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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Back Alley Salmon

... alright and there's the asparagus and...

Oh, hullo... yes, we are just getting ready for dinner...

I put Gramma on the spot about the back alley salmon deal and...

She came through!!! Although, it's more of a back woods deal but I think that still counts...

Main point is... salmon!!

What type of salmon? It's a sock-eye... the BEST salmon ever....mmmmmm

This looks like it might get messy.

Gramma is going to fillet the salmon...

Look at how red it is... mmmm (Is anyone drooling yet?)

I know I'm drooling!

I mean... if it's too hard to watch... you can just change the channel you know... or click the next blog link...

Oh beary good knife skills...

Salmon fillets... ready to go.

We are coating them with a mustard/mayo mix...

 And some slices of onion and tomato...

Mmmm... I know this is beary had for all you stuffie carnivores to watch soo... I'll sign off for now... trust me when I say... the salmon was DEElicious!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunrise Hike

Hullo! Today we got up super early (like, before the sun) and hiked up the mountain... Hmmm.... this looks like a pretty sedate hike.

Or not... I think I spoke too soon!

Mama took us off the main trail to follow a thin thread of a trail.

 There's the sun coming up!! Good morning sun!

 Oh... look!! It's a huge blueberry patch. I was wondering why we were taking this off-the-beaten-path trail... now I know!

Mmm.... blueberries... blueberry jam, and muffins and syrup and...

Wait... what do you mean it's too early? What?

Oh dear... they are still only tiny little flowers under those leaves. Sigh...

At least we get a nice view of the river from up here.

That's the new bridge - built in the mid 1970s. I'm not sure why people still call it the New Bridge cause... honestly... that's like eons ago!!

That bridge down there is the Old Bridge. It was built in 1925 (which is beary old). It used to be the largest curved wooden-plank bridge in North America but then they replaced the decking with steel grates. Phooie...

 And we're off... and found MORE blueberry bushes.

These are a tad farther along... they have a tiny bud of a berry... Maybe I should stay here with Gramma for a few months??

The oak ferns are doing well...

Some more hiking... and we are at a neat lookout over the city.

 We found a mountain bike trail and I was all ready to follow that but Mama said she knows a shortcut to the main trail...

Through there???

But there's no trail at all??!!

 But she dragged me along... through the blueberry bushes (nice) and the deadfall (not nice)...
 Are we lost?? I think we're lost!! This is crazy, leaving the main trail and...

Eh?? Look behind me???

Oh... heh-heh... there's the trail!

Thank goodness!! Civilization!

 That's a cute little bridge...

We took a few moments to bury some Rascal ashes at the bottom of the trail... and used the heart-shaped stone from the lake to mark the site. Rest in Peace little cat.

And we found another totem... this one is of a bear holding a salmon! Can you see me?

I wonder if he'll share??

Friday, June 23, 2017

More Bears

Hullo... had a delicious lunch in Rupert and now off to explore a bit. Met some relatives...

And found this cool looking totem pole.

Let's see... oh hey! It's called the Grizzly Bear Pole!!

It's a recarve from the original pole that came from the Haida village of Yan on the QCI (now known as Haida Gwaii).
 So... from the bottom up... we have a Grizzly Bear, a supernatural Grizzly with frog in mouth, 2 bear cubs, bear mother and Grizzly with three skils (the rings on top). Cool!

There's a nice view of the harbour from up here as well... Haida Gwaii isn't that far away. One day I want to go there. Mama has been there many times and says it is beary beautiful. one day!

 Oh hey... snack time!!

I have such a cool Gramma who packs snacks all the time!

On the way home, we stopped at a little lake - cause it's pretty cool here.

There is a neat little boardwalk that goes through a muskeg area.

Cool.

The bog has stunted ancient pine trees

It sure is pretty here though.

 Alright... back to the car and onwards.

We had another stop here... This is the estuary of the Mighty Skeena - one of the greatest salmon rivers. It sure is wide here! What a great day trip!