Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Snow Top Coastal Mountains

Our passages from McBride BC to Terrace, but not without a stopover in Burns Lake to visit some wonderful friends, good food, nature and a bit of advice taking us up to Nass Valley Rain Forest and Lava Lake.

A big coming out of McBride, a 12 foot bear carved from a tree.

As we look behind us heading next to Burns Lake, Bc.

I was promised by my best friend that he would take me to BC some day to meet his family and where his old stomping ground was. That never happened, he never will fulfil that promise as he passed away June 2013, leaving behind some wonderful people and memories. His mom Marie and I had met oh about 20 years ago, but his dad and sister who he talked so often about I'd not had the opportunity to ever meet. Over the years we stayed in touch and kept this little promise to each other of hope. I made it happen, we took the back roads and neandered our way up and around mountains until be stopped in God's country there on the Lake, Francois Lake.

Carol, put out feed in the early morning and the swans came right up and ate where we could watch them show off

Next after coffee a deer came to graze not far away from the window where we sat and had great conversation and got to know each other.

We left shortly after noon with promise and hope, saying good bye and making promise to meet again some day perhaps this time in PEI after Kenny gives Guy two bags of moose meat, one ground into hamburg the other lovely strips of sirloin. Guy and I drove off feeling a sense of family. Not far down the road after I thought about the moose hide hanging and the tool shop and the storyteller did Guy say you know, Ken reminds me a lot like your father.

We drove into the night and found the snow covered road and fog was just getting too much so we pulled over at a rest stop and stayed the night.


The next morning



we woke to this

right there beside us

When we took the dog out for a wee pee there they were these beautiful snow top Coastal Mountains

It was cloudy and we waited as long as we could. The morning sun was heating up the cloud and fog and starting to lift when we drove off.


Our day was filled with more adventure as we were off to visit Nass Valley as recommended by Carol, thank you it was another Wow!

From Terrace we got on Hwy 113 heading north west to Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park winding roads, up the side of the mountain and back down again


over small creeks and through windshield whippers until

we arrived at the lava bed

The rain stopped when we arrived and the sun came out

The lava bed is covered in lichens = the dust from the road and debris left from leaves attaches itself to the creveses in the lava rock until it gets moisture and starts to grow a moss like formation





A turned over mushroom from a carless hiker last visiting the path

The lava took the life out of everything in it's track



After our climb

We drove and measured the lava formation for 12 klm.

Then we stopped to visit Vetter Falls


Natural Rain Forests

Drip from way overhead off the tall evergreens

It was a fairy land adventure



The Falls



It's getting dark, we better head back but not until I check out this size of this old tree


ha ha ha, I guess Guy couldn't get the other side of the tree in the picture.

I hope you enjoyed my last few days. Tonight we are nestling in with a bag of roulette doritos and netflix,

Good night,

God bless












Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! What a beautiful place . Glad you got to see your friends family . I do like the bear carvings . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

September Violets said...

Stunning views again!! Love the shots of the mountain tops rising out of the mist. Makes it look like they're floating. So nice that you could meet up with your friend's family, and I'm sure he knew you finally fulfilled your pact ;) Aren't those massive pines amazing?! You look like a fairy folk beside it! Enjoy! Wendy x

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow. I love those foggy mountain views in the morning. Beautiful countryside! So happy you got to meet your friends after all that time! Blessings for safe travels. Hugs. Pam

Janus said...

That big carving of the bear was impressive. I'm sorry to hear about your best friend passing away a year ago. but how great that you got a chance to build on your friendship with his family. Mountains in the mist - fantastic. and the pics of the lichen were surprisingly pretty.
This was an epic posting. Thanks for bringing me alone.

Janus said...

That was supposed to say "Thanks for bringing me along. I realize that there are others on this trip with you.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

what glorious scenery you are seeing Cindy ... wish I was right there along with you.

Amy at love made my home said...

How great that you got to meet your friends family, I am sure they enjoyed it too. That bear is amazing isn't it! xx

Lynne said...

Wonderful, gorgeous sightings . . .
Love the snow covered mountains . . . What beauty!

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a nice story, that you got to finally meet some people who were so dear to your late friend and have promised to meet again.

Your photos are so beautiful, the mountains, the lichen, everything! Foolishly, I have not yet visited British Columbia.