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Barkerville (part 2)

I saved four images of the water wheel in motion and wanted to make them into a gif to show. Unfortunately though Flickr doesn’t seem to animate the gif, so I’m placing it here. I also uploaded a short video of some period actors singing “Oh my darling” which you might be interested in. It’s on Flickr here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

gif animation showing a 1800's era water wheel in motion.

Water Wheel



We went to Barkerville Sunday June 26th, 2016. A slow day of walking about and just looking here and there. There just isn’t enough time in a day to see it all. If you every have the chance to visit Barkerville I recommend it. You can even stay on site! Check it out at http://www.barkerville.ca/.

When I was in grade 5 (1977?) our class went to Barkerville by train (from the lower mainland) and we stayed in a school gym. I really remember only two things about that weekend. Getting sick on the train (Hey – it was a baloney sandwich, who wouldn’t get sick!) and the dentist & patient in Barkerville.

The old dentist is still there. With some new stuff and buildings the trip shouldn’t be forgotten just because you’ve been there before. I took a whole bunch of pictures, here are a few to sample. The rest as usual are in my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

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Ancient Forest, Sunday July 13, 2014

The ancient forest is a rare inland rain forest in central British Columbia. UNBC has a site that can explain it better than I can ever achieve here, you can visit it here http://web.unbc.ca/~wetbelt/af-trail.htm. We had visited this marvellous gem a number of years ago and recently planned to return to see what improvements have been added.

Leaving Prince George around 8:30 am we arrived about an hour later into an empty parking lot – Ah, the first there for the day! It was already hot and visibility was down because of the smoke from forest fires. We got our dogs and ourselves ready (doggy bags, human food & water, bug juice – lots of it) and headed up the trail to the ancient tree. It was still there and looking as charming as the first time we saw it together.

Along the way we saw several improvements to the rough trail and eventually joined back up with the universal access trail. What an amazing job these volunteers have done and the donations that must have come through to make it happen! A big thank you to all of you.

Here are a few pictures from inside the forest, more (and higher resolution) at my flickr share https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.


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Sunday Walk March 24th, 2013

Tracy and I met up after the Prince George Naturalist Club did it’s walk around the east side the Hudson’s Bay Wetland area. We continued our walk into the Fort George park with Danny and headed towards the highway 16 underpass.

We didn’t quite make it to the bridge though, at least not in the approved trail. We branched off of the paved trail which was still covered in packed snow and ice. Taking a side trail down into the Fraser River’s dried and snow covered bank. Exploring underneath the highway 16 bridge and around the little island between highway 16’s bridge and the train bridge then under and around that bridge as well.

There were some awesome looking icicles that formed underneath some partially melted snow packs along the river. I’ve never seen anything like it before, so I was glad to have the chance.

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks the steps we took will be impossible to repeat till deep into next winter. Soon, if it hasn’t already gotten a good start, the might Fraser will begin it’s spring time rise and flooding. In fact a couple of years ago it flooded so high the very area that we veered off from was submerged in a few feet of water. Last Sunday though the river quite low and most of the river bed was exposed to either snow or where it had melted away – sand and rocks.

It was sad to see just how much “garbage” was caught in the sand and rocks in the river bed itself. Especially underneath the train bridge where you could see broken pieces of steel that once held railway tracks and ties in place and the ground was covered in what looked like oil that had fallen from the trains crossing the bridge above. No wonder fish stocks are falling around the world – we’re poisoning them with everything we do.

Still, it was a really cool place to explore and discover. We made it nearly completely across the Fraser on dry land at the train bridge. Just the very last section of the bridge where the last pylon is and the east side was impassable because of the river.

Along the way we came across a couple that was gold panning. I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as they looked to be enjoying the time. Afterwards I could see the shiny flakes in the sand and sparkling in the still water pools. Gold? Fool’s Gold? I don’t know. It was just cool to see.

Among the pictures I got are duck foot prints, garbage embedded in the riverbed and a few things you might find appealing. As usual, here are a few images and the rest will be at my flickr share. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

Duck Tracks

Duck Tracks

Pieces of railway laying on the ground.

Railway Pieces

Dog looking at you.


Woman at waters edge panning for gold.

Gold Panner

Looking through icicles in a overhang of snow on the rivers edge.


September 2012 Visit

I got up early Saturday morning and headed to Chetwynd to visit Jesse, Amber and Alli-Jayne. What an incredible trip and wonderful time I had.

We went to Hudson’s Hope BC and spent a little time at the Beattie Park. Alli-Jayne has such a fun time with mom and dad at the park.

Then we headed out for a drive and ended up at the WAC Bennett Dam – that’s an incredible sight to behold. After seeing it for just seconds we realized we’d left something behind and quickly retreated to Beattie Park to fetch it. Don’t worry Amber I won’t mention who left their purse behind.

Finally, re-arriving at the dam we spent some time there taking in the spectacular site and grandeur. Imagine the magnitude of the undertaking in building such a huge installation!

From the dam we checkout a road that was marked “Road Closed”. Cause – you know. If it says don’t go there, what do you do? What a sight that provided. From there we could see the Peace Canyon dam in the distance and over look Hudson’s Hope itself.

Arriving back in Chetwynd, BC we went for lunch and a little break while we waited for Dustin and Amanda before heading off to see some more incredible sights around Chetwynd.

What an incredible province we live in! Here are a few images to get you going – as usual the rest are in my flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

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Victoria BC Trip

Work sent me to Victoria BC for training. Once again on a plane and I took some IPhone pictures on the way there and back. I also took a few pictures with my real camera and I’m pretty happy with the ones I took. I didn’t get out much for the purpose of photography but I carried my camera with me all the time just in case something presented itself. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel/sets/72157631262658544/ for all of the images I’ve taken and uploaded. Luci did a great job in training and giving me an overview of what I should know and on Friday she drove me to the airport. Along the way I did a little drive by shooting – see if you can figure out which ones are drive by in my flickr share. Here’s a few to get you started: 

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Greenway Walk – Feb 4, 2012

Tracy and I went for a quick walk through Cranbrook Hill Greenway up to Shane Lake. Here’s a few pictures.

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