Archive for October, 2008

30
Oct

A Day on the Water

   Posted by: Phil    in Adventures

At around 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 25th 2008 Tony, Tim and I met Peter in Captains Cove. Peter was sitting on the boat reading the paper waiting for us. The boat wasn’t quite what I imaged but it looked like it was seaworthy. Peter had the survival suits out so we all slipped into them, battened down the hatches and departed. We toasted to our adventure and entered the Fraser River.

We ventured up the working part of the Fraser River by the Ferry docks, Silvercity (Richmond), and out to New Westminster. We traveled under the Alex Fraser Bridge, under the Pattullo Bridge, under the Port Mann Bridge, and under the Pitt River Bridge.

One thing that was pretty amazing was the lack of log booms. Peter said that years ago the channels were a lot narrower because there were so many logs. There were lots of log boom tie-ups but no logs. The economy must be hurting,

Tony has asked about fishing but Peter said there wouldn’t be much available. About 10 minutes later, I saw a seal with a fish in its mouth. I guess you just need to know where to fish. Just in the paper today it was reported a 800 pound (362 kilograms) sturgeon was tagged miles from where we were.

After the last bridge I’m guessing we had entered the Pitt River. With no tugs or cargo ships and not much else around, all that was heard was the boat motor and us laughing. Not that the water was rough before but now the water was like glass. The sun was out. What a gorgeous day!

Along the Pitt River we passed a huge gravel quarry, actually two of them, and the Swan-E-Set Bay Golf and Country Club. There was a place to rent kayaks that I need to come back to. It would be a great to kayak and explore the estuaries one day.

I kind of lost track of time but probably about two-two and half hours we arrived at our first stop, Ashby Creek. We beached just north of the creek for a quick hike up the falls. With hydrating fluids in hand, we entered the rain forest.

Conveniently Mother Nature left a newly fallen tree across the creek for us. Tim lead the way as we gingerly made our way across the “bridge” to the other side. We had a very steep climb and I must say it was both exhilarating and humbling. I was breathing pretty hard at the top and the old legs let me know I hadn’t done this for a while.

It was all worth it as the view from the top was amazing. There we all stood on a nice slippery rock probably about 250 feet (75 meters) above the beach. No wonder I was so winded.

We headed right down to the lake front and crossed through the creek at the bottom. We got back to the both and had a quick beverage and snack. Back on with the survival suits and off we went to the top of the lake.

The trip probably took another hour and we got to the top of the lake. There was a smaller feeder river that we thought we’d try and navigate. The boat bottomed so Tony decided he’d pull us through.

He stripped down to his skivvies, leaving his sweater and shirt on. Pete has some sandals that Tony decided to wear to protect his feet. With tow line in hand, Tony jumped in the river. The current was pretty strong and only two steps into his journey, Tony slipped and went for a “swim”.

After the laughter stopped we decided to abandon the river portage and head for lunch. There was a nice beach on the north side of the lake so off we headed. While Tony dried off and we cruised to the beach right along the north side of the lake. One truly amazing thing was how deep the water was from the “shore”. We were about 10 feet out and the depth reader displayed 95 feet.

We beached and got ready for lunch. Peter unloaded an amazing feast including candied smoked salmon that he had made. The main course was going to be BBQ’d chicken souvlaki on Peter’s new boat BBQ. He got the coals started and we gathered some wood for a fire.

Well the BBQ coals and the fire building just wasn’t going so well, in spite of lighters, gasoline, fuels … my hope of survivor fame faded. Someone on a previous trip had been kind enough to leave a Coleman fuel tank that we quickly used to get our fire roaring. The boat BBQ wasn’t working so we decided to switch to the fire. Everything worked out well and the food was terrific.

The water looked so inviting (I know it was cold) and I could no longer resist. I decided to go in for a swim. It was quick and refreshing!!!

Well it was time to head home although I’m sure we all would have loved to have camped out. On the way back a float plane as flying by and we all waved. Much to our surprise the pilot looped back around and landed beside us. Realizing he didn’t know us, he returned to the air and buzzed us one more time.

We returned back to Captains Cove about 7:00 PM and it was pitch dark. Good thing for running lights. We loaded the boat on the trailer and called it a day. And what a great day!

Thanks Peter, Tony and Tim!

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5
Oct

Makes you proud to be a Canadian!!!

   Posted by: Phil    in Amazing Facts

A recent study found the average Canadian walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found Canadians drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year. That means, on average, Canadians get about 41 miles to the gallon.

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