enough of all this bad news, lets talk about the a good stuff…

Saturday was the 2018 North West Wellness Expo Workshops, where Suzette helped here friends out at the “Peace Infusion” booth. This year, it was held up at the Terrace Sportsplex Arena, where there were fifty other society’s, groups and businesses set up. Suzette loved it. While she stayed at the booth, I watched a moving on meditation, which was about an hour long. It was good. And I think Suzette had a great time at the booth too. I have a great photo of her there, but I want to get her permission before I post it here.

Today, (Sunday) was more of a casual day for us. We did not meet up until 2:00pm, as we both had our morning chores to do. One time on today’s agenda was a strip to the Ice cream Building. Not sure what the name of the company that operates it, but it sure was nice to have a slew of awesome flavours on a waffle cone, on a nice 15C afternoon. We did a bit of shopping to. Suzette bought some more seeds at Canadian Tire like potatoes, onions, more flowers and we hit the Dollar Store too.

Looking forward to the news week, and spring. I have holidays soon, so looking at deciding what to do with the time off from work. I have plans, but nothing scribed in stone yet.

Stuff On the Skeena River

So after the shock of seeing the snow on the ground, the Sun came out and melted it all back to its liquid state, leaving us with an awesome day to spend as we wished. We went on a hike over at the Old Skeena Bridge, but on this hike, we went under it in stead. The goal was to see if we could find a way to get to the Northern sandbars, but from years of shifting sands from the river, the old routes were washed away. We opted instead to just stick around the base of the river, checking out the rocks, water and anything else we might find. There were even other’s doing the same walks too.

With the river so low this time of year, I saw more “pot holes” carved away from the water than what I normally see. I could walk right up to the main part of the river under the bridge, which is normally not done from the high water. It was quite awesome to see the carved granite at this level; I figure I saw about twenty more carved holes in the newly exposed rock.

The Sun was poking its way through the clouds enough that it balanced out the Northern wind which seemed to cut through you when it gust over 10k/hr. There was a fare breeze, but with the good fleece jacket on, hiking was was great. Could not argue that the day was not a good one for March–spring is on its way. We trek on wards.

We just happened to noticed this Surveyor’s Marker drilled into the rock on the South side of the bridge. It appears to be made of brass, and although beaten by rocks from years of floods, we could make out some of the markings on it. We must have walked over this many times with out noticing it. The Sun was hitting it the right way when I seen it. I took several shot with my macro lens so we could see if we learn more by blowing the image up later on. Here is what we found so far.

We know it is a Survey Marker commissioned by British Columbia with the year “1960” stamped on it. It has an image of a crown, and possibly the cardinal points of a compass showing North. It could also be a coordinate marker too, but the centre of it is badly damaged. The numbers “87,” along with “IEBAL,” and “E(V)ALT(K) and “RES” are also stamped on it. I have sent the larger images to some people that might know who and what this is for. Another mystery to solve–yay!

Anyway, the brass marker is about ten metres South of the bridge on the rock bluff where the pines trees are growing. Like I said, we must have walked over this many times before we actually seen it. Thus year it is exposed on the bare rock, but still hard to find.

As the day wound up, we have yet one more task to do before we called finished–it is movie night. Going to see Tomb Raider (2018) at the cinemas.

What The….. Snow in Late March?

On the calendar it says spring, but up here in the Great White North, winter still has its grip on daily life, and this morning when I awoke to look outside, this is what I saw. Snow, and a bit of it that came down last night. I guess it got cold enough that the snow flakes stuck and stayed on everything. I was hoping that I would see any snow on the ground at this elevation until next fall season.

I keep forgetting that we here in Thornhill, BC only have two seasons: winter and (springish) summer. The springish part is the rainy season which take up about three-quarters of the summer portion of the year. Anyway, after so much of my life down in the Southern parts of Canada, seeing this at the end of March was a little bit of a shock. But then I have to remember, I am only a short drive from the Alaskan, U.S. Border–cold is a fact here.

Hovering at 4C, the day quickly changed over to being nice, with sunshine. Me and Suzette will probably go out hiking later today. We have plans to see the new Tomb Raider movie tonight, as it opens at the Cinema–should be a good night out. I am hoping that this is the last time we will see the snow this far down in the valley–again–this year!