Row Row Row Your Boat…

Need I say more, on Rowing. ME and Suz., took a trip out to Kalum Lake, to visit the gravel pit across from the Red Sands Lake Park and camp grounds  this might be the spot? While we were there looking around we say some Kayakers on the River, it was an awesome day out, no rain, very warm for North Coast standards. SO I got the photos.

You see what I mean. an almost perfect day for everyone, who dare. This summer I want to do this, head out on to the lake, and Kayak. This looks like so much fun. The water here is perfect for this.

And if you hate paddling then there is always this way, with a power boat. knowone could catch you with a paddle and boat.

These guy seen on shore, so they waved, we waved back, after all we are all friends here, right! Well, It was nice out for a walk along alone the shore, in the white (or Red Sand) sand.it wasso just nice.

The sights along the valley were incredible to see. We could see this mountain from the river. an awesome sight indeed.

Not long afterwords we have the river to ourselves. back to peace and quiet. then we home after we explored some more. sadly the weekend was over. back to the grind, and workweek.

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+.

Sunny Weather

To describe the last few weeks here on the North Coast of British Columbia, is to say, Nothing but sunshine, and a awesome start to the spring season. The weather has being nothing short of awesome. So, it had been t-shirt and suntan for the last few weeks. Though it will all end this Thursday, when our normal weather kicks in, clouds and rain. but the up side is, we need the rain. It is far too dry around here. However, with all this goodness, come forest fire warnings for the deep summer season, which means everyone is working hard to catch up from winter. Which leads into my work as I am on day ten becuase I worked last weekend. Sleep is hard to catch-up on, thought the pay is nice, but sleep is hard to get now that the days are getting longer and longer, and up here in the North, the Sun stays up longer as we get closer to summer. Even at 5am, I can see the morning dawn lights over the horizon.

All I do now is work. Not a happy mixture of when you want to play outside in the sun. The spring projects are in full swing now, and I’m in the race, as the Round-About at HWY 16 and 37 for way stop need to be completed. The local community will love that. No one here has seen a round-about, this should be interesting.

Tomorrow I go and ask my Bank for a personal load to buy a small home in Terrace. I think I have my bases covered for this. I got the job, with great pay, and a down payment, but the deal might be closed faster than My Bank will say yes, as housing in Terrace, BC, is in the super hot market. Wish me luck tomorrow.  It is a trailer that I am about to buy, a cheap one, that should get me out of the compartment I’m in now in Thornhill, BC. I will be very close to my work and right in town. Fingers crossed.

Well, time for bed. See you all tomorrow, hopefully with awesome news as I start the move. Nest week I take a week off from a short vacation time. Might go to Prince George, BC. and sleep.

Home: Nice to have the Car Parked at the Airport.

Made it home, great flight, 7:00pm and nice to just drive home without having ti wait for someone. There is no great advantage of going to, and leaving from an airport, then to drive up to it, and then away from it, at your own free will. It is just an awesome feeling. And that is what I did. I stepped off from the plane, walked through the departure area, straight outside, and drove away. Terrace, BC, yes; Vancouver, BC, no. I could not have done this in Vancouver with out just as much hassles as waiting for a Taxi. I would still be there–waiting. Anyway, I drove right to Suz’s house, and we had dinner.

During the flight, there were no could in the sky. Along the horizon, all I could see was a band of deep red, stretched along the ocean. It was pretty much pitch black out, halfway through the flight, but the weather was identical to Vancouver’s, except the temperature, which was cooler by a degree or two. It was awesome to see a sunset like that from twenty-thousand feet in above the Earth.

Sadly, I sat in by the isle, so there was no point in bringing out the camera. I think the fellow sitting in the window seat would not of approved a 300mm lens stuck in front of him. This image I will have to keep in my memories.

Oh, This is East Surrey, BC, Not Cloverdale.

If you really want to have some fun with people who call Surrey, BC home, just tell them they live in Surrey, not Cloverdale, or Newton, and so on. Anyway, I should not pick on these people, as most of them are fine folks, just like the rest of us. So, here I am, standing at the corner of 176 Street (aka Hwy 15, or Pacific Hwy) and 64th Avenue, in what is known as East Surrey, or more commonly know as, Cloverdale–looking South West at my hotel. It is weird standing here, looking at the traffic, knowing  that just a mere few hours ago, I was standing in Terrace, BC, seeing the same thing, but with no traffic. The sunset was awesome however–a worthy photo.

The flight in from Terrace, BC, was eventful–in that it was noisy. Among the aircraft’s noise, nestled inside the cabin were at least eight very young kids, with their parents of course. As the we ascended into the air,  and the air pressure thinned, their tiny eardrums were causing much pain. As we leveled out, the chorus of at least three screaming voices in unison called out, to stop the air from pushing out their ears, although they could not speak, the cries were deafening to the point. One child, did this throughout the trip. It sounded like a torture chamber inside. The poor kid.

As I got into the YVR terminal, and out to Departures, my ride was at little late, but I waited only a few minutes. We drove into the Surrey, making it in good time, for the Lower Mainland standards, and I got to my employer’s head office. From there I booked into my hotel, and then I went off in search of a place to have a meal. This is when I took the photo, above.

I headed off to bed early, knowing that tomorrow was going to be action-packed, full of training, and meeting people, kind of day. Good-night!

Flying Away – A Very Short Migratory Trip

A fully sponsored, work related, trip to the Lower Mainland for some training is in order, for me. I am going back, albeit for only twenty-seven hours, it will like a life time, as I see the old neighbourhood again. I can only predict what it will be like, but I am sure it will be the same place I left only fifteen month ago. I am looking forward to the trailing, but not to going back.

Let us just say that I have grown accustom to the clean air, little to no traffic, and the sound of nothing, except maybe the odd truck or two here in Thornhill, BC. The Shock of going back, to Surrey, BC, might be too much for my body. It has grown soft with living with less pollution and stress. Oh, and I am sure the water is going to taste the same too.

I guess I will be leaving on Tuesday morning, and then coming back the next night.

The Photo: A bird’s nest in a tree at the North West end of George Little Park in Terrace, BC on December 1st, 2018.

The 2018 Bulkley Valley Fall Fair: We Make It!

We left Thornhill, BC around 9:30am, already an half hour late. But Suz, made good time on the highway, and she never speeds–never–which is a great thing. We stopped off at the Kayak store, looked around, then headed for an early brunch at a Mexican Restaurant in Smithers, then off to the Fall Fair. We saw a lot of stuff, and did not see a lot of events that we wanted to do, only becuase we got into town so late. When we got back to Thornhill, it was well after midnight. An awesome time, and my butt feels it from all the driving.

We like trying new things. There is no sense going to a distant town, doing the same old thing you did the year before. So when we got into Smithers, BC, we changed it up a bit. Our first stop was the Kayak Shop. ( I am not going to list their name here just yet.) We are thinking, still, about getting kayaks. A friend suggested that we check this store first before we buy becuase they are more pro sports than any other store on the North Coast. Yes, they did have a lot of inventory, but their prices were a little on the high side. I guess if you want good stuff, you pay for it. They did not have cheap stuff. Anyway, we have a better idea of what we should get moving forward. It was worth the stop, looking around for ideas.

We had some yummy food over at the “The Trackside Cantina,” right in Smithers BC for our brunch. The food was awesome. An Awesome place for when you are in the mood for Mexican!

We got to the fair grounds around 1:00pm, which is unusually late for us. But we got a great parking spot, very close to the second gate, which had hardly any line-up to get in. And, as we figured out at the end of the day, was very close to where we sat for the Rodeo! That alone, made the day there awesome!

We hit the Arts and Crafts displays first. There were the usual stuff to see, but some of the entries did stick out for me. Like this exhibit, which looks to me like a close rendition of the “Stranger Things 2” monster from Netflix – in my humble opinion. Well, you judge for yourself.

Then onto the equestrian events. There is nothing more awesome than seeing Man at one with the animals, but seeing women with their horses, taking it to the next level. I forgot what this event is called, maybe Suz can refresh my mind, but these women, with their horses, we awesome as they did this  obstacle course.  And every rider had issues with different parts, making this exciting to watch. Some horses hated the water, while they blasted through the rest of the course, and others could not do the balancing box, yet had no troubles going through the water. It was fun to watch.

After we did some more exploring, we got to our seats over at the Rodeo. We made sure we got good seats this time, compared to the ones we had last year. We were too close to the fence last time, so I could not get any good shots with the camera. This time–it was awesome! I got so many awesome shots, it will take me days before I pick out the good ones. So here are a couple of random shots I picked:

Yes, way better shots this year! Not having a fence on the road, is awesome! Lots of action shots, using my 28 to 300mm Telephoto lens, in Aperture Priority Mode, with the ISO set to Auto, on my Sony A77. The clouds were thick making it overcast this year, so my light metre was all over the place, so having the ISO set to auto, between 100 to 28,000, made the difference.

Like I said, I had so many great shots to pick from, I could have spent the whole night just going through them all tonight. I think I took aver 800 shots of just the Rodeo time alone. I will have time later on this week to go through them all–yes, that time issue–not enough of it.

Needless to say, we got home super late. In all, we had a great time. I would do this again. Now, time for some rest. I will correct my grammar and spelling tomorrow.

Night Out at Redsands Lake!

With the meteor showers peaking this weekend, I thought this would be a good time to try one last time to try and photograph the night sky–again. Suzette was cool about going back to Redsands Lake for the evening, hanging out at the beach and spending the first part of the night while I shoot the night sky with my camera. She was for this–one hundred per cent! We packed some food, and our beach towels, and the BBQ of course. We were going to have an evening out at the beach. It was awesome.

You could not ask for the perfect day. It was a hot summer’s day, with the temperature hovering around 28C at the lake, and the forest fire smoke started to clear, leaving crisp blue clear skies all around. The water was a little cool, as Suzette got her toe wet, but I never went in, I guess I was a chicken. But the sand was great. The BBQ was yummy, as we ate hamburger and salads. I was full. We then sat the chairs along the water’s edge, and I set up the tripod, and mounted the camera on top. No one seemed to mind the camera set up on the beach so late at night.

Looking at the above image, you can see where the lake got its name from. The sand here is red. Though not so great for walking through barefoot with all the small twigs, but the sand is great for just laying on.

In the above image, I was using a 14mm (prime) wide lens, at f1.4, set to infinity. In this shot I had the ISO up to a ridiculous 12000, and it took me a lot to post-edit the noise out. This is over the lake, looking South at the milky-way Galaxy, almost at Sagittarius, or close to the galactic centre. The bright orange star is Mars, to the left. I had my doubts that the reflections in the water would work with the stars. This was a 20sec exposure.

Another shot of the Milky-way just 40 degrees up from the horizon. Same lens, 14mm, but a 30 sec exposure, set to ISO 8000, on my Sony A77. Lots of noise, but awesome detail.

So we called it around 12:30am, and headed for home. The road was not too bad for driving on–actually better becuase we knew there was no traffic at this time of night. Oh, yes, we did a few really good shooting stars! Another awesome night!

Hiking Pine Lake, Just North of Terrace, BC

If you are in the Skeena/Kitsumkalum Valley, and you are looking for something to do, then I suggest taking the 15km drive out to Pine Lake, on the Old Kitsumkalum Service Road. You will not be disappointed, unless it is pouring down rain. For us, it was an awesome sun filled day, with near 30C heat, and not a rain cloud to worry about. The 6.1 to 7km trail, and the lake, are worth the trip. There are some places for setting up for camping, and there is a small boat launch, but ideally, the trail around the lake and kayaking are the two best ways to enjoy the place.

We sort of did the trail backwards, we headed North first, around the lake, but all was good. Everyone we passed, were coming towards us. The trail is easy going, but then a little steep in one spot, but this should be very manageable, even for the novelist hiker. There are foot bridges and board-walks for the marsh areas, and the trail is well marked.

Even Suzette with her sore ankle, found the hike not to terribly taxing on her foot. You just need to take it slow in some spots. We also met a few families, who brought there young children, and the kids looked like they loved the place–even the dog.

SQUIRREL! Yup, we found a family of them, scurrying through the forest, and when we walked by, they ran up a tree right along the path. Easy shooting with a 28 to 300mm telephoto lens to capture the wildlife here. We also saw a family of Loons too.

Next time, I want to paddle my way around this lake. I was admiring the Kayakers, as they glided by on the water. The lake seems to have a bunch of little islands and outlets to explore. You will not see those on the trail.

The hike took about an hour and bit, only becuase we were talking our time. This was my first time here in over thirty years, so a lot has changes since for me. I use to go here a lot when I was still in school. The trail is in great conditions, but some of the board-walks and bridges are showing their age. Just remember to really watch your step, and look out for the holes on the trail too. We found a few of them.

This was a great hike, and I highly recommend it. You are close enough from town that we were getting some cell signal, and there seemed to be lot of people around too. So you are not to far off the beaten path for a day trip in the wilderness. The road is a little rough, so take that slow, but you can get to the lake in a small car. I rate the trail as easy to intermediate, becuase it is over 6 km long, so bring some water on a hot day. Enjoy it!

To Prince Rupert, BC, and then Back To the Hot Weather In Terrace

As the title says, I took off to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to visit my baby sister, Suzy. Yes, I have several Suzs in my life, and all is good with every single one of them. The trip is about 140 km, from Terrace, so it took me about one hour, twenty minutes, or so, doing the speed limits–of course. Once there I headed for Suzy’s place, stayed for a few hours, then left for home. It was more of a meet and greet visit, something very casual.

The drive up the Rupert Highway was awesome. The valley never looked so awesome as the mountains were bare from most of the snow, and the morning sunlight made them really stand out. The highway had lots of people on too, but most were tourist, pulling trailers and boats with trucks and cars, as they were headed for the fishing spots along the ocean.

Once I got to about 80 kms outside of Terrace, the clouds hung along the valley, totally making it overcast. One moment you are enjoying the sunlight, the next, it was grey and darker, but much cooler. Actually, I liked the cool air, after living in 30C plus weather for two weeks, this was a welcomed change. When I got into Prince Rupert, they were only at 16C. It even “sprinkled” out for a short bit as I was driving into the town.

On the way back, around 2:30pm, the clouds parted again, almost at the same location, once I got way up into the Skeena Valley. When I got back into Terrace, the car’s thermometer was reading 29C. And it was muggy. When I was driving through some section of the Terrace-Price Rupert Highway, I drove through some sand storms. The wind was blowing the dry sand from off the sand-bars along the Skeena River. I never seen that before like this.

It was great trip in my car. The ride smooth and I had the stereo turned up a bit. I hope to do it again soon.