The first time @katiekronbauer and I visited this lake (which I like for reasons beyond the obvious) there was no clearcut adjacent to it. And I don’t want you to think that just because I love our province and share much of its wondrous outdoors that I think this is an awful thing, because I don’t. Many folks feed their families off of #forestry here, we all use products which are the result of what you see in this photo, and the industry has come a long way; all the trees that come down get replanted. I see the various stages of new growth forests during every single one of our BC adventures, so I know that one day there won’t be a clearcut next to Bob’s Lake… and today it’s okay that there is.
You know those panhandlers who hang out at intersections and ask you for money as you’re waiting for your light to turn green? Well, one of them walked up to my window today and flashed the universal sign language for “Hey hey, roll down your window” and he had a look on his face that seemed like genuine concern and urgency, so I rolled it down for him.
Instead of asking me for money he offered the simple advice that “You should take this thing to one of those drive-thru car wash places!”. That’s all he said. Nothing more. He lit the smoke that was in his mouth and walked away and my passenger at the time, @coryashworth, just nodded his head because he had said almost the exact same thing to me earlier in the day. Huh. (at Corner of Dirt Avenue and Fuckit Street)
I picked the first ever bowl full of Saskatoon berries from the tree in front of our townhouse today. We’re lucky to live in a new development that @pwl_partnership did the landscape architecture for and there’s quite a few of these outside. Funny thing is that none of our neighbours know they’re edible and I feel like I’m revealing a big secret when I tell them.
PWL also did the landscape of the public spaces in Vancouver’s Olympic Village and all along the seawall here you’ll see these berries on the trees. They’re the ones that nobody’s picking because fruit trees in public spaces aren’t things we look for. Bring a bucket, they’re ripe for the picking.
My good friend Chef @nedbell just txted this photo to me from his #chefsforoceans bike ride across Canada. He’s on day 2 of a 10 week adventure where he’s pedaling about 200km per day and doing events at most stops, raising awareness for healthy and sustainable seafood.
As you’ll note from my last photo I am a lazy bastard who doesn’t often walk more than 100m from my vehicle. I’m lucky to have ambitious and fit friends like Ned who carry the torch, and I just help spread the light.
This river is right at the beginning of Terra Nova National Park and Ned tells me there’s an Atlantic Salmon Festival happening over on the coast that he’s near. If you ever buy Atlantic Salmon in BC make sure it’s Kuterra brand - that’s the kind that’s sustainably farmed here by the Namgis First Nation (cc @willie_mitch33).
Ned tells me “Newfoundland and Labrador has over 60% of North America’s best Atlantic salmon rivers, with some having annual runs of up to 30,000 fish. There are nearly 200 known wild Atlantic salmon rivers here – some fed by the cold Labrador current – including some of the world’s greatest, like the Humber, Exploits, Gander and Eagle. Angling season runs from June to September with fall angling (catch and release only) up to October on three major rivers – the Gander, Exploits and Humber.”
So it appears as though he’s there right in the middle of the salmon run! I’ve asked him to send photos of it if he captures any. 😊🐟🍁
I’m in the middle of writing a blog post about how we drove our 2014 Highlander Hybrid Limited all the way from Vancouver to LA and back on only $400 of gas (!!!), and I was reminded that I wanted to tell you that all of these #britishcolumbia photos I share with you are taken within 100m or so from this awesome machine. It gets better than twice the mileage that our crappy compact car did, which is insane because it’s a freakin mudsize SUV.
Until the day I get my own boat I’ll continue to gaze longingly at other people’s boats and think “Oh man, that’s a nice boat”. After I get one too, but for now the thought is one that only occurs when I’m onshore and they’re not. And at boat shows. #boats (at The shores of the Fraser)
I’m feeling incredibly proud of my friend @nedbell as he kicks off his cross-Canada ride raising awareness for healthy and sustainable seafood today! He’s pictured here dipping a tire into St John’s harbour after the mayor suggested he dip a foot in as a nod to his hero, Terry Fox.
I just wrote a post about it on vancouverisawesome.com and we’ll be sharing updates from him over the next 10 weeks. The most important part of this post is my ask of you: that you consider texting the word SALMON to 45678 and donate $10 to #chefsforoceans which is the non-profit that’s making the ride possible. The Pacific Salmon Foundation has set up this way of donating after they made a $5,000 donation to the ride, and the hope is we can match that $5,000 with a bunch of smaller donations to help fund the support crew for the ride.
We went up a dirt road looking for crystals and found baby salamanders. Not the worst Sunday afternoon discovery ever.
Aspirations for the weekend. #explorebc
Today I donated these 115 skateboards to the fundraising efforts of the new @amblesideskatepark that Vancouver’s @supradist is spearheading. They’re mostly collectibles I’d been holding onto since I worked as a designer/art director in the skateboard industry, some of which I’ve owned for 14 years.
I figured I’d let them go to a great cause instead of having them collect dust in storage any longer. They’ll find good homes with collectors and will hopefully raise a few thousand bucks to help a new skatepark get built in West Vancouver.
I’ll be writing about it in greater detail and sharing the specifics of all the boards in the next few days. ☺