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Re: Bike rides

Posted: 03 Oct 2017 13:34
by bertvorgon
I just was down washing one of my vehicles...and you know what animal I am MOST afraid of...????

The HUMAN one!

Matt's 1st Tracker was stolen and wrecked, from one of the local trailheads here on the lower mainland.

Go look at the warning posted on the Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park's not about bears....

July 4, 2017: Break-ins at the Post Creek trailhead parking lot
Due to a recent influx in break-ins at the Post Creek trailhead parking lot (Lindeman-Greendrop & Flora Lake Trails), visitors are reminded not to leave any valuables in their vehicles, including in glove boxes and center consoles. Instead – leave them at home or carry on your person.

I realized we worry most about the human shits out there, when we park and leave our vehicle for days on end. Not what animal we might run into. Every trailhead now has signs posted about not leaving anything in your vehicle and many times you see all the broken window glass lying on the ground.....

The local 100 miles radius blast zone of Vancouver is a cesspool of garbage and waste on most trails, why we drive 300 miles and 7 hours to get away from it. The last hike we did, which was a major work out, had not one piece of garbage, not even a wayward power bar wrapper. That says something to us, the serious outdoor people still respect the wonderful places given to us. The weekend warriors of Vancouver hike so they can post some stupid picture on Facebook or Twitter, then use their phone to call for help..because they are too tired to walk their sorry ass back down.... in their flip-flops. I feel for the North Shore Rescue people.

My rant for the day!

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 04 Oct 2017 21:48
by iceD
Well said

ice D

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 05 Oct 2017 13:05
by jason
Errr help?

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 08 Oct 2017 11:22
by bertvorgon
After this discussion of grizzly's, there was an attack up in the Fernie Valley, where Jake Blackmore was attacked and bitten by a sow and her cubs. He surprised them, he is lucky, as he was able to hip shoot and grazed her head, scaring her off. Lots of heavy ground cover there and that is the worst scenario.

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 13:02
by bertvorgon
Quiet day on the site..must be least in the Pacific Northwest.

This is what my brother contends with on occasion, living in a remoter area of Northern Vancouver Island. At least this time it did not throw the barbecue off the porch.

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 25 Oct 2017 07:32
by bertvorgon
Matt and I decided to head to another spot that I have not been back to for 50 years now, the end of the Skagit Valley at Ross Lake. In the 60’s they were logging their way down the valley, with a brutally rough logging road only taking us about half way to the lake then.

We wanted to go check out the Provincial Park at the Border, see the fall colour's and burn some smokie's over a fire. This Park was created in 1973 along with the Park on the U.S. side of the border.

The road was again just brutal with washboard for the last 20-30 KM, just shook our fillings loose.

At the Park though, not a soul insight, none at all, quiet, everything a brilliant golden yellow and orange. We pulled into a campsite and went for a walk, even crossing into the U.S., as it is one of only 3 un-manned crossings in the North. It would be a massive hike to get to HWY 20 from here so I guess they figure the drug guys would be too lazy to do that.

The lake had been lowered over the summer so it was a sea of stumps in front of us now.

It had been torrential rain in Hope but the weather cut us some slack and opened up a window while we walked. A wind came up so we moved further back into the campsite to build our fire and roast some smokie's.
I think Matt and I will attempt a camp out here in November if we can again get a break in the weather.

Enjoy the pictures, they only kinda capture the radiance of the colour!

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 25 Oct 2017 07:34
by bertvorgon
Few more

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 25 Oct 2017 19:17
by gooned
That has been a go to spot for us with the trailer for several years now, there is a nice hike up to a mountain lake there just across the border, lots a Bears though...more at this camp than any other place I've been.

Just about lost the boy in that river on our first visit, he came out with both rubber boots full carrying his wet hat :shock:

Couple years back we camped all weekend with nothing more than a spring shower only to find out the Hope end of the road had completly washed out from major storm, it's neat being in the East Cascades without passing Hope 8)

Not sure why it's so hard to get the fall flours to show in a photo, never looks remotely as brilliant.

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 25 Oct 2017 21:04
Thanks for the pics Keith and Matt. It looks beautiful up there. If I close my eyes I can smell the smokies cooking.

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 26 Oct 2017 06:57
by bertvorgon
My digital camera is getting old now by today's standards and if it is anything but BRIGHT, it seems to mute things, oh well.
Matt heading back up there on Saturday for a photo shoot with a fellow who was on the CDN Fly Fishing National Team.

We will be curious to access now, as I sent the Parks Operator an e-mail to see if the main gate ( which looked non functional) is really closed over the winter. If so, that would block any Americans that came up this way, at least till the snow blocks the road. We do want to go up in November for a quick camp out. The Parks guys said it was closed, yet we of course had zero problem going into the main campsite, which is not even gated.

Re: Bike rides

Posted: 26 Oct 2017 13:01
by KiKiIchiBan
bertvorgon wrote:Quiet day on the site..must be least in the Pacific Northwest.

This is what my brother contends with on occasion, living in a remoter area of Northern Vancouver Island. At least this time it did not throw the barbecue off the porch.

What. beautiful animal. Not sure how I'd feel about finding one in my garden though :lol: