Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The two Arctic Foxes at Ida Lake

Looking down on Ida Lake - the campsite is at the far end

Kokish River pics

Little black bear (he was right here as I was uploading this post- got a pic about 100 feet away!)

Water lily taken from Zodiak

Red Elderberry

This helicopter had a lady pilot

Helicopter dropping water

High mountain lake reflection

Watching a fire across Bonanza Lake

Kokish River pics

Your thoroughly modern woman on the internet way up the mountain

Can't see the screen

Old time photographer method to the rescue!
And no, we didn't get rained on. I'm doing this post from the same spot, with my head swiveling around looking for the bear as I have Mitzy with me. I rigged up a box on the front of the quad for her and she seemed to enjoy it.........................................................

It’s been a week since my last post. We moved up Island to Port McNeill last Friday and after visiting Aileen’s sister for a couple hours, we all moved our trailers down to Ida Lake recreation area which is 12 kms up a gravel logging road inland from Beaver Cove. We are still here. We will probably move tomorrow as we are running low on groceries. John and Anne have been commuting to work from here using his work truck. Both our trucks are still connected to our trailers and ours is trapped as it is nosed into the trees with the trailer behind so we’re unable to just drive for groceries or visit other family.

There has been a campfire ban because of the earlier dry conditions and there are several small forest fires burning in this area. Right across from us is a staging area for firefighters so we have had a ringside seat watching the helicopters moving the men up to the mountain and back. We’ve also seen the choppers dropping water on the fires. We’ve had quite a bit of rain the past couple days and today the logging trucks are running again.

John kindly left us his Honda four wheeler so Aileen and I have done some exploring of logging roads. Yesterday, we went up above here and took our phone and laptop. We were able to check for messages and emails. The sad thing was learning of our friend Natalie’s passing near the end of July. That came in a note from our friends in Sarnia, Ontario, Bill and Joyce. Aileen and I had visited Natalie at the end of May and had a good visit and we wondered then if she’d be there for us to visit in September. She had been an avid reader of this blog and emailed me comments periodically. We saw two deer and a bear. The night before, John and I had gone up with his work truck and seen a bear and a marten. Last night John and I went looking for, and found, an abandoned marble quarry. John had his 10 foot Zodiak boat here the first few days and Aileen and I rowed out one day for some water lily pictures. Another time she and Anne (and the dogs) rowed out to a little island. They ended up being there longer than planned as the wind picked up in the wrong direction.

John and I have done a fair bit of exploring along the Kokish River which is only a few minutes walk from here. It has some beautiful little canyons and much of them are inaccessible. Being rain forest, walking along the bank is not too easy in most places. Fortunately, there are some old trails in spots and for one section there is some new activity which John thinks had to do with a proposal to use some of the water for hydro generation downstream. There is salal way higher than your head and along with other plants and vines and windfall trees, walking becomes a challenge. We have found some nice waterfalls and huge deep pools to make the effort worthwhile.

Suppers have been a group affair and a couple of nights, J&A’s son Dennis, April and their two kids have joined us. We have been doing pretty well with our solar panels even though there hasn’t been lots of sun. We used John’s generator a couple times to charge the laptops and run the vacuum and microwave and give the batteries a boost.


  1. Wow! Love the thoroughly modern woman utilizing the olden-times photographer method! Mom told me about the (mis)adventure she & Anne had in the Zodiak... glad they sat it out! Bud & Mitzy didn't mind the extra exploring?

  2. Hi John and Aileen. Clay Anderson here, I met you at the Herd reunion. I am presently back in Edmonton, back to work eh.

    I was just reading your blog here about being in Port McNeil. Are you still there, that is I know Beaver Cove but it is close. Have you been in touch with my dad? He lives there you know and would love to hear from you, I am sure.

    Well I will keep this short for now but it was nice meeting you and I hope your travels carry you well.