Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday 28th July 2015.....out with the old!!!!!

My computer is on its last legs now so i have bought a used computer fom my techie guy and tonight and tomorrow he is transfering all my data  and i should get it back tomorrow night so i am happy with that so i am writing this on my little Nexus.
Met karen this morning and we went for a hike with her dog Lilly but also had Lilly,s brother with us too...then Karen cooked breakfast whist we had a visit.
I then went shopping and home around 4 o clock and relaxed and had a sandwich before I went to the tennis club at 7pm for 2 hours of really hard but great men's singles and now on the couch tired but content!!!!
just seeing if i remember how to get photos on the blog from the notebook......my family in England.
Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday 27th July 2015..the sun returns!!!

 

  It was a beautiful morning which I spent doing some planning and booking….one of my adventures on the south island of new  Zealand   will be this hike listed below 

Milford Hiking Adventure

Once described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, with approximately 14000 people completing the Milford track each year. This website aims to be a comprehensive information resource on the Milford Track, letting you have all in the information you need in one place. We cover the walk itself, the history of the track, where it's actually located and you'll also find some photos taken by people on the walk. We hope this site answers all the questions you may have.

Interestingly the track may only be walked in one direction, Glade Wharf to Milford Sound, during the booked walking season (late October to late April), with a maximum of 40 independent walkers permitted to start the track each day. Otherwise the track quickly becomes overcrowded and the damage to the environment increases.

The huge valleys that you'll see throughout you trek along the Milford Track are the result of glaciation over the last two million years, these glaciers carved there way through the landscape leaving behind these U-shaped valleys , ice-gouged ledges and the hanging valleys of tributary streams.

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Beech trees dominate the forest of the lower clinton, beyond Mintaro the track climbs above the forest through sub-alpine scrub and into the tussocks and alpine herb communities of the pass. The higher rainfall and milder temperatures in the lower Arthur Valley produce a more diverse forest. Ferns, mosses and lichens are abundant around the track. To get a better idea of what you'll see when you're walking why not have a look at the Gallery section of this website. It includes photos people have taken while walking the Milford Track.

If you would like to read a day-to-day break down of exactly what the Milford Track entails, 

Milford Track

Most trampers take the launch across Lake Te Anau, a pleasant trip that is a good introduction to the area. The Milford Track is rated easy, but keep in mind it’s a four-day tramp with up to six hours of walking each day.

Stage 1: Glade Wharf to Neale Burn Hut

Time: 1 hour

The track from the wharf is a wide 4WD trail which was once used by packhorses to carry supplies to the huts. In 15 minutes, it passes Glade House, the official start of the Milford Track. The track crosses the Clinton River on a large swing bridge, and continues along the true right (west) side as a gentle path without a stone or a blade of grass out of place. The lower portion of the Clinton, from here to the confluence with the north branch of the Clinton River, has excellent trout fishing.

At one point, the track offers an impressive view of the peaks next to Dare Pass, but most of the walk along the river is through beech forest. It takes only an hour to reach Nealle Burn Hut, the first hut for independent walkers, after leaving the launch at the wharf, This new 40-bunk hut was built after the Clinton Forks Hut was removed in 1997 when the river was threatening to carry it away. At one point it was possible to step off the porch of the Clinton Forks Hut and look at a 3m drop into the Clinton River. Neale Burn Hut has two bunkrooms of 20 beds each, a dining/ common room and an extensive verandah, where you can sit and enjoy the views. Everything is connected by decking and future plans call for an interpretative boardwalk tour of the adjacent swamp. All independent walkers must spend the first night here because the hut at Mintaro will be fully used by the party that left Glade Wharf the previous day.

Stage 2: Neale Burn Hut to Mintaro Hut

Time: 5- 5.5 hours

neale Milford TrackThe track continues alongside the Clinton River to Clinton Forks, the site of die first overnight halt for independent walkers until 1998. Beyond Clinton Forks, the track heads up the West Branch of the Clinton River. A couple of kilometres past Clinton Forks, the track clambers over the debris from a major landslip in 1982. The avalanche blocked the river and created the lake to the right of the track; dead trees emerge from the water. Whispy waterfalls feather down on both sides of the valley, and a short walk to the left leads to a waterfall view. About Win further along, the guided walkers have a lunch stop near the Hirere Falls. About 4km past Clinton Forks the valley becomes noticeably narrower, with granite walls boxing it in on both sides.

Mackinnon Pass, further up the valley, conies into view for the first time and a short side track curves west (left) to Hidden Lake, on the far side of which is a towering waterfall. The track remains in beech forest until it comes to the Prairies, the first grassy flat. Prairie Lake, at the start of this stretch, is a good place for a swim, since the water is marginally warmer than other lakes in the valley. There are good views from here towards Mt Fisher (1 878m) to the west and Mackinnon Pass to the north. The track reenters bush and begins a rocky climb to the first bus stop shelter, a gloomy lunch stop

9km from Clinton Forks, and then to the deluxe Pompolona Hut, the second night stop for guided walkers.

The track crosses Pompolona Creek via an impressive swing bridge and continues its winding course over low scrub. There are many frame bridges along this stretch before the track ascends more steeply as it passes a side track to St Quintin Falls and eventually works its way to Lake Mintaro and Mintaro Hut. The hut is a 3.5km walk beyond Pompolona Hut. If the weather is clear, you might want to stash your pack and continue to Mackinnon Pass (1073m) to be assured of seeing the impressive views without obstruction from clouds or rain. The pass is a 11/2 to two-hour climb from the hut, and offers a spectacular( ar view at sunset on a clear evening.

Stage 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut

Time: 6 hours

The track leaves the hut, swings west with the valley and resumes its climb to Mackinnon Pass. It crosses Clinton River a second time and begins to follow a series of switchbacks out of the bush and into the alpine sections of the route. After 4km at a knee-bending angle, the track reaches the large memorial cairn that honours the discovery of this scenic spot by Quintin Mackinnon and Ernest Mitchell, in 1888.

The track then levels out and crosses the rest ofthe alpine pass and there are impressive views all around of the Clinton and Arthur valleys and several nearby peaks. The two most prominent ~s on the pass are Mt Hart (1782m) and Mt Balloon (1 853m). If the weather is fair, trampers like to spend some extra time at the pass; if it isn’t, they can’t get off it fast enough.

 Milford TrackThe track passes several tarns, ascends to the highest point of the walk at 1154m and reaches Mackinnon Pass Shelter before swinging north for the descent. From the pass to Quintin Hut, the track drops 870m over a span of 7km. Soon, the track arrives at Roaring Burn stream, crosses it and reenters the bush. The stream, with its many beautiful waterfalls and rapids is an impressive sight, but the long series of wooden and pierced metal stairways and lookout platforms which trips down the valley beside the stream is almost as eye catching. It was constructed for the 1996-97 tramping season. There are fine views of Dudleigh Falls shortly before Quintin Hut. Quintin, another private hut, has an airstrip, several buildings for guided trampers and a day-use shelter for independent walkers. Nearby is Beech Hut, an historic reconstruction of one of the primitive huts from the early days of the Milford Track. You should consider leaving your pack at Quintin Hut and following the spur to Sutherland Falls (a 1.5 -hour round trip). They are an awesome sight and, for many, the highlight of the tramp.

The track leaves Quintin Hut and descends Gentle Annie Hill, re-entering thick forest, which is often slippery and wet. Here there’s another impressive stretch of wooden walkway, and within 31cm (an hour’s walk) of Quintin Hut, the track arrives at Dumpling Hut (40 bunks), a welcome sight after a long day over the pass.

Stage 4: Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point

Time: 5.5 – 6 hours

The last leg of the Milford Track is an 18km walk to a shelter on Sandfly Point. The tramp takes most people between five and six hours, and if you plan to meet the 2 pm launch to Milford, you should be out of Dumpling Hut no later than 8 am.

The track descends back into bush from the hut, and soon the roar of Arthur River is heard as the track closely follows the true right (east) bank. After a two-hour walk of 6km from the hut, the track reaches the private Boatshed Shelter (a morning tea stop for guided walkers) and then crosses the Arthur River on a large swing bridge. Just beyond the swing bridge, the track crosses a bridge over Mackay Creek, then comes to the side track to Mackay Falls and Bell Rock. Both natural wonders are a short walk from the main track and worth the time it takes to see them, especially Bell Rock, where the water has eroded a space underneath large enough to stand in. The Mackay Falls may not be a patch on the Sutherland Falls, but they’re still a feature to have your name on!

milford walk new zealand Milford TrackThe track begins to climb a rock shoulder of the valley, laboriously cut with axes a century ago, above Lake Ada. At one point there is a view of the lake all the to the valley of Joes River. From here, track descends to Giant Gate Falls, the falls on a swing bridge before contuing along the lakeshore. The open shelter just before Giant Gate Falls is a lunch stop if it’s dry. It takes about an hour to follow the lake past Doughboy Shelter, (private hut for guided walkers) through wide open flats at the end of the valley the shelter at Sandfly Point.

Though it is important to be on time to meet the boat at 2 or 3 pm, Sandfly Point not a place to spend an afternoon – it’s a haven for (you guessed it) sandflies. Fortunately, the shelter at the point is reasonably sandfly-proof. The sign marking the end the track is festooned the boots of walkers’ that have made it to the end of the walk not a single step further

 

If you have the time Google Milford track.net and watch the 18 minute video!!!!

If you do watch the video you will hear mention at the times the luxury accommodation offered by some companies and I have treated myself and booked with a company called Ultimate hikes…I carry my own back back but they provide and cook all the meals and the huts are very well equipped…it should be a fabulous 5 days!!!!

I had the usual Monday afternoon of two different groups of tennis…4 hours in total with a break in between it was very hot but I kept well hydrated and the tennis was really good…..did not get home till 7 o clock and Heather had another lovely meal waiting and then I soaked in the tub, loved that…..and there you go another day done.

I lost a friend today….Gordie passed away this morning after a few years of being very ill my best wishes and prayers go out to Annie and her family!!!

 

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday 26th July 2015….a long road walk!!!!

A bit dreary this morning but a break from the hot sunny days which are coming again tomorrow….I decided to get my hiking boots on and go for a long hike and incorporate looking in the Mall to get some idea on computers and I also need to buy a suitcase…the walk took me down by Long Lake which is quite lovely…

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I saw this person and wondered what they were doing

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and here is the answer

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I went by a retirement home and saw this sign!!!

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At the Mall I sat for a while and read a newspaper and this article was inside…

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I also liked this sign I saw in a store

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So looked at a few computers and now I know what I think I need and I did buy a really nice suitcase….340 dollars on sale for 90 dollars also bought some good head phones for my I pod and then hiked home….altogether about 14km so a good workout.

Late afternoon I watched a local soccer game on TV and Heather cooked a lovely dinner and here it is 10 o clock already…

Thanks to Larry for this joke!!!

Good Old Ukrainian 

It was raining hard and a big puddle had formed in front of the Smoky Lake beer parlor.

An old man stood beside the puddle holding a stick with a string on the end and jiggled it up and down in the water.

A curious gentleman asked what he was doing.

'Fishing,' replied the old man.

'Poor old fool' thought the gentleman, so he invited the old man to have a drink in the pub.

Feeling he should start some conversation while they were sipping their beer, the gentleman asked, 'And how many have you caught today?'

'You're the eighth.'

 

  I also enjoyed this article…

Walk of faith: 500km of sugar, storms and blisters

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Bob Walker mid-point in his pilgrimage

 

The Caminho da Fe is one of the longest Catholic pilgrimage routes in the world, stretching 500km (310 miles) across south-eastern Brazil - it's also one of the newest. Bob Walker joined the faithful on their trek to Aparecida.

There are many places you'd rather not be when a storm of biblical proportions breaks above your head. At the top of a tall building. Underneath a big tree. Or hopelessly lost in the middle of a gigantic sugar cane plantation.

Things on the Caminho da Fe were not going to plan. The painted yellow arrows that are supposed to guide you 500km had disappeared. Then it began to rain. And rain. The red earth track that cuts through the sugar cane turned into an strength-sapping quagmire. Then the lightning began, striking the ground all around me. For hours I plodded on through the tall sugar cane which blocked any view of the horizon.

Long path stretching out through plants

I stumbled across two plantation workers taking shelter in a hut. They invited me in, gave me coffee and indicated that the rain was set for the day. I had to push on despite their warnings. They each gave me a gift which did little to lift my spirits. A torch and a silver space blanket - the kind you use to prevent hypothermia.

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Then a small miracle on the Path of Faith. A pickup truck driven by Alan and his pal Marcio. What they were doing in that confusing vastness of interconnected tracks I never found out. But they drove me to a workers' bar hidden deep in the plantation and bought me beer and sausages. Then they drove me even further, bouncing and skidding into the crops before suddenly flying on to a concrete road which led to civilisation and a hot shower. They refused any payment.

The Caminho da Fe was set up in 2003 by Almiro Grings after he twice walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Inspired, he set about establishing a network of hostels and hotels leading to Aparecida - the holiest site in the world's largest Catholic country.

Map showing the route of the Caminho da Fe pilgrimage in Brazil

Three hundred years ago local fishermen dredged up a tiny clay statue of the Madonna and down the centuries it's been credited with numerous miracles. It's now in the huge basilica of Aparecida which was built in the 1950s to house this object of national veneration.

Last year 12 million pilgrims came to visit. It's thought that more than 30,000 have walked or cycled there along the Camino da Fe, crossing those endless sugar cane and coffee plantations and slogging up the beautiful but challenging climbs of the Mantiqueira mountains.

It's a strange time to set up what is probably the newest Catholic pilgrimage trail in the world. The Church in Brazil is fast losing members to the charismatic and increasingly powerful evangelical churches. Thousands attend their televised services and evangelical leaders have become politically influential.

Bob's shadow on the dusty ground

"Many people don't understand the complicated rituals and liturgy of the Catholic Church," one fellow trekker told me as we chatted over a beer. "The evangelicals speak to the poor and they promise everything. But they also ask for a tenth of your wages."

I've walked the Camino de Santiago and most people I met were not doing it for religious reasons. But in Brazil it was different. I saw macho lycra-clad cyclists gather in a circle to say morning prayers. And a recently retired policeman from Sao Paulo told me he was making the pilgrimage to thank God he ended his career without getting shot.

Cyclist-pilgrims join together for morning prayers Cyclist-pilgrims join together for morning prayers

Back at the start I'd asked Almiro which was harder - Santiago or his Caminho. He sat back in his chair and laughed. "The Caminho de Santiago is longer," he said, "but the Caminho de Fe is much harder - many mountains."

I walked 965km (600 miles) across Spain without a blister. But the hard-packed earth track in Brazil took its toll. On the fifth day I'd planned to hitchhike but not one driver stopped.

Palm tree by side of dusty road Still no sign of Aparecida...

At one point a bus halted in the middle of a clearing. I yelled and began limping towards salvation. The driver merely looked at me, closed the door and drove off - leaving me jumping up and down on the spot in a fit of incoherent rage. But I can honestly say that was the only person who refused to help me during my three weeks on the trail. Most people seemed amazed to see a hapless Englishman walking alone, and I lost count of the number of free drinks I was given.

I did make it to Aparecida - despite the hills, blisters, and tarantula spiders. Apparently I was now a minor celebrity and was interviewed by a religious TV channel.

"And what did you like most about the Brazil pilgrimage Bobby?" I was asked. I thought of the mountains, the stunning night skies and the Caipirinha cocktails. "The people I met," I said. It's always the people.

The basilica in Aparecida The pilgrimage's final destination - the basilica in Aparecida... The shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida ... and the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

 

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday 25th July 2015……a pleasant Saturday!!!

I had tennis this morning at 10 am and it was a good two hours some very competitive games and afterwards I went to see my friend Annie and drove her around to a few stores and then the rest of the day at home.

I know it is not a pulsating blog today but often my thoughts today turned to my life and my future and just how blessed I am to have my health and so many wonderful caring people in my life…today for me was one of thankfulness!!!!

 

My computer is on its last legs now and I do need to get another one so that will be my chore tomorrow but with so many lap tops out there hard to know what to get…..

Interesting article below….

 

 

 

Several sources in the financial industry say they are seeing a spike in fraud on customer cards used at ATMs in Mexico. The reason behind that apparent increase hopefully will be fodder for another story. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at a pair of ATM skimming devices that were found this month attached to a cash machine in Puerto Vallarta — a popular tourist destination on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, municipal police in Puerto Vallara arrested a man who had just replaced the battery in a pair of skimming devices he or an associate had installed at an ATM in a busy spot of the town. This skimming kit targeted certain models of cash machines made by Korean ATM manufacturer Hyosung, and included a card skimming device as well as a hidden camera to record the victim’s ATM card PIN.

Here’s a look at the hidden camera installed over the compromised card reader. Would you have noticed anything amiss here?

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The tiny pinhole camera was hidden in a molded plastic fascia designed to fit over top of the area directly above the PIN pad. The only clue that something is wrong here is a gap of about one millimeter between the PIN capture device and the actual ATM. Check out the backside of the false front:

The backside of the false fascia shows the location of the hidden camera.

The backside of the false fascia shows the location of the hidden camera.

The left side of the false fascia (as seen from the front, installed) contains the battery units that power the video camera:

Swapping the batteries out got this skimmer scammer busted. No wonder they included so many!

Swapping the batteries out got this skimmer scammer busted. No wonder they included so many!

The device used to record data from the magnetic stripe as the customer inserts his ATM card into the machine is nothing special, but it does blend in pretty well as we can see here:

The card skimming device, as attached to a compromised ATM in Puerto Vallarta.

The card skimming device, as attached to a compromised ATM in Puerto Vallarta.

Have a gander at the electronics that power this badboy:

 

According to a local news clipping about the skimming incident, the fraudster caught red-handed was found in possession of a Carte Vitale card, a health insurance card of the national health care system in France.

 

The French health care card found on the man apprehended by Mexican police. Image: Noticiaspv.com

The man gave his name as Dominique Mardokh, the same name on the insurance card. Also, the picture on the insurance card matched his appearance in real life; here’s a picture of Mardokh in the back of a police car.

According to the news site Noticiaspv.com, the suspect was apprehended by police as he fled the scene in a vehicle with license plates from Quintana Roo, a state nearly 2,500 km away on the Atlantic side of Mexico that is the home of another very popular tourist destination: CancĂșn.

Ironically, the healthcare card that identified this skimmer scammer is far more secure than the bank cards he was allegedly stealing with the help of the skimming devices. That’s because the healthcare card stores data about its owner on a small computer chip which makes the card difficult for thieves to duplicate.

Virtually all European banks and most non-US financial institutions issue chip-and-PIN cards (also called Europay, Mastercard and Visa or EMV), but unfortunately chip cards have been slow to catch on in the United States. Most US-based cards still store account data in plain text on a magnetic stripe, which can be easily copied by skimming devices and encoded onto new cards.

For reasons of backward compatibility with ATMs that aren’t yet in line with EMV, many EMV-compliant cards issued by European banks also include a plain old magnetic stripe. The weakness here, of course, is that thieves can still steal card data from Europeans using skimmers on European ATMs, but they need not fabricate chip-and-PIN cards to withdrawal cash from the stolen accounts: They simply send the card data to co-conspirators in the United States who use it to fabricate new cards and to pull cash out of ATMs here, where the EMV standard is not yet in force.

This skimmers found in Mexico (where most credit cards also are identified by microchip) abuse that same dynamic: Undoubtedly, the thieves in this scheme compromised ATMs at popular tourist destinations because they knew these places were overrun with American tourists.

In October 2015, U.S. merchants that have not yet installed card readers which accept more secure chip-based cards will assume responsibility for the cost of fraud from counterfeit cards. While most experts believe it may be years after that deadline before most merchants have switched entirely to chip-based card readers (and many U.S. banks are only now thinking about issuing chip-based cards to customers). Unfortunately, that liability shift doesn’t apply to ATMs in the U.S. until October 2017.

Whether or not your card has a chip in it, one way to defeat skimmers that rely on hidden cameras (and that’s most of them) is to simply cover the PIN pad with your hand when entering your PIN: That way, if even if the thieves somehow skim your card, there is less chance that they will be able to snag your PIN as well. You’d be amazed at how many people fail to take this basic precaution. Yes, there is still a chance that thieves could use a PIN-pad overlay device to capture your PIN, but in my experience these are far less common than hidden cameras (and quite a bit more costly for thieves who aren’t making their own skimmers).

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday 24th July 2015…and then it rained!!!!!

During the night there was a torrential rainstorm but I knew my tennis would not be cancelled like it was in San Miguel because the club has the bubble with 4 courts inside..so at 9am I was off to the club and two great hours of tennis.

When I came out it had stopped raining but very cloudy and a cooler day.

I went and had tea and a visit with Inga and caught up on her news I have not seen her since I went to the wedding celebration a month ago, that is how quickly time goes by!!!!

Home for the afternoon and got down to making some bookings for New Zealand….. some of the things I want to do there have to be booked and they book fast so I came up with a plan……the country is divided into two islands North and South and both are totally different and I know I cannot see and do everything so what I have done is taken a map of the north island and circled all the things I want to see and the towns I want to go to and now am figuring out the best way to see them…I do not want to travel on a fixed schedule but I do want to have some idea of where and which area I shall be in……the two firm commitments that I have  booked are to go on the Milford track hike with a company (google Milford Track rated in the top five hikes in the world)more on that another day.  The other booking I have made firm plans are to house sit for a couple in Christchurch from 18th December to 13th January, they have a dog so no overnight trips from there but lots of day outings……

The next thing on the agenda for me is the BC senior games which start in just over a month.

 

 

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I’m so excited to invite B.C.’s 55+ athletes and competitors of all kinds to the beautiful North Shore for the 55+ BC Games to be held August 25th – 29th. The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver are posed to present the best games ever. For Life, For Sport and Friends says it all. Come and enjoy the friendly competition, the beautiful scenery and the amazing people who call North Vancouver home. From Dragon Boating to a Thursday night event you will not want to miss, this year’s games promises to deliver the very best the North Shore has to offer. We hope to welcome 4000 participants and be serviced by 2000 volunteers! It will be a busy time so plan early for an unforgettable experience in North Vancouver in August 2015.

Brad Lund, President

As you know I have entered into the tennis events..singles and then mixed doubles with my partner Trish…..we are in the 65-69 years age group and I have no idea what to expect but I do know it is a huge event and well organized….I have already booked an apartment for myself for 5 days….more on that later.

Heather, Kirby and I sat down after a wonderful dinner and watched a Canadian football game, very entertaining.

Wish all my readers a great and safe and hay weekend!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday 23 July 2015…..shortest blog ever!!!

Great tennis this morning.

Great visit with Karen this afternoon.

Great win at poker tonight…one dollar!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday 22nd July 2015…you need refreshments this is long!!!!!

As I thought I had no Internet last night so this is a post of my two day trip to the wild and rugged west coast.  If Vancouver Island is not on your destination bucket list before today it should be after seeing some of these sights…a truly amazing Island!!!

So let’s go bakc to yesterday and I was loaded up and out the door by 8.30am for the  drive which is just over 2 hours.

I passed this ladies dress store on the way and I am still not sure if I approve of their signage!!!

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The drive is on a single lane twisty road with wonderful views and stopping places..

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I pulled into here to see the small river

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The fence here is covered with locks

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I think the significance is lovers locking in their hearts to each other..this is the first one I have seen in Canada…when I was in Spain last year on the Camino they were everywhere from small villages to the big cities!!!!

Love lock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.[1] Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love, Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are sometimes treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are authorities that embrace them, and that use them as fundraising projects or tourism attractions.

I stopped at the Visitors information Centre and bought my parks pass getting my senior discount..interesting sign outside….

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A few minutes I was in

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and my accommodation for the night.

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As you know I nearly always stay in airbnb places but could not find one here so I booked this through another lodging site Booking.com and a good job as there were no vacancies anywhere this coast is a huge tourist attraction area.

It was a little expensive at 130 dollars as most places here are but what a lovely cabin but it did need a female companion ….

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I unpacked and then went out on the first of three hikes…

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The first was a loop trail through beautiful forest

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did not see any of these

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The trail then skirted the cliff to with views to remember!!!

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The second hike was a return walk on the cliff top…

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Heather and Kirby’s oldest son Ben, is a top ranked kayak guide and with his girl friend Mia, they are working out here for the summer….it is a huge responsibility he takes families out of 4 day kayak trips…..Heather had sent a care package for me to bring them and luckily enough Ben had just arrived back at the base from one of his trips!!!!

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In the parking lot!!!!

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I arrived back at the cabin around 6 o clock and relaxed and had dinner and then at 9pm went out for another short hike to

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This was a trail down to the beach

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Enjoy these!!!!

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It was lovely came home and had a

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Tea cookies and a movie!!!!!

It is now 9am and I had a great sleep had breakfast and writing this as I do not need Internet…..and then I will continue when I get home tonight!!!!

Ok now 9m and back home in Nanaimo…so let me tell you about today….

Had a really good rest and had breakfast and read a newspaper and then on the road by 10am…

My first hike was here

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This was a short trail to the lonely beach

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This is where I was heading the owner of the cabin told me about it….a very hard trail to follow and I am not sure I was in the right place but I also think the tide was not right because I could not see a blow hole but where this shot below was taken every few minutes I could hear a tremendous roar and thumping of water..

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I then drove about 20 minutes into the provincial park it reminds me that I live in a bi lingual country!!!

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On the internet I had researched this below and wanted to go on the hike but the staff at the  information center refused to give any information saying they did not want hikers going there as the trails are so easy to get lost on but that was a challenge to me…

How a WWII bomber crashed in Tofino — and how its Canadian crew lived to tell about it

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    Gary van der Leer/Victoria Flying Club

'We were a lucky group'

Plunging 300 metres a minute, 12 Canadian armed forced members struggled to survive a crash months before the end of the war

Tofino and its magnificent Long Beach, a serene playground for surfers, hikers, whale-watchers and nature-lovers, was Canada's front line during the Second World War, buzzing with bombers overhead, ready to bomb any enemy attacks approaching from across the Pacific.

"During that period, there were military posts up and down the beach, and it was covered by barbed wire, ready to repel any invasions from the Japanese," recalled Renee Wissink, manager of resource conservation for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Decades after that war, one of the military conflicts we pause to remember in honour of the war dead on Remembrance Day Monday at 11 a.m., it's hard to imagine the fear of war on Canadian soil.

But an airfield was hastily constructed at Tofino after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour and radar stations cropped up along Vancouver Island's west coast, including at a now-popular tourist stop, Radar Hill.

A reminder of that wartime activity not listed in official tourist guides is buried deep in the woods, accessible only by a tough hour-plus slog through a boggy marsh: the wreckage of a Canso bomber, a Canadian-made flying boat that crashed into the side of a hill in February, 1945, just months before the end of the war.

It had a crew of 12 on board, as well as 3,400 litres of fuel and four 100-kilogram depth charges intended for enemy submarines. All on board survived the crash, but the plane did not. It's been in the bush for the almost 69 years since, salvaged of its valuable parts and covered in graffiti.

"It's still pretty much intact," said Gary van der Leer, chief mechanic for the Victoria Flying Club, who has made the "treacherous" trek through the bush and bog to see the wreckage more than once. "There's not much corrosion on it."

But gone are its propellers and the two bubble or "blister" windows that van der Leer said were most certainly carted off by aviation buffs or those who knew the original parts would fetch thousands of dollars from those restoring wartime bombers.

He said it's sad to see the graffiti, but "you can't stop kids from doing what they do."

None of that detracts from the feeling that washes over him when he catches a glimpse of Canada's military history.

"You get kind of an eerie feeling when you come across it," he said. "You think, how does this plane go from flying to ending up stuck in the side of the hill?" It's a scene, at least for the immediate future, accessible only to those hardy enough to attempt the hike, as Parks Canada decides what, if anything, to do with the plane.

On Feb. 10, 1945, the Canso 11007, with pilot Ron Scholes and 11 crew on board, including one female air force member, took off from Tofino, after repairs to the port engine, to fly the two hours back to Coal Harbour farther north on Vancouver Island. It was dark and late, 23:00 hours.

"Seconds after lifting off and before we had single-engine flying speed or adequate altitude, the port engine lost power," wrote crewman Lance Lake in a document provided by the Victoria Flying Club.

Scholes attempted to return to the airport with the remaining engine on full throttle, but Lake could "vividly remember" the controls showing them dropping 300 metres a minute before the plane hit the trees. Scholes expertly sent the plane into a full stall to slow its crash into the trees, a move co-pilot Lace Knechtel called in his written account "sheer guts" and the reason they weren't killed, considering the half-ton of explosives on board.

"We were a lucky group, with only a few broken bones, some cuts and many bruises," wrote Lake.

But the nose and starboard engine were ripped off in the crash, and Lake found himself standing next to flaming wreckage and watching fuel gushing out of the ruptured tanks.

It was Knechtel who put out the starboard engine fire with an extinguisher, a "heroic action (that) saved all our lives," wrote Lake.

Unable to raise anyone at the Tofino airfield on the hand-cranked radio and reluctant to send up a distress flare for fear of igniting the gas fumes, the airmen fashioned a tent out of parachutes in a nearby clearing to await help.

In the early hours of the next day, they heard a plane starting up at the airfield, and Lake launched a flare from a safe distance.

They then watched in amazement - and fear - as the rescuing plane dropped a parachute flare in response. They would later recount their incredible luck at how it missed hitting anything flammable.

The crew were rescued by a ground team 11 hours after the aircraft crashed and the army later returned to the site to remove the depth charges and detonate them, creating a sixmetre crater that remains as a waterfilled hole today, and to retrieve the electronics and machine guns.

Parks Canada agrees the plane is an important wartime relic that can teach Canadians about the role the West Coast played in defending the country against enemy attacks (although he said the only attack on Canadian soil was the couple of shells fired from a Japanese submarine at Estevan Point, north of Tofino).

It has registered the spot as an archeological site as a formal record of its existence, but you won't find any Parks Canada information on how to find it.

Parks Canada doesn't encourage people to see the wreck for themselves because hikers can - and do - get lost. They also damage the bog and face danger on the walk along the narrow shoulders of the busy highway between Tofino and Ucluelet that hikers need to walk to access the route.

However, Parks Canada has marked the trail with pink flagging, signs and ropes, to try to reduce the number of times (still two to three a year) they get called out to rescue the lost.

And it recognizes interest in the crash site and is "exploring options" on how to provide information about the site for visitors or even interpret the hike by making it accessible, if it ever finds room in its budget, said Wissink. A display on the plane may be added to the Kwisitis Visitor Centre at Wickaninnish Beach.

"We are worried about the integrity of the aircraft and if people learn about its role in Canada's military history, hopefully there will be a greater respect for it," said Wissink.

He said the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley years ago expressed interest in reclaiming the fuselage to restore the bomber but plans got bogged down because of costs and logistics.

Museum manager Terry Brunner, who once attempted to make it to the site but turned back because of rain, said the museum has no plans to recover the plane, which he said serves as an unofficial cairn to Canada's fallen soldiers.

"I think it's best left where it is," he said.

Van der Leer agreed, saying, "It's the only way to really appreciate what it must have been like for the crew to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere after the crash."

"It's been preserving itself quite well," he said. "I think it's going to be there for a long time."

 

So I found the turn off for the trail and it was straight into thick forest

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someone had gone to a great deal of trouble to mark the trail with ribbons and rope and a good job too otherwise the trail would have been impossible to find….after over an hour I saw the sight way in the bush

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Then the big water filled hole where they exploded one of the bombs…

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These shots I think are amazing…

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Over the years I have had my lunch in some incredible places but to sit here and eat and drink and to let your imagination run wild……how on earth did they all survive…this truly was an experience I shall not forget!!!!

The hike back was hard as well but very enjoyable!!!

I then went into the town of Tofino I like one of the art galleries there

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Roy Vickers is a First Nation artist and I love his work his vibrant broad strokes and usually if you look closely into the work you will see a face or an animal somewhere amongst the subject….

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The above images were taken off the Internet…..

I then drove down to another hike on Schooner cove..this trail was different it was all boardwalk leading down to the beach!!!

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Always love the yellow arrows….

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Big expanse of beaches in both directions!!!

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So that was the end of my hikes and then the long drive home!!!!!!

Had a really nice two days and I think you may agree that this island is not too bad……

Hope you enjoyed the long post!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!