Prince George Act III: The Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: trainsmuseumsPrince George • Places: Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum


This looks like a destination to me...
This looks like a destination to me... open_in_full   info

INT - STEVE is doing work inside of an Airbnb. STEVE glances at the clock.

CLOCK
12:00

STEVE
Wow, looks like it's time for lunch.

VOICE INSIDE STEVE'S HEAD
Are you sure it's not time to visit the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum?

STEVE
Wow, looks like it's time for lunch and a visit to the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum

Prince George Act II: Teapot Mountain

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: mountainsforeststrainsPrince Georgesquirrels • Places: Teapot Mountain Recreation Site

Last time, STEVE visited a city park and met some MISSIONARIES.

This time, STEVE climbs up the worst kind of moderate, minor mountain. A taunting, teapot mountain.

Our story begins thusly:



INT - STEVE is doing work at the dining table inside of an Airbnb. STEVE glances at the weather forecast.

WEATHER FORECAST
Today it's partly cloudy with some sprinkles. Tomorrow it's going to actually be much rainier around these parts. Which day are you going to go for a hike?


STEVE
(to work chat)
Gonna go for a hike, be back on later.


WEATHER FORECAST
Oh, look at that. Someone believes me! Someone.

The Crooked River just near the Teapot Mountain Trailhead...
The Crooked River just near the Teapot Mountain Trailhead... open_in_full   info

Prince George Act I: Of Birds & Christ

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: Prince Georgeparksbird photographyproselytizing • Places: Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park

Fortunately, Prince George knows how to use scare quotes to make me take their park signage less seriously
Fortunately, Prince George knows how to use scare quotes to make me take their park signage less seriously

Prince George is a crossroads, a place that many pass through, and a hub of industry in Northern British Columbia. It is a confluence of rivers, railroads, and highways, and it was my port of call for a few days. I was taking a rest from driving and hiking, and working remotely -- (well, and also probably doing some driving and hiking on the side.)

Get some work done, I would. But, would I find the city's hidden charm?

This is the beginning of my take and my feelings about Prince George, which I've split into four blog posts.

Each is an "act" in a play, a story of my experiences, and a step towards something...

Oh, and when I say I'm presenting this as a play, what I mean is:


Our sometimes-hero STEVE has left Lake Purden behind, and is passing logging trucks, driving down the highway...

STEVE
(to self)
Gosh, sure would be nice to run some errands in this city of Prince George...

52 Frames (September 2022)

✍️ 🕑 September 2022 • Series: 52 Frames • Tags: lakesastrophotographyblack and white photographyCOVID-19

Oh look, we've just had the final Sunday in September, which means we have another four weekly photography challenges to ramble about. This month's challenges really did challenge me, and I did my best to rise to the occasion. I'm proud of my work.

This week's photographs include golden light from a smokey day, a flame in the dark, stars and taillights, and a picnic in a park...

Rearguard Falls & Chun T'oh Whudujut Ancient Forest

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: waterfallsforestsstate parksold growthmossy treeslakesconservation success stories • Places: Rearguard Falls Provincial Park Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park Purden Lake Provincial Park

I tried to sleep in, believe me, but the morning sun just didn't cooperate.

Take a tent with light-colored walls, add a 5 AM sunrise, and what you get are conditions where sleeping past 6 AM is a struggle. So, out of the tent I went.

This was the fourth of four consecutive nights' camping, and of course, the only one when it rained. I packed up my tent and laid in a course for the city of Prince George. But as I drove north, between the Rocky & Cariboo mountain ranges, I still had a few special stops to make.

So read on for old growth trees, a gorgeous lakefront picnic, and some salmon-stopping falls!

A Jaunt to Japser

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: rocky mountainsnational parksJasper National Parkcanadian rockieslakeseaglessquirrels • Places: Jasper, AB Maligne Lake Maligne Canyon Lookout Valley of the Five Lakes

A bird poses on a directional sign.
A bird poses on a directional sign. open_in_full   info

My goals for the day were simple: visit Jasper National Park, and hike some trails. I visited the Canadian Rockies with my dad in 2018, after a memorable concert, and I figured it would be nice to try to visit spots that I didn't remember visiting back then. 😉

The Road to Robson

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: waterfallslakesrocky mountainsState/Provincial ParksWells Gray Provincial ParkMt. Robson Provincial Park • Places: Green Mountain Overlook Moul Falls Triple Decker Falls Mt. Robson Visitor Center Lucerne Campground

It was Victoria Day. Canada's May Long Weekend was drawing to a close, and so too was my exploration of Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Every road into Wells Gray dead ends somewhere, so it was my opportunity to continue reversing my path, southwards from the Pyramid Campground towards the town of Clearwater. Along my route, I'd visit a few scenic spots and waterfalls that I passed up on my drive into town. And, I'd find lighting conditions far more friendly to good waterfall pictures than I had for most of the previous day.

After that, I planned to embark upon one more detour on my way to Haida Gwaii. In Wells Gray Provincial Park, I was looking at the Cariboo Mountains, a subrange of the Columbia Mountains. I was not amongst the more scenic and famous Canadian Rockies, but they were so close by that I couldn't help but head towards them as well.

So, I was taking my time, enjoying myself, and doing roughly four hours of driving around my stops.

My final destination for the day: the Lucerne Campground at Mt. Robson Provincial Park.