John's Trip to Strathcona Park (August 1996)
Some of my friends and I decided
(after much e-mail) to take a weekend up at Strathcona Park on Vancouver
Island. This little pic is our camp site. It rained when we arrived, and
a little off and on while we were there, but overall, it was beautiful.
Of course, as soon as we got
there we reverted to our natural states. I being an engineer (or just plain
man) decided it was time to pursue the stupid - dam a river. Over the course
of the weekend we made many additions to our dam. Of course we like to believe
what we do affects things (like the salmon migration) but the lake that this
river feeds into is dead. (It's artificial. Mike's feet had more life in
The lake that makes this valley
so beautiful was created by BC Hydro in the 50s. I think it provides power,
but I don't know. There are still stumps in the lake from when the basin
Saturday, our first real day
there, we went on a hike up Ralph River. The river has cut a canyon in the
rock, so there are many rapids and waterfalls. The water (as far as we could
tell) is from rain and a glacier.
a larger hike. What you can't see in this picture is the sign that says "CAUTION
Bears in area" and the fact that we have only 2 liters of water between all
of us. (Mark was clever enough to bring a canteen, but it's getting warm
in the car.) The hike was again beautiful. We started in near rain forest
(very springy path) and climbed into alpine.
The hike up was long, and
some of the members of our group had a bit of a problem with the ascent.
(They should get off their comp sci butts!)
When we reached the top,
we were treated to an amazing vista. Some of our party wanted to hike to
the glacier (ME!), but we would not have made it with everyone. (Water was
a problem.) After a blissful lunch we meandered off the mountain, and wished
for a 7-Eleven.
The people that went on this trip:
If you're planning on Going:
- Learn how to camp with bears around
- Expect rain
- Get a good map
Some of the known sites:
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