I was determined to find those 'Hidden Waterfalls' if I could. So I consulted with my son-in-law about exactly where they were. If you notice the Google Maps image yesterday, they are supposed to be very close to a road. So on one of our last days out west, my grandson and I went off to find them again. Was I surprised by what I found!
I was initially thinking that it's a shame there isn't a sign. But upon reflecting, and feeling somewhat selfish, (and keeping in mind safety), I'm glad there are no signs, and hope there aren't any in the future. Perhaps the place will retain a little mystery and wildness. Given how visitors behave at waterfalls along the Bruce Trail here in Ontario, this place would be an unsafe disaster if it was heavily visited!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
I tried a new local trail twice while staying with our daughter-in-law, once by myself, and once with my grandson. I was intrigued with a notation on Google Maps for the "Hidden Waterfalls", and was sure that this trail headed that direction. Warning - another picture heavy post.
Of course, see how close you can get the water to the top of your boots!
Monday, November 20, 2017
On one of the days when our grandchildren were in school and daycare, Mrs. F.G. and I headed out to visit Fort Langley, a National Historic Site down the Fraser River. I ended up being really impressed, and learned a lot about the early settlement history of B.C. Warning, this is a picture heavy post; if you're not interested in a bit of history, come back tomorrow.
Mrs. F.G. had a close look at this bolt of cloth, and regretted she didn't have a pair of scissors to surreptitiously cut off a yard or so!
At this time the Oregon Country included much of present-day Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia. The British argued that the 42nd parallel should be the border; the U.S. that "54-40" should be the border. After Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific at the mouth of the Columbia, and Simon Fraser reached the mouth of the Fraser, the final compromise was the 49th parallel. During the years following this decision, gold was discovered in the Fraser Valley. Thirty thousand men descended on Fort Langley! In response, Governor James Douglas declared the establishment of the Colony of British Columbia at Fort Langley. So this in a very real way was where British Columbia started.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
My son-in-law and grandson wanted to take me to see the giant Douglas Fir they had found. It was a dreary day, and getting late, but we headed out to Cultus Lake Provincial Park to try and find the trail.