Friday, August 18, 2017


Life continues at an interesting pace.  We are parked with Aileen's sister Anne and her husband John at a friend's property.  My brother in law John R has been with us for a week.  He and the other John were school friends so we all have a long history.  We have been doing some ATVing and geocaching and have had lots of awesome meals together.  Every few days we drive into Port McNeill for showers and to replenish our larders.

John and John along the trail to San Josef Bay

I'm in the cave looking out at John taking a photo of John at San Josef Bay

Lots of fireweed blooming in this whole area

Evening light

Our current parking spot

Neurotsos Inlet on the way to a geocache on the distant point

Looking up Neurotsos Inlet

A huge burl on an old log

More Neurotsos  Inlet

And one more Neurotsos  Inlet looking to the west from closer to Port Alice

The lovely Alice Falls, there was a geocache here too


What road?  John and John are somewhere in front.

Belted Kingfisher

Late afternoon

Coastal flowers

Off road trucks don't leave much road for us

Belted Kingfisher taken with my Canon 5D Mk2 and 100-400 lens

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Just a short post.  We left Errington this morning and are south of Campbell River tonight visiting Bill.   Tomorrow we will drive up to the Port McNeill - Port Hardy area.  We will be staying at a friend of John and Anne's in a bit of a remote location.  Not sure how the internet will be for us for the next while.  We lucked out and John and Anne were down to Courtenay today so they towed our RZR up there when they went home.  That means we can hook the car on behind the motor home tomorrow instead of Aileen having to drive it while I towed the RZR.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Yes, good thing we RVers make our plans in jello so we can change as needed.  The planned BBQ party at Bill's in Campbell has been postponed due to the excessive heat so we are staying a bit longer here at Charlie and Sheila's where we are able to run the AC in the afternoons.  We are still planning to go to the upper Island next week.
Received word last evening that my Dad's last brother had passed away.  He was 93 and still has one sister living.  They were from a family of eight as I am.  He was the only one older than me with the same last name although I have four older cousins.
My brother in law John R and I went for a couple of walks yesterday.  We first walked down some trails along the Trent River from the freeway picking up four geocaches.  We then dropped down the steep bank to the river and walked up it to the falls.  We had to climb up a steep trail with ropes for assistance then dropped down another trail back to the riverbed above the falls.  We walked along the riverbed for a couple of kms before stopping for lunch.
We later went to Brown's River to a spot John had heard of called the Medicine Bowls.  It turned out to be a great spot, although very dangerous in certain conditions.  Best to go on a dry day like we did as the drop offs would be very dangerous if the rocks were wet.  There were plaques honoring three young guys who died there.  Two of them were the same day!  All were from jumping in to the pools from the rocks.  Sad!  I took all today's photos with my little Canon SX50 but would like to go back to the Medicine Bowls with my bigger camera and tripod someday.

Trent River reflections

Trent River Falls at low water.  

Trent River, nice walking in low water

The river mostly runs through shale.  I liked the patterns in this piece of shale.

John and I had a nice place for lunch on a warm day

The Medicine Bowls on Brown's River are the rest of the images

The previous photo was taken from where John is standing

Further downstream

Below the last photo

After having the area to ourselves for a while, four young people showed up

A quiet side pool in the rocks

The lower falls and pool

The steep trail up from the lower falls