Monday, July 28, 2008

Zuckerberg in Winter

I came across these today, having forgotten they were on my computer. They were taken this past winter by my dad, who hikes even in the snow!

The meeting of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, from Zuckerberg Island.

The house/museum is closed during the winter, but the island remains available for walking around.

The (sort of) famous suspension bridge.

The mighty Columbia, from the island.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Zuckerberg Island

On a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon, my dad and I walked to this local historical site, where my sister-in-law is working for the summer. Fuller story here. Information about the site can be found here.

Suspension bridge to the island, which my dad helped build when he was in the military. It's fallen into disrepair now, but might be repaired in the future.

Zuckerberg's house.

Detail of the front porch, and the famous "mask" that adorns the archway above. Creepy.
Remnants of the pit houses used by the Sinixt people who originally inhabited the island.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Arrow Lakes

Both the Upper and Lower Arrow lakes are part of the Columbia River water system. We are very fortunate to have many lovely, large-ish lakes here in the Kootenays, and the Arrows are my favourite, in addition to Slocan Lake.

Upper Arrow, from the Galena Bay ferry, July 2005. The ferry is part of the highway system and riding is free of charge.

Lower Arrow Lake at sunset, from Syringa Creek Park.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rising Waters

Here is what the Lower Arrow Lake looked like (at Syringa Creek) on May long weekend, when I was out there then.

During my recent camping trip, I couldn't take a picture from the same spot, because this very spot was completely underwater. Here is a photo from the trail I took to get to the beach back in May.

The reason: late melting from surrounding mountains. Pretty incredible, if you ask me.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wildlife Shots

I went camping last weekend for the first time in 10 years. It was awesome. I also managed to get some decent pictures of a few camping creatures I saw during my stay.

A big bug. I have no idea what it is, but it liked the toilet stall in the women's can.

Columbia Ground Squirrel. Isn't he sweet? He was quite brave and spent some time in out campsite cruising for left-overs.

Here, he's drinking left-over grape juice from my sister-in-law's cup. He got purple whiskers.

Butterflies at the beach. Gorgeous!

I have more photos to post in the coming days.

Pictures of some of our camping grub are here.