Skeena River Rocks!

Yer Sir-re., the Skeena River has rocks. Some really nice ones too? And if you look hard enough you will find crystals and purple rocks, of all shapes and sizes.

 

This rock reminds me of a ball of Rice-O-Roni

This quarts rock went home with Suzette, becuase of the tiny crystal in it. Here is a close up of it below.

Cool Eh?

For the record, I did not take any Rocks with me. It is bad enough packing all this camera gear around, why would I add to the weight?

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.

We Suck at Geocaching

Geocaching, seems to be a lot more difficult for me to obtain that Good Old Canadian feit cash, Me and Suzette, went on our very first Geocaching expedition last weekend, hoping to find all of the stashes on our list, even when hampered with the limitations of not being able to install the GPX files onto my Garmin GPS device, since then I figured this process out, so all is good. But Saturday June 6, 2020 was discouraging for us, as we came up “Zero in Four,” Geocaches we had on the list. With my partner armed with her Smartphone, this was our only means of searching for the allusive Cash. We quickly found out that the Smartphone was the worst means of finding things using the GPS, as it seems to be out as much as 10 metres, As you wonder, just when you think you are right on top of the Cash. So we have the clues from the website to aid us, but those did not work for use either.

Note: when you are setting up a Geocache, in the forest, using a Tree as a clue is pointless.  

The second site, we went to on Ferry Island, in Terrace, BC, was even worse, as we were searching for a peanut jar size item, created by children, we were stumped to find their hiding place. We are under the assumption that someone else has taken it, and never put it back.

That last two places on Ferry Island, were much more difficult, so we only gave it half of our energy, with no luck. We left for home defeated, our tails between our legs. It was not until later that night I finally got the GPX files to load onto my Garmin GPS device. Yay!

Sure, it was our very first time doing this, so being so hard on the sport maybe unfair, but we did have a good day walking around, in the forest, so it served its purpose of getting out in the fresh air. 

AN ode to the Spelling Nazi

I just love how some people jump at the opportunity to check mistakes and offer criticism on grammar and spelling, yet they themselves most often carry their own bad luggage in their back side. Sure it is easy to criticize, but they never offer criticism to the writing itself, or anyone who is making the effort to write. I just went through a ten email exchange of someone who had the nerve to call me a xenophobe. and yes I admit the mistake of further adding to my friend’s Diatribe, when I said, I have no fear of the xylophone, in fact I played one while in High School. That just started the fire which turned into a full on storm, and I was left the choice of doing one of two things: Either ignore the comments after that, or fight the cause. I chose to stay and fight.

I went through my writings meticulously, saw the error, a type”O, and quietly corrected it. I then thanked the person, taking the moral high ground, which did not stop the barrage of the next eight emails within an hour, from my Nazi critic. On and on it went, it even went down to the choice of words I used in my blog post; grammar; and how I hyphenated a group of words; and the content. The worse part of this, was that it was all based on a old post from 2019. I counted the words the spelling Nazi wrote to tell me all of this: a whopping three thousands words, perfectly spell checked, and formatted: who has that kind of time?

Looking back, I will just ignore all the Nazis if they are anonymous, and continue on writing in my Blog. If I know the person, I will do private exchanges, and leave it at that.

Yes, it had been that kind of weekend. Thank you.

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.

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.