Category Archives: Travel

Checking Out the Q to Q Ferry Trial

We took a ride on the Q to Q ferry service in New Westminster, BC, today. It’s a trial on for a couple of months. It was fun, and we also enjoyed rambling around Port Royal, where we’d never been before.

https://www.newwestcity.ca/qtoqferry

Q to Q Ferry Trial New Westminster
New Westminster waterfront


Running on weekends now


High-tech fare box works great!


The Fraser lives up to its moniker as a “working river.”


Even on a warm summer day it can be breezy and cool on the river


Ran across the fireworks barge


The old Samson V is looking rather rough. Wonder what its preservation status is?

Welcoming New Hiking Boots

I’m a rambling man. . . 

An early birthday present. Vibram soles, breathable uppers.

Thank you my darling wife!

Dunno how many pairs of hiking boots I’ve worn out over the decades, ranging from traditional full leather to modern weird stuff.

These seem to be a nice balance of tried-and-true soles and moderately high-tech uppers.

Merrell Vibram hiking boots

Visiting Ft. Langley National Historic Site

Yumi and I filled the car with recyclables and headed off to the amazing Burnaby Eco-Centre. We do this about once a month after we’ve accumulated enough stuff to make it worthwhile.

Heading back on the road, it occurred to us that we should take advantage of our free Canada Parks 150 Pass and visit the Ft. Langley National Historic Site. Off we went!

We had a super time! We hadn’t visited in many years, and it was great fun wandering around checking out all the displays, and to top it off we got to watch a musket demonstration.

Ft. Langley National Historic Site

Camping at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park

I tacked a few days on to my trip to Quesnel for SEP2017, the BC-wide streamkeepers workshop, so that I could relax and camp for a couple of days. Here are some shots from the road trip, and  a lovely stay at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park. All of these photos were taken with my new Canon SX720HS.

Quesnel road trip Ten Mile Lake
Here’s an example of the amazing 40X optical zoom, from widest to the telephoto limit.


The view a few steps from my campsite


Killdeer


Loon

Ten Mile Lake
White-winged Scoter at Ten Mile Lake north of Quesnel, BC. This is the first time I’ve seen this bird.


One of humankind’s greatest inventions :-). The folding chair with built-in cup holder.


OK, so I got a pack of dogs at Wal-Mart for $2.99, but at least I paired them with a baguette!


At the campfire wearing my Vancouver Half-Marathon T from a few years back. Hot dogs and beer — the athletes dinner. . .


Lots of trout jumping in the lake


The view from the fishing-only dock


There were several frogs near the boat launch


I admired this cute furball — it didn’t solicit any treats from me, just happily munched away on a healthy natural diet