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The Surprising Kinkade Creek Fir

If you’re an aspiring tree hunter, or if you’re just looking for something to explore, there are times that new discoveries have a way of staring you in the face. What I mean by that is that on your quest for other objectives, whether well known or obscure, you might just encounter something interesting along the way. That was the case yesterday, when I decided to investigate a sizeable Douglas Ffir that I had noticed a couple of years ago.

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Gemini Mountain, Welcome to The Island

It was October of 2018, and ithad taken us the better part of two years to complete our move to Vancouver Island. Several months later, I soon decided I wanted to climb a mountain here!

I had recently decided to join a local hiking group called the Island Mountain Ramblers, and while investigating the trips they had scheduled, I discovered one I had to join. Gemini Mountain, deep within the Nanaimo River Valley, seemed like an ideal destination!

Island Mountain Ramblers

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Canyoneering 101: An Afternoon in Looper Creek Canyon

It was September of 2012 when I received a message from my good friend Chris: Was I interested in joining him and a group of friends to do some canyoneeering on Vancouver Island? First, a brief explanation, of sorts. For those of you who have never heard of canyoneering, it’s a sport in which you don a wetsuit and dry pack and make your way down a creek canyon as best you can to hopefully emerge in one piece. Continue reading Canyoneering 101: An Afternoon in Looper Creek Canyon

Cheewhat to Carmanah, a Journey Back In Time

When I first found myself on the west coast of British Columbia after arriving from Quebec in the late 1970s, the very first thing that captivated me here in British Columbia were the towering conifers. The very scent of the forest was something completely unknown to me, and I can recall spending an inordinate amount of time gazing upward in admiration. It was that sense of awe that kindled my interest in trees, which remains strong even today. I have spent countless hours in search of the province’s remaining forest giants. Continue reading Cheewhat to Carmanah, a Journey Back In Time

The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 3 of 3

Time now for the conclusion of this chronicle. The sundial had moved forward yet another year. It was now May of 2009, and no doubt you’ve guessed by now that we were once again chilling at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. It was way too early to be drinking anything but coffee, but it was another bluebird day, and this time we were going to find that tree, right? The Simpsons imitations were flowing freely, and I was doing my best Troy McClure ( credit here to The Simpsons, all rights reserved, and the late, great Phil Hartman )… Continue reading The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 3 of 3

The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 2 of 3

The months rolled by, the pages of the calendar turned, sometimes slowly, sometimes swiftly, as life goes. Now it was May of 2008. Chris and I had resolved to try again on a spring day to find the Red Creek Fir and so, there we were again, somewhat livelier, in line again at 5 am for the ferry to Nanaimo. Filled with laughter and optimism, how could we possibly fail?  [sarcasm/] Well, keep reading, for more insight into that rather unlikely scenario [/sarcasm]. Continue reading The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 2 of 3

The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 1 of 3

There are times that a wilderness excursion is but a simplistic jaunt, that is to say: you make a plan, you follow that plan, and everything goes as planned. Here then, is a trilogy, or an epic of sorts, describing that what can go swimmingly for some can somehow become an exercise in perseverance for others. Continue reading The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 1 of 3