What I love about this not-so-scenic view of a pine beetle clearcut from a campsite at Elkhart Lake in BC’s interior is that one day again there’ll be an awesome forest here. Really awesome. As we drove up momentarily on our way through, the BC Forestry Service was just pulling up with a septic truck which emptied the outhouse. That means people are still camping here and poopin’ it up. Tree plantiners are awesome.
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Some of the last of the sun we saw at Bob’s Lake before the severe weather warning reared its ugly head. #fishing
This was the most treacherous part of our drive to and from Bob’s Lake and Jones Lake yesterday. This nearly washed out portion of a dirt road might not look like much but it was sketchy enough that my passengers @coryashworth and @jasondonaldson opted to get out of my Highlander and walk to the other side, shoot photos and wave at me as I calmly drove through it. #explorebc #britishcolumbia
As I wrote in my last two posts, I took @coryashworth on his first fishing adventure this week and was so proud to see him reel in his first ever trout. Of course I was also there to throw a line in, and here’s a few snaps that Cory sent me from our trip with @jasondonaldson. It was the best time, despite the extreme weather warning we faced! 😊🎣🐸
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)