Nature · Night time · Photography

Simply stupendous, northern Alberta

Read part one here if you missed it. I arrived on the farm just outside Fort Vermilion in northern Alberta late in the afternoon. The last few kilometres was down gravel roads south of town, with a non-functioning GPS, but I found the farm with less trouble than I had anticipated. The large wooden sign, “Simpson… Continue reading Simply stupendous, northern Alberta

Humour · People

Two days’ worth of one-liners from a three-year-old

I’m visiting some friends in Edmonton, who I visited last in 2016. Back then their kid was this big and quite the character: I took those photos as part of a series which you can see here. He’s now three and prattles away non-stop. Here are just a few of the things I’ve heard him… Continue reading Two days’ worth of one-liners from a three-year-old

Summer · Travel

‘Tis often more about the company than the view …

… although a good view doesn’t hurt. In keeping with my posts about hikes, waterfalls, and beautiful views, today I’m featuring my most recent hike with three friends. With the last of the four children leaving for university on Monday, we decided to memorialize the moment with a walk up the “Stawamus Chief,” south of… Continue reading ‘Tis often more about the company than the view …

People

About a full-mooning & an evening of swing dancing

When it comes to swing dancing, once is never enough. I simply love the high-energy fun the group of all ages is able to enjoy. The children of the family I have been visiting were getting ready to leave for university in dribs and drabs, as summer winds down, and insisted we go dancing one… Continue reading About a full-mooning & an evening of swing dancing

Nature · Summer

Three lakes & a waterfall on one hike? Bonus!

I left home at 5am, the earliest I’ve been up in quite some time, and drove from Langley, east of Vancouver, towards Whistler where I picked up two youngsters I know from Edmonton. This was the view that greeted me as I approached the town with the exotic name, Squamish. We were bound for Joffre… Continue reading Three lakes & a waterfall on one hike? Bonus!

People · Real LIfe

Of Canuckis going bonkers for dressing up (and it’s not even close to Halloween)

These lower mainland Canuckis I find myself with are completely crazy, I tell ya! In fact, let me qualify that – they are more or less normal during the day but at night, especially around the time of the full moon, something goes gaga in their brains and they go a little bonkers. A few… Continue reading Of Canuckis going bonkers for dressing up (and it’s not even close to Halloween)

Me · Random · Writing

In search of a latte, I got dishwashing liquid

A funny thing happened to me today while cruising Canuckistan for coffee. I walked into my regular café in these parts and stuck my head into the kitchen to say hi, as is my wont. And I just knew, instinctively, that all was not well… One of the bakers was working as a cook, the… Continue reading In search of a latte, I got dishwashing liquid

Cariboo · How to · Quesnel

Paper – at the core of a city

The lifeblood of Quesnel, the little town in the middle of the Cariboo, in the middle of British Columbia, in the west of Canuckistan has to be the lumber industry. Originally founded on the back of the 19th century gold rush, the town was known as Quesnellemouth, which was shortened to Quesnelle and finally Quesnel by… Continue reading Paper – at the core of a city

Cariboo · Nature · Summer

Searching out natural curiosities in a familiar neck of the woods

I hate shooting the same things twice. And when you live in a smallish community, it really does become difficult finding new subjects, and is challenging shooting old subjects in a fresh way. Recently, though I headed south out of town towards Australian Creek with a friend. 25 minutes down highway 97 we pulled off… Continue reading Searching out natural curiosities in a familiar neck of the woods

Photography

Rust-buckets, amongst other things

There are lots of things that Quesnel, my base for this trip, has lots of. (How’s that for good English, eh?) Real characters, rusting vehicles in people’s back yards, mills, cowboys, painted fire hydrants, and tractors. (Many more things too, some will add.) Driving down the road, you come across old tractors in the trees, at the… Continue reading Rust-buckets, amongst other things

Cariboo · Night time · People

A Curious Canucki Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

It just so happened that on the day we visited Barkerville (see yesterday’s post) they were celebrating something called the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. My companions assured me they had told me it would be happening, but I knew nothing about it until we walked through Barkerville’s front gates and I saw kids earnestly making lanterns.… Continue reading A Curious Canucki Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Cariboo · History · People · Travel

Exploring a Cariboo gold-rush town

Eighty kilometres east of Quesnel, along BC Highway 26, lies Barkerville, the most well-known town from the Cariboo gold rush in the 1860s. The town sprung up quickly after Billy Barker (after whom the town is named) struck it rich on Williams Creek (which flows through town). The town burnt down a few years later… Continue reading Exploring a Cariboo gold-rush town