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.

Spring at Last!

We made it!

Spring at last, it a long and brutal winter here in the Pacific North West. It was cold with lots of snow. Glad to see it melting away. I was thinking how much 2019 sucked for me, but 2020 is a close contender, and the year is only three months old. With the plague upon us, what my work colleagues call it, this had been a crappy spring so far.

Also with yesterday, being the spring equinox, this means the days are now longer than the nights. Good news, after the times change, which I hope our government will abolish soon.  because changing time sucks. To celibate  the day, I bought a lawn chair, to help soak up the Sun with. The last few days here have been awesome with the sunshine.

Living up here, practicing the social distancing due to the COVID-19. Unreal how this is affecting our daily routines, now. With a spars population here in the North, it is not hard to keep away from people in general–it is natural to keep away from others.

Glad that I have my job, and I am still able to work through all of this. So I have some income, which for some who are laid-off because of the virus- I feel for you. I have somewhat guaranteed employment through all of this. Less stress, as I hear that people are having troubles with the Government’s promise of Mortgage de-furls, I never rely on Government, as they are lairs and people at the top want to keep the free money-and not hand it down.

Needless to say, the warmer weather is upon us now. Maybe I’ll get a chance to go out with my camera, and shoot landscapes shots of spring. Happy Spring Everyone, and stay healthy.

Another Rant on Time

This Post is for Dan. My rant on the up coming time change, as North America switches the Clocks this coming weekend, and moving  them ahead one hour in the name of day light savings. If you read my blog from years ago, you will no doubt have come across, other passages on how much I hate the changing of time. Wishing I lived where they don’t change their clocks, but that is not possible for me at this time. I am not looking forward to this upcoming change.

This was created for the sole purpose of increasing productivity for workers back over a century ago when the light bubs had not yet been in full use. Well, guess what, we now have lights, electrics ones, where we can work 24 hours per day if we choose to. So why do we still practice this archaic changing of the clocks twice a year?

And why do have some jurisdictions that do not fall for this? While the majority people around the world still do?

The argument of changing the clocks is like talking to members of the Flat Earth Society. 

The Sum of all this changing, is the myth of commerce. There are presidents and Prim Ministers who believe that their poor lie tax payers will suffer if we stop changing the clocks, and if we have one country that is not going to do it, then that would bed for business. Sadly, this is just poor leadership, and misguided leading. There are greater powers than Tax Payers, they are called voters, assuming you live in a fair and democratic country. IF you live in the dictatorship, then you can vote with your money, or try and move.

The world is not perfect, and our days are not even. We still need “leap years” to fix these short coming. But there is nothing to fix regarding our day, and it’s hours. Most people do not know how modern day time keeping came to be, or why the noon time is where it is today. Hint:If you like trains, planes and automobiles then you are getting warm. High Noon or 12:00pm is 10 minutes late where I live when compared to the Sun’s position in the sky.

I do not want to spend a tonne of time on this, so I will leave it here. enjoy the time change. I hope it is the last one for Western Canada.

I Can See the Ground!

Yes, I can see the ground in my driveway. The snow is starting to melt, after the major dump from last month. The snow is completely melted from around where I park my car. I like to drive, backing into my driveway, so having two large snow banks on each side makes more of a challenge, especially for the passengers who are climbing in, as the ice still lingers beneath the foot path along side.

The days are getting longer, so this means spring is on it’s way. I can feel it. Right now it is plus 3C outside, and I can see the bright orb rising in the sky, which must be either the Americans, testing their bright lights in the space, or the Sun. There is hope that this season will end soon.  I could even predict that we will have a record breaking hot summer to make up for the extreme Arctic outflow winter we are currently having. Climate change is with us; it just means that we will get cooler, then everyone will want to move here–so buy your land while you can, because there is not much left to live on. 

Minus 13 Does Feel Warmer Than Minus 21

Yesterday, it warmed up to a nice blissful minus 13, and I thought I must be nuts, for thinking that? It felt warm. when you break it down in pure Mathematical terms, minus 13 is warmer, but still in day to day terms, still way below freezing. Yes, it was that cold here in Thornhill, BC. When I was driving to work, I still saw people walking to their destinations, walking in the middle of the road because the local government does not conditioner sidewalks a priority. So, they walk in the middle of the roads where is had been cleared. So as a driver, you need to be on your toes, at 5:00am.

 

SO Friday morning rolls by, I’m on my way to work, The wind is just screaming in from the North, and I look at the temperature read out on my car’s dashboard: Minus 13C. And yes, it felt warmer, or I getting use to the cold. The day before Thornhill was reaching minus 23C for a daytime high, but the sky was super clear out. An Arctic High.

It has been that cold here for the last week, as the Arctic outflow weather systems roll on by. Plus we did get a huge dump of snow, nearly 60cm ( a week ago) before it. Today, we have a mini storm that is giving us a few CM of snow, but the Temperature reached minus 8C (damn tropical compared to minus 21C.)

 

First Winter Storm of 2020 in Thornhill, BC.

Well, it was just a matter of time of when it would come and pay us a visit. Mother Nature gave her Wrath and full fury, last night in the Skeena Valley with at least 30cm of powder snow, and wild wind. I sat helpless wondering if I was going to get home without getting stuck in the snow, in my car. Looking back, I did make it with little troubles. Except for the very last final 3 meters. when I saw that a 2 meter high snow bank had formed from the North wind. I got out the shovel and a way I went.

After the shoveling and being soaked from playing in the snow, I gave up and  went inside, giving up on all the things I had planned for the Friday night. This was going to be a stay-at-home night.

The weather prognosticators say that the second half of the storm will reach us tonight, giving us another 20cm of the white stuff, followed with more winds from the North. Oh goodie gum drops, something to look forward too.

UPDATE – JAN 6, 2020. The secdon half of the storm did dump upon us, but a mere 27cm. however, none of the roads in Lower Thornhill, BC were plowed. I guess we did not pay the Regional District enough tax money for this vital service?

I must to give credit to my car, and the snow tires I have on it. I own a 2014 Ford Focus, with Arctic Claws tires, and they work awesome in the this type of weather. I would be still getting home is it was not for those tires.

OK, back to shoveling and moving the white stuff.