The Bushman Chronicles!

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  1. Switchblade

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    Nice!
    So, how far could you drive up? Was the gate open or perhaps taken down now?
    I have been up in that area years ago, when it was still open all the way back to Indian Arms.
    But then they put up a bloody gate and found all sorts of excuses (like washed out or damaged bridges, landslides, etc...) to keep that road closed. They even said that this area is the water source for the Squamish area and they have to keep people out ... (I had a few e-mail exchanges regarding this...)
    Anyhow, it's a beautiful area and I knew about two cabins in there.
     
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    I keep lots of firewood (including fatwood) in the underground parkade... :)
     
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    I got to KM 7 and the snow stopped me. At KM 10 the bridge has been actually REMOVED.....its just a chasm,,,,,,,,,

    cabins? PM details....i'm up for a hike!
     
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    oooh long story my Brother....I used to run a firewood thing out of the apt underground. Trade a cord of split dry maple / alder etc for tools or food or ?? . I had ten cords of wood in my parking stall.No one complained , NOT EVEN THE FIRE INSPECTOR! , it was all under fire sprinklers....but the manager, hard ass he was, was furious........lol so i had to liquidate the ten cords pronto.......

    so some dude in a $10,000,000 house in west van, got all that wood for $400 . Delivered , de-barked, stacked and with a cord of hand split cedar kindling.

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    Holy crap! I don't have anything near that amount...
     
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    April 9th, 2017 , sunny, 8 deg Celsius, slight breeze, Foundations Of A Bygone Era, ATV Dad & Daughter, Sleeping Doe, Sad Day In The SAR / Mountaineering Community......

    Late start today......actually I got up at the crack of dawn and fed PipSqueak & Miss Copper kitties,changed their magic nugget litter (LOL) and had a good long HOT soak in the tub (got a few muscle tweaks that are bugging me). Fired up the coffee pot and browsed the webz for a while. At around 0945 hours, I sat down on the bed and played string chase with PipSqueak for about a half hour. Woke up to two sleeping cats on my legs, around noon. Got up, more coffee, and off I went.

    Parked the rig in Britannia Beach, near an area I've wanted to walkabout for some time now. Once again, while donning the load bearing rig and the multicam pack, got some looks and more than a few vehicle slow downs....seriously? lol

    Flipped the bird at the freaks and dropped into the woods.

    Old Road into Old Town

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    patterns.....these i notice.....I'm probably the best person to take into the woods to find old settlements and towns and homesteads....I notice patterns.....like these trees in a row, the flat spots everywhere, the growth of fast growing alders and maples, VS the OLD douglas firs and pines.....

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    if you sit for awhile and just look, at everything, you start to see patterns. Soon you see an entire town in the overgrown forest.

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    Old main street

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    this is newer, private camping (the entire area) , but its still part of old town

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    old culvert from the copper mining era

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    someone determined to not let people in....

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    Sea To sky Rail line

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    History about to start.......I started finding old foundations, hand built rock walls and old tins, long taken over by the forest, yet still here for those who dare explore.......

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    foundations

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    old rock wall

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    old pottery shard

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    smaller foundation, possibly a root cellar

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    old gas pipes everywhere

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    view of Howe Sound thru the trees

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    sailboat tacking by

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    lots of deer signs, and tracks.

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    old metal remnants

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    old engines...i have no doubt that with a bit of work, a lot of penetrating oil, and a rebuild,.,,,,these would fire right up...

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    another old foundation, long gone to mother earth

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    walking thru the woods, looking back towards the ocean

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    old wire bound wood pipes and hydraulic lines and water pump hoses

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    Myself dropping thru The Looking Glass to Ocean

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    got down to the ocean and attempted to get around the point...but the rocks were too slippery and treacherous. I sounded the water right off the point with a lead weight and some braided fishing line...almost 45 feet deep . No room for error....slipping off the slick ocean cliff side into the ocean , seeing as i'm a POOR swimmer, would be disastrous...

    took photos of the amazing scenery instead of trying to proceed further East.

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    spring...yet fresh snowfall.....

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    time for Briar Time!

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    more, monday. STILL LOADING PICS

    vnv nation:

    I'd only come here seeking peace
    I'd only come here seeking me

    It seems I came to leave

    In your dream you see me clear
    I have no restraint, no fear
    Powerless I watched from faces I'd assumed
    My purpose set, my will defined
    Caress the air, embrace the skies

    Escape the sorrow and restraint of mortal cities

    Give me time I will be clear, given time you'll understand
    What ppossessesme to right what you have suffered
    I'm in this mood because of scorn, I'm in a mood for total war
    To the darkened skies once more and ever onward

    So many years I stood among
    The thoughts and tears of those I served
    Among my own I was alone through my own doing
    All the years I walked unknown behind the faces I assumed
    Powerless to clear your minds of what you'd suffered
    They fall again
    They fall again

    Give me time I will be clear, given time you'll understand
    What possesses me to right what you have suffered
    I'm in this mood because of scorn, I'm in a mood for total war
    To the darkened skies once more and ever onward
    There is no faith in which to hide, even truth is filled with lies
    Doubting angels fall to walk among the living
    I'm in this mood because of scorn, I'm in a mood for total war
    To the darkened skies once more and ever onward


    I'd only come here seeking peace
    I'd only come here seeking me

    It seems I came to leave
     
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    Nice pictures mate, if you end up over here I'll take you too a property I worked on where there us to be an old gold mine and small-town I haven't yet checked out 15 years ago it was barly visible like the ones you showed.
     
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    @Bushman5 I'm convinced that you live in the most beautiful area on earth!
     
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    And some good hockey! Kootenay, kamloops I'm not gonna mention the canucks Cuz........at this point I think the blazers could beat them:D
     
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    Vancouver CAN-NOTS!
     
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    So I wandered about for a good two hours in that area near the ocean side. I figure at one point there used to be several long rectangular warehouse type buildings and several dozen smaller house sized buildings. Found Ore cart gauge tracks leading to the water , there must have a barge dock on the ocean side.

    Whole lower area was approx 3/4 km x 1/2 km in size.

    Wandered up the old road to the upper area, found a few more foundations and remnants of a 2" fire system .

    More later.....
     
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    Could hear water under this one, its probably an old cistern. I made sure the top was concrete and solid , before walking on it...

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    walking up the road, north of the RR tracks, found a couple more areas with groomed trees and old foundations.

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    tomb sized, but not a tomb(er) <<<<groan I know :D

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    looking east down the RR tracks

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    old foundations (heavily overgrown but still standing) overlooking the RR tracks to the south

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    old gas lines

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    at this point I almost stepped on a DOE. Curled up in the leaves and sticks and brush. No fear, just raised its head, flicked its ears and lazily got up and wandered off a few feet. I gave it its space. We had a mutual understanding, she would let me take pictures, and I wouldn't get closer. It worked out well.

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    Deer wandered off up the small hill and stared at me, while eating green tips.

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    I carried on, Found old steps

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    old fire pipes

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    track

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    looks like an old gas tank

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    carried on and went into the tunnel that connects the old town with the old quarry (tunnel under highway 99, and big enough to drive trucks thru...though i don't think the big mine trucks came down this way.

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    looking down the creek
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    big enough to camp in and then some.....

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    another creek a few hundred feet north

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    old wreck, fire hose, hose hose....

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    there is a Local that chainsaw carves wood here.

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    40 years of Service, Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Dept - G. MCLAREN

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    environmental test well

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    mmm a pickled egg! LOL

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    old trailer, has a fridge and stove in it, bunch of stuff. Abandoned.

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    time goes by.....

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    At this point a Dad & Daughter came roaring up on an ATV. "nice outfit" he said. we laughed. Chatted a bit then carried on. I returned to the old town side and made my way down to the beach, to head back to the Jeep.

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    Behemoth......3' diameter trunk, and the roots were about 2 feet or so thick....

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    backpack full of big chopper knives,had something like ten blades with me, had planned to use them , but just didn't....lol

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    this was right underneath my Jeep! runs from the quarry...had i know it was here I would have been super stealthy and just walked thru it to the quarry, then thru the tunnel to the old town......no people contact!

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    thats it..... :)
     
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    Niiccceeee @Bushman5 , really enjoy this thread!!!
     
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    good thread. Down her in the south. People use that old fire hose .Nailed to there docks so the boats have something to rub on.
     
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