Monday, March 02, 2015

Coming Soon: FREE Kindle E-book "Up the Inlet" on March 7

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about boating in Coastal British Columbia.

Up the Inlet

Description: Come boating up the inlets of coastal British Columbia, where the mountains drop into the sea, and lifestyles focus on self-assurance and a different sense of purpose. Follow along as we cruise northward from the Strait of Georgia to Cortes and Quadra Islands, and beyond. More coastal cruising adventures beyond Up the Strait and Farther Up the Strait

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March 27 and April 4-5

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

PRB Highlighted on Powell River Daily News

Citizen Journalist at Powell River Daily News has invited me twice to be a "guest columnist." Today it's a reprint of my post about Circumnavigating Goat Island. You can see it by clicking here.

Looking towards Second Narrows with Goat Island on the left.

Thanks Citizen Journalist for the opportunity to share the my favourite lake and the best place on earth.

If you would like to know more about my hometown Powell River, British Columbia, here are a few links. -- Margy

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Gumboot Girls" by Jane Wilde

Do you ever feel out of step with time? My grandmother always said I was born a generation too late because I enjoyed visiting her on the farm so much. Then it took me thirty-five years to get in the spirit of the hippie back to land movement.’m always on the lookout for books about women who’ve chosen to live in remote locations. Last month on a BC Ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale I found such a book. Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love and Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast is a collection of thirty-four memoirs that was compiled by Jane Wilde and edited by Lou Allison (Caitlan Press, 2014).

Jane was among many adventurous women who came to Coastal British Columbia in the 1960s and 1970s. This book highlights the lives of fifteen women who landed in the remote islands of Haida Gwaii (known then as the Queen Charlottes). An additional nineteen women made their homes in or near Prince Rupert on the mainland.

From all across Canada, the United States, and even France they came. Many were drawn because of the desire to live a self-sufficient lifestyle away from the pressures of society, some followed men avoiding the draft and Vietnam War, some followed family and friends who had gone before them, and some came just for the experience of a lifetime.

Prince Rupert waterfront cafe in 1994.
Most of the women lived in abandoned cabins, or built their own during a time when government restrictions were minimal or weren't enforced. Gardens were planted, chickens and goats raised, food canned for winter. For money, some fished side-by-side with their men, worked seasonally in canneries, or took traditional nursing or teaching jobs, but their means of getting to work was anything but traditional. Life on the north coast required boating skills, and crossing dangerous waters in all kinds of weather.

Prince Rupert fishing boats in 1994.
Living near like-minded people resulted in communal activities and support. It was a time of free love, living simply off the land, and few responsibilities (except for their own survival). Fresh seafood that we consider expensive delicacies were free for the taking.

Some of the women stayed, but most moved on to finish their education or return to larger cities. Even so, their north coast experience shaped their futures and those years were never forgotten.

These were my formative years too. But it took me a much longer time break my bonds with city life and follow my dreams to Coastal BC. How about you? more exciting book reviews, head on over to Semicolon's Blog each weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coastal BC Plants: White Cushion Moss

White Cushion Moss

When I walk around in the bush, I'm always taking pictures of things that catch my eye. Here's a moss that I thought was unusual. It looked a bit like a Tribble from the original Star Trek series. I'm not positive, but I think it's a Cushion Moss.

It definitely looks like a puffy cushion. I'm not sure why it got the name White Cushion Moss (Leucobyrum glaucum), because it's definitely a bright green. Maybe because some have a whitish cast. This moss grows in clumps 2-7 centimetres (1-3 inches) tall. If clumps grow together into a mat they give it a lumpy appearance. This specimen does not yet have any sporophytes on tall stalks for reproduction. Look for it in shady, moist areas on the forest floor or decaying trees. You can also purchase it to add to your garden. -- Margy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Logging Leftovers

Wayne and I went up Powell Lake to check out the logging roads at Beartooth. We'd like to ride our quads up the valley that rises up towards a snaggle-toothed peak of the same name.

What we found were logging leftovers. The barge ramp was damaged and alders blocked the road up the valley.

Barge ramp blocked with driftwood and alders clogging the logging road.

Next to the ramp is the skid logging trucks used to dump their loads into the lake. Logs were penned nearby in booms prior to being towed down the lake to the extraction point in Block Bay. Click here to see how log trucks dump their loads.

Massive skid logs are deteriorating.

While the dock and bridge to shore look to be in good condition, winter storms have separated them. The bridge has sunk and the dock floats a good distance from shore.

Looking at the Western Forest Products project map, there will be future logging in this area. When it's done, we'll get our chance to return and ride the refurbished roads. -- Margy

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Circumnavitating Goat Island by Boat

This week was beautiful, sunny and warm. Well, relatively so. Daytime highs reached 12 degrees Celsius (54 F).

That's a huge difference from the deep freeze back east.

Wayne and I took a ride around Goat Island that rises from the middle of Powell Lake.

Here are a few shots from our trip.

Goat Island on the left and the entrance to Goat River straight ahead.

Rainbow Falls across from the north side of Goat Island.

Looking towards Second Narrows with Goat Island on the left.

The lake was so calm there were amazing reflections all the way from our float cabin home in Hole in the Wall back to the south end of Goat.

Hardly any snow! The pointed peak in the middle is Beartooth.

The only sad thing was the lack of snow in the high country. It's going to be a very dry summer, with low lake and river levels if we don't get more than the average amount of summer rain. -- Margy

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Coming Soon: FREE Kindle E-book "Flying the Pacific Northwest" from March 20-21

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about flying in Washington and Oregon.

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Description: Airports of Western Washington and Oregon form the backdrop for adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Take the controls of a Piper Arrow, as your personal flight instructor leads you to out-of-the-way spots where recreational aircraft give us the freedom to pursue personal goals. Hints for cross-county and local flying, as presented by a 7000-hour FAA certified flight instructor. For armchair pilots and experienced pros, this book is an escape so realistic you’ll swear you’re airborne.

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from April 3-5

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Happy reading! - Wayne