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. 

 

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.

Exercise On the Howe Creek Trail in Terrace, BC

Me and Suzette went on our epic hike on the Howe Creek Trail in Terrace, BC. We seen everything from a North Coast Brown Squirrel, to a couple of ducks, a Male Lady Bug Rock, a Ghost Rock, and Bee Rock, and the allusive wood carvings of Bald Headed Eagles, Nesting. With the exception of needing to pee towards the end of the journey, it was a good hike, or walk. Lots of other hikers were on the trail too becuase it is so close to town, and is very well maintained.

This is the Ghost Rock I was telling you about. Cute isn’t he, or her. The little rock was hard to miss, as it was painted bright white.

There was lots of Colour on the trail too, looking at this rock. It looks like oil Paint that is fresh, We never touched it (that COVID-19 Thing). We left it for all to enjoy on their hike on the trail.

And then there is this little guy, The Male Lady Bug Rock, I know becuase Suzette Checked. This one must be a cousin to the Kalum River Lady Bug we saw last summer, just a little smaller.

And the reason why we took the trail today, was…….

The birds, are sitting on a Nest made by the carver, there is a mother eagle and her baby, a Father eagle (bottom), and the a mom has a fish as she is just landing to feed here little one. We did not catch this until we were on our way back to the car, as we took a different trail for our hike. If you are not looking up, you will miss it. The Sun was setting, and we were losing light fast, so the photos were “Meh” of it.

Then there was this cute little guy, the Candy Rock, which I love the smile.

O Kay, One more Rock, I promis.

Ta-Dah, the “Bee Rock”, which was found very close to the Park Side School, Downtown Terrace, BC, Yet on the Howe Creek Trail. Suzette claims that the text on the rock is a quote from the Christian Bible. I will take her word for it.

It was a very windy day, so when we got to Christy Park, It was not surprising to some Kite Flyers.

Just to show you the blue sky over Terrace, yes there is a kite in the sky. The day was warm and windy, a good day for a hike.

Canada Day Parade in Kitimat, BC

Yes, I am a little late, on posting this. This is all because the add-on I use for posting images in broken, and the author had not fixed it, I finally got around to fixing their code, which is broke only becuase they want you to buy their Pro package for $300.00, which is not going to happen. So, I hacked it to shreds, and got it work half ass like. So here is a slide show of 40 or so images from that day, back in July 1, 2019. 

Sadly the gallery is broken too, so there is no use pinking it to that page. Perhaps some day it will get fixed, but I highly doubt it, that will be soon. Enjoy.

Happy Canada Day! 2019

We spent it out in Kitimat, BC. As they host the Canada Day Parade here in the North West. It was not bad, the parade. Every one seemed happy. Lots of red and white, and good weather too. I actually got a little bit of a Suntan having to get my old baseball cap because I was getting a headache from the heat.  It might have been hazy, but the high clouds kept the heat in, making it deceptively warm out.

The important thing that the kids had their fun. Though there could have been more squirt guns, from the parade floats. Only the mayor of Kitimat, had a high volatility squirt gun. I guess he did not want to squirt people with cameras, thinking that he would damaged them, well, mine is water proof, so a good soaking would have been nice. 

To the commentator who said life on my weblog is boring. I say to him, “then you need to get a life too buddy!” If you have nothing nice to say, then #$%$ off. and look at some other web site, like USA Today, or something.

But anyway, Happy Canada Day Everyone! Enjoy the holiday.

Sorry, the Photo Album is broken. Yup, NETGEN Photos is screwed up, they want us to buy their pro version.

We Made it: Summertime Season Has Started 2019!

It was a long six months of cold, and rain, plus the snow, but we have come full circle in time to reach this day, and the Skeena Valley is exploding with festivities and summer time life as the longest day of the year is upon us. The city of Terrace had a free breakfast/lunch, which was free. and today, we are heading out to the theatre for a free movie, also sponsored by the city of Terrace, BC. We are probably going to see (Men In Black 2019) as we are Si-Fi fans, instead of (Toy Story 4). So Happy Solstice, and all the goodness that goes with it.  The only down side to today is, that after today, the days get shorter again.

UPDATE:

This image, to me signify the start to the summer season, in Mm Humble Opinion, as this one, I took today at the Lake, just moments after a good down Pour of Rain, from a fast moving storm that reached the Lake and lasted only a few hours. This is Suz, conducting the clouds to move away from the lake and head over to Prince Rupert, and rain their. It worked, as she worked her magic, and conjured up the powers of nature and other mystical forces. You can see the clouds scattering away on the horizon in this shot over to Prince Rupert, BC.

OK, we were having some fun taking cool photos, but The day turned out awesome.

Yay, it is summer now, and let the party rip away for the next four months! We saw Men IN Black 2019, for free at the Tillicum Twin Theartre. It was awesome, and a bit of the Farmer’s Market before it closed for the day. Then we drove out to Shames Mountain, the Ski Hill, and took a bunch of photos. Then off to Kitimat, BC to see the Ocean. It was a packed day. We drove all over the place. We even went to the Art Galley in the Terrace Library, and seen some really awesome paintings. I have taken so many shots but have so little time to post.

The Face of the Copper Mountain

When I was in grade six, my teacher told the class that the Copper Mountain got its rocky steep cliff from the glaciers about 10,000 years ago. As the ice moved down the Skeena Valley, it carved the steep cliff we see today, Well he was wrong according to the latest research that I have seen. In fact, the face of the Copper Mountain is the result of fault lines that run along each side of the valley. Picture the valley floor being pushed down and the mountains being pushed upwards. (Geo Tour 2007-10, 4) Yes I source my Blog Posts. SO, what we are seeing, is the Fault that exposes the mountain, and the valley floor, from when the ICE age took place. Not like the story I heard from the local Theologian, who said “Copper Mountain is the result of when God sneezed and blew a Loogie (sic) in the North Coast, that became the Copper Mountain. Not quite. But in all honestly, this mountain always gives a sense of awe a little imagination is needed when  looking at the rock formations while in Upper Thornhill, BC. by the Golf Course.

Yes, today is the long weekend, May, 20, 2019. The unofficial start to summer, and it is like summer indeed outside as the forest fire rating is set to moderate, between the Low, and High range.

OK, back to Copper Mountain. Looking at the cliffs, you see many rock formations, and the way the granite rock fractures when it was trusted upwards. See my images.

 

The granite Volcanic rock is between 200 and 60 million years old (GeoTour 2007-10, 9). and was sea floor, which explains why you can find sea-fossils in the rocks at the North end of the Mountain. When I get a access to a truck, I may drive out to the fossil beds and photograph a 60 million year old sea shells.

Another tid-bit of information about the Skeena Valley. And I found these as kid in my back yard at my parents house, are limestone fossils. Somewhere I have a chunk of limestone with sea shells in it. According to this paper, the paper these are fossils over 270 million years old (Geo-tour 2007-10, 7). These are some of the oldest fossils in the world, and they predate the time of the dinosaurs. What is even more weird, is that they formed while this part of the content was down around the Mexico area!

OK, here is the link to the paper I read.  I got the link working, it was a Word Press issue with the Php and my host.

Bilbo

 
http://cmscontent.nrs.gov.bc.ca/geoscience/PublicationCatalogue/GeoFile/BCGS_GF2007-10.pdf

The Vacation to PG and Back Home in Four Days

We Went on a four day drive to Prince George, BC, to do some shopping that you cannot do here, and to get a change of scenery too. It was awesome. The weather was great, though a little cool a nights in PG, but the days were warm and sunny. We did good as far as the weather goes. It was worth the trip.

The PG man at the Junction of the HWY 16 and 97 where the Fraser and the Nechakco Rivers meet. It was weird to find out the PG man was made of steel instead of wood, but if your want it last, you build it out of steel.

We took these images around 7:30PM Last Tuesday. You can see how great a day it was there.

We seen a moose on the loose, near  the Hart Hwy North of the PG, and some deer heading back to the Skeena Valley,

These deer were near Toply, BC. munching away on the roadside grass.

Oh yah, while we were in PG, we went to the Museum and saw dinosaur bones on display. It was pretty cool to see that. The place w as loaded with kids, as the tour was kid friendly, very noisy. But a cool place to see, I highly recommend  it.

What was weird about this dinosaurs on display was how small his head was compared to the rest of him. I think these guys lived in the water, and ate grass. He was from Alberta, and stood nearly 10 meters tall! A pain in the neck would be an under statement.

On the way back, seeing the downward side of Hungary Hill.

A long hill indeed.

What is noticeable are how few mountains there are in Price George, BC and back along the way to Terrace, BC. You don not really see them until you enter the Bulky Valley (Smithers, BC).

Seeing Hutsunbay Mountain near Smithers, BC is the first real mountain you see before would hit the Coastal Mountains. You see more or less rolling hills for the longest of time, thinking that you are in the flat lands. it makes the roads more manageable.

Good bye PG, it was awesome bring their for all the shopping the nice Hotel we staid at and the wonderful restaurants we ate at too. It was all good. Back home the rain has come back, so it is grey and wet outside. We need this weather badly, as the river is low and the forest are dry. I give this vacation a B+.

Pretty Lights In the Snow: A New Years Day Walk

It was like magic; the pretty lights in the snow along the Terrace Grand Trunk Pathway that stretches beside The Yellow Head Highway 16. I waited for the right time to walk this, to take photos of the LED coloured lights along the path. Of course, it had to be dark out, and not foggy, and above all else, it needed to be a non-work day the next morning. So, New Years day, was the perfect choice. So me and Suz headed down the path, snapping photos as we went.

What was neat about some of the lights, was that they were half buried in the snow–adding for that extra light effect. The above shot was one of my favourites. The other weird thing about shooting LED lights with a digital camera was that you can see the lights fade in and then out again. The light oscillates from bright to dim, and back again.

As for the path, it was icy, so you had to watch your step. At one point, I found it was better to walk off the path, than on it. Of course, I have water proof runners on, which did not help the grip on ice problems I was having.

The weather was even weird too. It was 7C at my place overnight, and tonight, it was hovering around 3C. It was actually raining out when walked the path, and snow was melting at a good rate. The roads were perfect to drive on throughout the Skeena Valley, both in Terrace and in Thornhill, BC.

I sort of screwed up when I took these shots. Normally, I set the ISO to 100, and adjust my shutter speeds accordingly. But this time, I had the ISO to “Auto,” and the camera left the shutter speed a 1/125 per sec., and adjusted the ISO for me. In most cases I hate images with lots of noise from the high ISO values, but I did some good shots from tonight, so I will keep them.

I hope you enjoy the light show. Have a great New Year!

HAPPY 2019!

As we leave 2018 in the dust bin, and move into 2019, one thing was apparent: this year’s celebrations were quiet around the neighbourhood. Me and Suz., did not really hear any fireworks, or party noises at the stroke of midnight. But then again, we spent New Years at my place, so my neighbours are a in a different class economically, fireworks are a luxury only some can afford. In all, a quiet night, but one that I was happy not to go into work today.

Yes, Netflix. I have to talk about Netflix. Me and Suz., watched and episode that just came out from the Black Mirror series called “Bandersnatch,” last night.  We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we started watching it. On the trailer, it says, run time “one hour and thirty minutes.” When we get passed the two hour mark, we started to wonder. Oh yes, we never at that point made any interactive choices during the movie until that point. In other words, we let the story move through its unassisted story line. Enough said–I will stop here. No spoilers here. The caveat here is, you have to watch it either on a smart TV, or on a Roku device, like what I have becuase you get to make choices. The show has multiple endings, and can last up to five hours.

New Years Resolution? None.

Reflections: None.

Hopes and aspirations for 2019: Nope.

However, I am looking for to 2020, when we theoretically can see better.

So, Happy New Years, and enjoy the day off today. I sure am.