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  • Day1


    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The big house is the white building where James Douglas and Sir Mathew Begbie signed the documents in Nov proclaiming the colony of bc in 1858.

    the brown house at the far right was the outdoor cooking area, bbq, sink, eating area

    sunset is from the front "porch" of the tent !
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  • Day1

    What Cheer House -Otentik- our home away

    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    the tent......this is glamping!. we had a heater, bunk beds for 6, fridge, prep surface and table and chairs. although they didn't want you to eat inside the tent. lucky for us the weather was great and the undercover picnic area with sink and bbq area was great.

    the name of the tent 'what cheer house' was for the north american prospectors but was also the name of a hotel? overnight lodge? that Samuel Robertson opened. Samuel was an Orkney man,a boat builder at fort Langley who was married to a Kwantlen Chiefs Daughter. IN another display at the fort they have his families digs all set up. Because he was a boat builder he had a bit more luxurious accommodations. there was a four poster bed! and a more finished cupboard/china cabinet.

    this from a fort Langley website, the bit on Samuel Robertson-----who knows he may be a long lost relative as he was from Orkney and my Grandpa was a Robertson from Orkney too.....but grandpa came out to North America after WWI....

    "Two enterprising individuals who opened a business at Derby were Peter Baker and Samuel Robertson. Upset with the Hudson's Bay Company's policy regarding gold buying from Indians around Fort Kamloops, Baker came to Fort Langley where he persuaded Robertson to leave Yale's employ and go into partnership with him. Their "What Cheer House" at Derby (visible in Reverend Crickmer's drawing of the townsite) did a roaring business. The pair soon realized; however, that the center of activity was beginning to gravitate from Derby back to Fort Langley. As a result they abandoned the "What Cheer House" and opened the British Columbia Saloon Company just west of the fort palisades.

    The first man to pre-empt on the north side of the river was Samuel Robertson. In 1860 he had sold his interest in the saloon and with his Indian wife Julie and young son Donald became the first white settler on the north bank of the river. Baker followed suit. By 1863 Robertson had bought out his neighbours, which included Baker, and his 700 acres, known as Robertson Village, was the largest farm and landing on the river. Cherry trees and grape vines planted in the 1860s are still standing and producing on the original farm site.

    Samuel Robertson's brother George also came out to Langley from Scotland with his wife. Nicknamed 'Black' Robertson, he owned property south of the H.B.C. farm. After a short time he sold this land and returned to Scotland. "

    and another link to more info on Samuel Robertson:
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  • Day1

    eve walk to train station

    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    quick overnight trip to Fort Langley inside the fort. we got a key so we were able to leave the fort after it closed and return. Very nice to be inside after the public has left. we went for a walk to downtown Langley at the old train station where keith, kendra and damian had fun on the old vehicles used on the train tracksRead more

  • Day2

    deschutes state park

    June 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    walked along the river which was fairly high. Spring run off. Very windy still in the morning. No sites available to stay another night.

    Philadelphus lewesii was in blossom. heavenly scent as you walked down the path.

    there was a fire that went through the gorge last year and it was interesting to see what was burned and what was not... Very mosaic. Lots of greenery coming back where there was burn, but unfortunately i suspect a lot of it was the non native invasives.

    there was an outhouse previously and i am pretty sure that structure was burnt, but a bench maybe 50 feet from it was fine. it is interesting to see how fires in a smaller scale don't necessarily burn everything. The lecture we went to in the winter he said this was the normal pattern, a mosaic. We only have the big devastating fires these days because of our past suppression of fires. had we allowed them to go through on a more regular basis they would remain small. Patch works would not be touched and the burned areas would be reseeded from these unburnt areas. it will be interesting to see how this burn regeneration progresses over the next few years. there were quite a few large trees along the rivers edge that were burnt.
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  • Day1

    drive through the gorge

    June 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Drive down to Deschutes for first night. Very windy through the Columbia River gorge, and at the campsite too.

    Long delays getting through Seattle as usual.

    Vista house on the gorge first photo

    Multnomah falls 2nd pic

    last 2 are taken at Deschutes river state park
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  • Day6

    tortilla making stop

    April 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    next stop was to make traditional tortillas. they had a metal press that was more like a stool. the stove was a big wood burning platform where a rounded structure was on top. it was built up with bricks and a round metal pan was on top. this was where you cooked the tortilla. there was a layer of powder, limestone?? or just lime ??? that was on the stove top. Alejandro tried to explain the process to us, but from wikki: traditional corn is soaked in limestone to peal of the skin of the corn prior to it being ground. this soaking also allows vit b, niacin and a certain amino acid to become available when eaten. called Nixtamalization (see wikki :) ) the traditional round pan was made of clay, but today it is thin metal. wikki calls it a comal. much like my crepe pan. we will have to try this at home. my last attempt at home didn't work so well, and my attempt here even though the lady was helping, i didn't get it on the grill correctly and it a was a bit folded. But it tasted great.

    The traditional salsa was very spicy, in a granite bowl or maybe basalt 3 pestle bowl. these may be A molcajete - traditional mexican version of mortar and pestle. they were also at the resort next to the breakfast omlet making station where they also made a breakfast tortilla. they had salsa in them too at the resort, but not as spicy as this one!

    The prickly pear cactus that they use for eating has very small prickles so it is easy to prepare. not like the big ones we see growing at the side of the road.
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  • Day6

    Cascadas Magicas - on the Copalita river

    April 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    road trip out to Cascadas Magicas. the water falls Organized at the Hotel -Paraiso Huatulco - Alejandro (alex) was our tour guide and driver. He was very good.

    Cascadas Magicas is a foothill destination. Leafy foothill country laced with rivers, springs gurgling through sylvan, vine hung woodland, rich with birds mammals and butterflies. the headwaters of the Rio Copalita where you first hike a forest trail and then climb passing a gorgeous procession of Bubbling aqua blue cascades magical waterfall. (moon guide book Oaxaca)

    Our first stop was at a roadside home where they had anteaters, everyone piles out for pics...much like in Cuba when we visited the farm and they had some of the animals of the region. They also had a parakeet.

    Alejandro said that we were going up the Madonna Hill to a natural spring. 500 m elevation. The road we were following was an old trail in use for 9,000 yrs, caves in the area.

    the Copalita river is named for the Copalita tree which is a Mexican tree that produces a sap that is used for incense for over 2,500 yrs. this sap was used as incense in pre Hispanic rituals. maybe protium copal?? there are a couple of trees with common name of copal.

    Road side dwellings were pretty primitive, much like Cuba. stretcher block, open sides, kitchens, hammocks, chairs, metal roofs. some stores with the coca cola was interesting to see how many american products are sold in Mexico. For a country wanting to put up a wall they seem to want to sell an awful lot of stuff there.

    the tall tree i believe is the Ceiba tree. another type of central american tree sacred to the mayan. they were very tall and straight with smooth green bark.
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  • Day5

    Weaving looms in La Crucecita

    April 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    traditional weaving looms. Oaxaca is known for their woven blankets. fascinating display on the natural sources for the dyes. red comes from a little bug that lives on the prickly pear cactus. called cochineal. it is a scale insect, white on the plant but when dried and ground it becomes red.Read more

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