Category Archives: water

Gushing

This past weekend, J and I headed into the Burke Mt area with a couple of friends to spend some time hiking and viewing a couple of waterfalls.  The forecast was for clouds and the occasional shower.  Luckily, we got the clouds but not the showers.

Our objectives were the Dry Crossing and Sawblade Falls, both on Coho Creek which tumbles down between a couple of unnamed peaks in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park.

The hike goes up several shared use hiker-mountain biker paths and old logging roads through several different forested areas with lots of lovely spring flowers along the trails, the most common being false solomon’s seal, star-flowered false solomon’s seal, foam flower, bunchberry, and yellow wood violets.

As it was a bit cool for the season, we also lucked out in not being bothered to any serious degree by our insect friends, although the occasional black fly needed brushing off.  After a couple of hours we got to our first waterfall, Dry Crossing Falls.  2 waterfalls hike-12 waterfalls hike-22 waterfalls hike-3

One of the reasons we picked this hike was because we are still in the Spring run off season here in SW British Columbia and the waterfalls are just gushing spectacular amounts of water.  A couple of creek crossings which in summer would be easily transversed required high level ballet type balancing to avoid serious foot and leg soaking!  Not to mention avoiding the algae covered slippery rocks!!

From Dry Crossing Falls, we followed a rough route, the Sawblade Bike Trail, further downstream to arrive at what is becoming a fairly common local hiking destination, Sawblade Falls.  About 30 minutes or so and we arrived at Sawblade falls.  2 waterfalls hike-42 waterfalls hike-5

Our plan was to eat lunch at Sawblade Falls and then head over to a couple of other falls on the way back to the car.  What with the cooler weather, and a strong wet cool spray coming off the falls, we found a less exposed area behind a few trees where we could hear them but not see them and hunkered down and enjoyed our lunch. Here’s a video I took of the falls before we ate.

After lunch, and enjoying a last bit of falls viewing, we decided to forego the other falls and made our way back to the car to conclude a lovely day spent with friends and falls.  A parting shot of Sawblade falls as we head back out.2 waterfalls hike-6

Just a bit of warning; if you’ve never hiked this area before, most of these hikes start at a gate that is just a few hundred metres from a gun club so you often hear loud blasts of gunfire while you’re walking.  But once you get far enough along, the gunshots diminish and forest sounds take over.

And just because you’ve been so patient, here’s another gusher we visited a few weeks ago in the Squamish area, Crooked Falls.  Check out this video, too.crooked falls-1

We do like our waterfalls and there are so many lovely ones here in BC.

Until next time,

keep rambling.

Rich

Left Coast and Redwoods – Finale

After a lovely night’s rest and breakfast at our BnB in Brookings, we headed down to the Harris Beach State Park there and spent some time just walking around.  Here’s a few photos from the park.

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J’s charismatic windswept look 🙂

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Peek-a-Boo!

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Impressive Rocks!

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After getting our fill of the the wonderful ocean scenery and basically having the park to ourselves, we headed back out on the highway to our next stop, Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint.  From the map, it looked like it might be an interesting spot and lo and behold, when we got to it we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had dunes.  Now this might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but J had never seen dunes before and she was ecstatic!!  She’d always wanted to see dunes but somehow, had never had the good fortune to run across any on the beaches she had been to.  So, of course, we wandered in amongst the dunes for a while and spent some time on the beach just enjoying watching waves.

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Yup, them’re dunes alright.  With windswept dune grass.

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Wave Watching

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Again, we were the only ones there!  I guess there’s some benefits, especially to a landscape photographer like I am, to go off season in crappy weather.  No one around to get in the way of the scenery except my favourite model 🙂

Back in the car and up the road a piece to another pullout where I took this pic looking North.

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Our next was for lunch at the Redfish in Port Orford.

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The Redfish (J’s hair in bottom right)

Lovely lunch with some great views there too.

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Having achieved a pleasant state of satiety, we meandered back to the car and headed on up the road again to what was our penultimate stop along the way, Cape Blanco State Park. Cape Blanco is the Westernmost point in Oregon and the contingual United States, and contains the Southernmost Lighthouse in Oregon.  All fine reasons to stop there! What they don’t tell you about is the strength of the wind there!  WhoooBoy….!  J was afeared to leave the car.  I got out and took a bunch of photos; hey that’s what I do, and I jumped straight up to land about foot back of where I launched myself from.  There was a guy in a convertible with the top down and all the windows up just enjoying the views and eating a sandwich.  Said he often comes to enjoy the scenery and wind.

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From here we headed up to Bandon where we stopped at the renowned Face Rock Creamery to pick up some cheese and have a heavenly ice cream 🙂  We never actually visited the Face Rock but there’s lots of pics on the web of it.

From here, it was head up to Reedsport to pick up Rt 38 back to I-5.  Rt 38 turned out to be a lovely road along the river and through the hills.  Did I mention that we saw sheep in Oregon.  And Elk.  Lots of both!

Once we got to I-5, we headed up to Portland to stay with a friend of J’s that’s she’s known forever.  Had a pizza dinner, conversation, crashed and were on the road again the next morning.  Our last stop was a food court in the Alderwood Mall because I decided to get the pack after all!

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Yum! Indian Food!

And then back home.  Boy, were we glad to be back home in our own bed that night.  We had a great trip and loved all the crazy ups and downs and beautiful places and trees we saw but there’s nothing like coming home after a trip to your own bed!  And on that note, I’ll say amen and leave you all in peace until I decide to write about something else.

Rich 

Left Coast and Redwoods Trip – Part 2

Day 3

We spent a wonderful morning with our friends in Roseburg – actually in the countryside between Sutherlin and Roseburg – and they gave us a whole host of suggestions of things to see and do as we travelled down to the redwoods in California and when we headed back home via another section of the Oregon coast.

We made our way back to I5 where we headed on down to Grant’s Pass.  We wanted to take a coffee break so we got off the highway and just started heading through town.  As soon as we drove by the Bluestone Cafe, I knew we had found our coffee stop!

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The Bluestone Cafe in Grant’s Pass

As the food looked really good, too, we ordered a couple of sandwiches to take on the road with us.  Good decision so we thought until we opened the bags a bit later.  Much to our surprise, although the receipt indicated we got what we ordered and paid for, what was inside was a completely different order!  And as I’m a pescavore and both sandwiches had meat, I pretty much had to make do with a bit of bread and some granola bars for lunch.  Even so, everyone makes mistakes and I’d still give top ratings for this place!! The bevvies were perfect 🙂

From Grant’s Pass, we picked up Highway 199, which is also called the Redwood Highway.  One of the places our friends had recommended we stop at was Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park.  So we did.  It comes up about 45 minutes or so after you cross into California. We spent about an hour there just walking a little loop and having our first experience amongst the big trees.  Here’s some big tree photos from the park.

There were also scads of white trilliums in bloom on the forest floor and I’m still striving for a perfect spring trillium shot.  I take a bunch every year.  Here’s a few of this year’s contenders from the park.  Coast D3-7Coast D3-6Coast D3-5

There was also a lovely bright red mushroom which cried out to be photographed.

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Maybe Hygrophorus coccineus also known as Scarlet Waxy Cap.

And here’s one of the giants just hanging out in the forest.  No trail to it.  I just enjoyed seeing it so nicely ensconced in all the other foliage and shrubbery.  Coast D3-9

So, back into the car and on down the highway.  We stopped at a pull off somewhere’s down the road from Crescent City for a bit of a beach break.Coast D3-10Coast pano D3-12Coast pano D3-1

From here, we headed down to our ultimate destination, the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Avenue of the Giants in Phillipsville, where we had booked what we thought was a nice AirBnB cottage.  Hoo boy were we surprised when it turned out to be a pretty down and out motel.  It’s amazing how good you can make something look if you take pictures of it from a certain angle in just the right light.

By the time we rolled in around 8 PM or so, it was too late to do anything about it so we made the best of it.  We headed to the Riverwood Inn, a restaurant/bar across the street from the motel and had a pretty good Mexican dinner so it was not a complete disaster.

Then we rolled into bed and made plans for spending the next day gawking at the big trees.

Well, I think that’s enough for now.  I’ll finish this trip report with the next installment.

Happy Ramblings,

Rich

Belcarra Jug Island hike

It was another rainy day but we just had to get out into the forest and breathe some tree air so J and I headed over to one of our local parks, Belcarra Regional Park, and took the trail that brings you out on a beach that looks directly across to Jug Island and has a great view down Indian Arm.

Even though it was rainy, cloudy and cool, there was a steady stream of “traffic” on the trail.  When we started out, there was an Asian gentleman manning a big kettle of soup being heated by a propane set-up under one of the lean-tos.  We asked him what he was doing and we think he said he was cooking bone soup for all his hiking friends when they returned and that we were welcome to join them.  We were jealous.  I want a friend like that!

The returning Asian hikers passed us on our way down the trail just a little after we started in so we knew that by the time we got back, they would be gone and so would the soup.  See, there really is no such thing as a free lunch!

Got to the beach about the same time as a group of younger folks, took a few pictures looking down Indian Arm and headed back to the car.

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Taken while taking shelter under a nearby tree.
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A bit more of a “moody” treatment
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A not so perfect panorama stitch with other hikers
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That kinda day

You can just see the tip of Jug Island at the far left on the shots.  Nice couple of restorative hours.  It’s always worth it to get out. No matter how bad the weather seems it’s always nicer on the trail.

Happy ramblin’

Rich

Strolling in the Rain

Went downtown yesterday to see a double bill of old Japanese movies at Cinematheque with a friend and as we had some time to kill before showtime, thought we’d spend some of it walking along the Vancouver shoreline.  Brollies were the gear of the day!

It was also a bit chilly for our neck of the woods.  Anyways, after struggling with the brolly, taking off one glove, holding the not-so-smart phone and trying to juggle them all in the rain with only 2 hands, zoom in a bit, and hit shoot button, I managed to get a couple of shots, one of which kinda captured the moment for me.

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Vancouver skyline on a misty walk along the shore

 

Of course, then I had to reverse the entire procedure to get the NSSphone back into my pocket.

You get the idea.  You’ve all been there, done that.

Enjoy,

Rich