Celebrations are Less than Twenty Days Away!

Weblog is up to date, and all the plugins seem to be working correctly and upgraded. Checked. (on with the post) With May2019 long gone behind us now, and we are roaring into the summer season, so many events are taking place around the Skeena Valley, it is getting hard to keep track of them. Summer is upon in a few days, also marking my second anniversary moving back to the Skeena Valley. Wow, two years already, as time flies by. The Summer Solstice is less than twenty days way(June 21). As we are now in the month of June. The days are so long here (it does not get dark until 11PM. And heat, we are getting days at over 30C., super warm. Climate Change is real folks, this is not North Coast weather when was growing up here as a kid.

So yesterday, June 1st, me a SUz., took a small hike along the River, to seck it out, and for some much needed exercise. We came upon some Rock Art, or words made of ricks. “YES” was one of them. I thought this was cute. And there are others to see, and the spring floods is making the river water high, but not flooding. Which is the new signs of the times, with the hot weather. water levels are staying low.

If I remember the original words were “BACON LOVE”, and just took a photo of the heart, because they made it with only the red rocks found here.

Some more rock river art.

This strange creature. More or less man made, not a natural fluke, or is it?

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A face, with buck teeth, and a red nose. Winking at you.

Seeing the high water or spring run-off which is typical this time of year for the Skeena River.

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 seas-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 shell.

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 fissiles are over 270 million years old (Geo-tour 2007-10, 7). These are some of the oldest fossils in the world, and they predate the dinosaur. 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 linke to the paper I read.

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Geotour guide for Terrace, BCGeotour guide for Terrace, BCGeotour guide for Terrace, BCBob Turner, Natural Resources CanadaJoAnne Nelson, BC Geological SurveyRichard Franklin, Saanich, BCGordon Weary, Tony Walker,Bonnie Hayward,and Cathy McRae,Terrace, BCGeofile 2007-10BRITISHCOLUMBIAGEOLOGICALSURVEY:
http://cmscontent.nrs.gov.bc.ca/geoscience/PublicationCatalogue/GeoFile/BCGS_GF2007-10.pdf

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.

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.

Skeena Salmon Belly Gravel Burn

Is was a couple of weeks ago, when I first heard about “Salmon Belly Gravel Burn,” a derogatory term about all the all people who live in the the Pacific North Coast of Canada, during the spring season period. It reefers to a guy seeing the women as they dress for the new season and it is said that he is swimming up stream, leaving the plenty of fish in the sea, like the wild salmon, and not being able to get a mate, he then dies, washing up on shore of the river bank. They call this gravel burn.

Gravel burn, is when men say that they are not even going to try starting a relationship. They will stay celibate for the rest of their lives. This means less tax payers for Canada, but “oh well,” they say. “There will always be plenty of tax payers to keep the Government going.” No one worries.

It sounds funny when you hear it for the first time. I laughed before I thought about it, hearing it last week. When ever I see my co-worker, I ask him if he still swimming upstream? “He replies” No, buddy, I went back to the sea, the water it too low here.”

This is one of the more hilarious local colloquialism terms I heard around here so far. Romance and fish go hand in hand, it seems in the Skeena Valley.

First Full day of sping2019

Yes, I am back. I had some issues with my domain name renewal time, as the credit card information I gave them was incorrect. That is all fixed now, so I can once again blog. Plus there was lots of stress issues from my work, as that was dragging my home life down a bit. Everything is back to normal now, and even better, spring is here, as it is not winter. And I drove around the valley, taking photos, celebrating the equinox. as from now on the Days rule the Nights. so happy about that too, as we went through a really weird cold snap of Sunny yet cold weather for a bout five weeks.

I have been getting a lot of emails about where I have been lately. Rest assured that I am OK, and fine. I bought a new TV that is 4k, being that it appears that I might be staying in the compartment for a while longer than I want to in Thornhill, BC. House prices are still way out of reach for me for the moment. So, I’m just saving money for that rainy day when something affordable comes along.

spring started so fast around here that the Pussy willows are not out yet, but the trees are starting to turn. You have to look hard in the low area of the valley to see any remaining snow on the ground. Just a drive up on the bench and the snow is still 30cm deep there. But the air is warm and summer like. It feels so nice.

Motorcycles are out on the roads too. along with the girls wearing their short shorts (Daisy Dukes) and T-shirt. Not quite bikini weather yet for them, but we are close. The yoga pants are the norm around here, even the out of shape wear them. Women love them. The guys are still wearing their winter fashion, in the Sun.

I turned on my A/C today, for the first time this year. It still works. My car sat in the Sun the whole day, so it was really hot inside it. The joys of owning a black coloured car. It is an oven during the summer periods.

Happy fiirst full day of spring!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As usual, I created another Valentine’s Day graphic for the yearly event, and this year I went with the Steam Punk theme. I put in the standard heart shape, with a bunch of 3D gears and “doo-dads” into the art work, to make it look as cool as I could, using the 3D software. I think it turned out awesome, but that is just me. See for yourself.

So, happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Yes Indeed, It Is Rather, …cold.

It is too bad that we could not get rid of the “minus” sign in front of the temperature becuase then I could be praising the Solar goodness of Mother Nature. Nope, it is the other way around, lots of Sun, but the “minus” sign stays; a blusterous minus thirteen outside. With wind, and blinding sunlight, the day looks awesome through the windows, but dare to stand outside, is another matter indeed. However, like the troopers we are, we did our Sunday Drive through the valley, Me, Suz., and camera in tow.

I should point out that records were broken for how cold it is in this section of the North Coast. Where I am, we were lucky in the sense that this is normal-ish, but further inland, the coldness rages on. Even the fine folks on the coastal islands were hit with some awful cold weather too. Enough said, I think you get the point.

Our trip down to the Kitimat Valley. We wanted to follow the Sun. Get those much needed Sun shots. We nearly went three weeks without clear skies, so seeing the big bright orb in the sky again, was a huge relief. Hey, probably one of the rarest religions around these parts are the Sun Worshipers. Those guys are hard pressed, let me tell you. It is truly blind faith for those guys. But, for us, we were driving to the Kitimat River!

She is not much to look at, but the people of the valley like to call her “a river.” It does rip-roar with torrents of water during the spring thaw, I should point out. People come from all over the planet to fish this little river. As you can tell, it is far from being frozen over, as our cold snap is only into its third day.

We hit the Sun at its Golden Hour on the river, as the yellows and pinks colour sunlight started flooding down on us. You only get about an hour of it with your camera. But the long shadows, and golden light, made for some really neat effects; it was worth it, as some of the shots were extremely good. But it was cold, and my fingers were getting numb, so I only lasted less than five minutes at this spot. Fortunately, Suzette kept her car running, as she wanted to enjoy the view from where there was warmth, and I was very happy when I jumped back into my seat to enjoy it with her.

The photo that says, “It is Cold Baby!” I really like the pink to purple colours in the sky, above the white of the mountains. In this shot, we are in Thornhill, BC, just a few kilometres from my place, along the highway. We are looking North, from the West side of the side road. If this shot does not say, “COLD,” then I do not know what would, other then a shot of a bottle of liquid Nitrogen pouring out onto the ground. Remember, nightfall is upon us, and it is getting colder.

Anyway, I went home, and then curled up in bed, letting the warmth cover me. There is work tomorrow, and I am sure getting up will be a chore. Nighty-night!

Our Turn: The Cold Weather is Here.

It is the first day of February, 2019, and I must say, “what a mild winter season it has been so far, for us folks up in the North Coast of British Columbia.” However, this will all end, very soon, as a fidget Arctic System is creeping down on us, fast. The weather prognosticators say, starting tonight, the deep freeze will start, and will last until next weekend. But what really hits home for me, is that I saw temperatures as low as minus 14C on the chart! Right now it is minus 2, snowing, with winds from the North, gusting to 40km/h. A piece of cake, by North Coast standards. But, cold is cold, no matter how you slice it. (I wrote this part while I was on my lunch break)

So, here is where we are at for conditions. It is snowing out, although lightly. There is about 3cm of slush on the ground. It is windy out, with winds coming in from the North. So, add super cold weather to the mix, and all this will freeze. Tonight will be the perfect night to stay at home–this I can predict. So, let me talk about my commute home.

(I am at home now) So, I am driving home. The roads in Terrace near perfect: dry, and void of any snow. Once I got onto the side streets of Thornhill, BC, then is was a different story. When I left the nice and dry road of the highway, and hit the first side street, to my house, I was faced with a nice thick layer of ice on the road. I mean, it was perfect, as the setting Sun’s light reflected from off of it, I have to put on my sunglasses, it was so bright. So, I took the first corner very slowly, at about 20km/h, to make sure I had full control. When I had to stop at the first stop sign, my car’s brakes would not go into ABS Mode (Anti Braking System) and I slid a few metres past the stop sign. So, this had me worried. So I started pumping the brakes at the next top signal. Even the very large SUV, behind me, was having troubles of his own, navigating on the same road.

So the lesson here is that, no matter how good your tires are, driving on pure ice, is still a cautionary tail. You treat the road condition with a huge amount of respect, and HOPE the people driving around are doing the same thing.

 

It is now down to minus 4C, to it is expected to dip below 8C, over night. I am prepared for this. I have an emergency kit, if the power goes out. Plus I have my car, if I need to leave. But, since I have lived here, the whole place seems to be build to handle this type of weather, so I have confidence that all this will be a walk in the park. So, bundle up!

Added Two New House Plants to the Team!

In my ever growing plant world, I acquired two new additions, a Barrel Cactus and a Spider Plant! I know I can look after the Barrel Cactus, which is a no brainer, but I was a little apprehensive on the Spider Plant becuase this guy need lots of regular watering, and the soil must be kept moist. However, I have the LED grow light, and my Air Plant and pointy cactus are doing awesome with it, so why not go for more…

First came the Spider Plant, I bought it over a week ago. To my amazement, the plant loves the grow light, and since I transplanted it into a larger pot, it has taken off. It has grown several new shoots in the last few days, and the foliage, 0ver all, seems to be growing by about 2cm since I got it. I think it is happy. In a few weeks, my macrame pot holder should arrive in the Post, and I will hang it in the living room window, with a LED Grow Light over top of it. We will see if it takes to that environment with lots of growth.

Yesterday, I bought the Barrel Cactus, which it looks more like a Ball, and it seems to be very healthy. I will do a pot transplant sometime soon becuase it has roots coming out the bottom the pot into the foil wrapper. And a warning, its thorns are very sharp. This guy must have very few predators out in the wild.

So, four plants, with three totally different needs. The Air Plant I have had now for over year, and is super easy to care for. The tall Cactus, I have had it for just under a year now, and it is still growing strong, and seems healthy. I have not killed them off, so I must be doing something right. Here is hoping the two new plants have long lives as well. Yay to the green thumb!