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.

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.

Hart of a Plant

With days left in Spring 2020, I thought I would share this with you. Yes, this my own plant in my own garden, something I wanted for many years now, and only now became obtainable for me. This was one of the first plants I planted in my back yard. I am stoked about this. It is going to look so cool there. AND NO ONE CAN CUT IT DOWN, unless you want to see my lawyer. *super evil grin*

Onto other news, I started the new medication on Thursday. OK, I now pee a lot, dizziness, sore legs, are now part of my day, I hope this makes my life easier. Going to work was a bit of a challenge, as I was amazed I got through the day. I tried to sleep in this morning, but need to pee was greater. The reason why I am torturing myself with this, is, For a year, I have been dealing with huge diarrhea from my last medication, so pleated to get this changed, yes money is part of the story, I was willing to submit if it meant keeping money out of the local economy. Any way, I am happy with this, in a sick and twisted way.

Taxes are up. More money to be kept out of the CVID-19 Economy. I’ve started my money and cost roll-backs for this year, I’m sorry private business owners and restaurants in my local circle, but our leaders need to be paid too for their mismanagement, and careless governing. So you have heard that our previous BC Government lost a Court Challenge for under funding the French Schools, and now had to pay that money back, The CON. party, needs to be sued as well, for their misguided ideology, and cost the tax payers even more. Do you see the symmetry here?

Well I need to start my Saturday. I have chores that need my attention. I wish you all a great and wonderful weekend.

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.

Tiny Tiny Terrace British Columbia, Canada, on Kalum Street.

Another awesome week of awesome weather! We saw 25C with no clouds, just lots and lots of Sunshine. It was like summer, in May. How nice is that? So I took the lovely Suzette out for a drive up at the Arena Hill, so watch the daily routine of Terrace, using my camera’s Effects.

Thise was a random shot of Kalum Street using the  Miniature effect from my Camera, a Sony A77v. Looks neat, Eh?

This next photo was me using a colour filter that only captures a primary colour, Yellow, while leaving the rest of the photo in Black and White. I like this effect.

The weekend was picture perfect, hope we have many more to come. In fact here is hoping that we have an awesome summer too, and this COVID-19 is fixed, and we can have our mass outings.