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MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Oct 9, 2018 - 05:51pm PT
Is the senior discount available to ‘Murkins.

How about Argentines, and would it be a señor discount then?



Check with BC Ferries but tell them you are from Byzantium and they will take you as one of their own.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 10, 2018 - 01:00pm PT
Retired 20+ years. The key is having plenty of money, toys and younger friends.
frostback

Social climber
great white north
Oct 10, 2018 - 01:16pm PT
Andy,
Can we expect an update on the maxwell scene to entice David over?
Btw I need to post up the recent gripped article on seacliff climbing in Howe sound - got invited to go out there this pm on a boat but alas meetings call.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2018 - 09:00pm PT
A couple of very full days have now drawn to a close, and I can post a brief update.

First, and most important, are the wildlife sightings. All the bumpf about how great the sea kayaking in this area is includes lots of blather and photos of whales. Well, yeah, on the ferry as we approached, we were treated to a bunch of whales surfacing and blowing whatever it is they blow up into the sunset sky.

And, that night, driving down from our new place toward a Japanese restaurant, we passed through a herd of deer.

But the wildest of all wildlife sightings was this morning. We don't have anything to eat or drink in the house yet, so we drove down to the far end of town to an espresso bar/yuppie food market to get coffee and breakfast. With breakfast over, I...

...okay, back up for a minute here. While we know a fair bit about our new hometown, we don't actually know any people here. Except one. Most of you probably remember Bruce Kay. Posted a lot on ST, and then overdosed on the politard crap and left. We don't know him well, but, based on our ST acquaintance, he joined us for a day of climbing when he passed through Seattle about four years ago. And I'd heard that he'd since moved to Powell River...

...okay, so I finished my coffee and breakfast burrito and wandered into the adjoining yuppie food mart. Pretty empty at that time of the morning, but when I rounded the end of one of the aisles, there was this old guy, shopping. WAIT. IT'S NOT JUST SOME OLD GUY, IT'S BRUCE!!!!!

Serendipity to the max. Turned out we were both fully occupied for today, but an evening in the Townsite Brewery is on tap for tomorrow.

So far, so good.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 10, 2018 - 09:18pm PT
tell Bruce he was great when he posted here...
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:00am PT
Nice, Ghost. I think I met Bruce way BITD when I was climbing in Canada. Yer new location looks awesome. Post more pics of the crib and environs.

BAd
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:08am PT
Congrats to you and Mari! Looks like a lot of new route possibilities.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Oct 11, 2018 - 08:56am PT
ditto on Bruce. Bring him back
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Oct 11, 2018 - 11:00am PT
A good restorative to hear of Bruce Special K Kay.

Eerily similar to me meeting Randy A on SSI.

And Jon Nelson was here, too.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 11, 2018 - 12:14pm PT
You mean you haven’t been attacked by a bear yet?

And do let us know how soon the toe fungus starts!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2018 - 07:00pm PT
Not too much of an update yet. We busted our asses cleaning up the debris of a couple of decades of renters, started the renovation process (not too jumbo -- the place is quite livable as is) and then bailed for Seattle in order to continue the renovation process there.

But, if you are interested, a couple of photos...

A bit of background first. Powell River is just 65 miles from Vancouver and 62 miles from Squamish. As the crow flies. But crows can fly over water and you can't, so, to get to Powell River from anywhere on the North American mainland requires two ferries. Which takes time, but which can also be time well spent. Peaceful. Great views. And...

...okay, here's a couple of photos of the return journey to Seattle last night:

Credit: Ghost


Credit: Ghost

Of course, ferry operators are no different than tools elsewhere...

Credit: Ghost

But, while they might not let you climb on their boats, they can't stop you from climbing on things like this. See those three peaks in the middle distance? Click on the photo and blow it up. There is some granite there...

Credit: Ghost

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 12, 2018 - 08:12pm PT
Why would you leave Seattle for that...?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 12, 2018 - 09:51pm PT
RJ, better growing conditions - for toe fungus. That’s the last blue sky they’ll see for 6 months.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Oct 13, 2018 - 06:20am PT
Say hey to Bruce ,it all looks great.
AntiChrist

Gym climber
Urth
Oct 13, 2018 - 07:19am PT
Geographical fixes rarely solve personal problems...

Sounds like your problem. From Buddha to Nietzsche to Einstein, moving does wonders for the soul.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2018 - 07:37pm PT
What more does one need?
What more does one need?
Credit: Ghost
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Oct 14, 2018 - 07:43pm PT
Directions on how to get there.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 14, 2018 - 08:18pm PT
Then move to San Bernadino Aunty Christ......
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2018 - 08:38pm PT
Directions on how to get there.

From Salt Spring Island? No way. You're stuck there.

However, if you can get someone to rescue you, and get you to either the mainland or Vancouver Island, you might have a chance.

It will not be easy, but you will be made welcome if you arrive.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Oct 15, 2018 - 11:51am PT
These days I leave SSI only reluctantly, but I'll be going to YVR on Wednesday.

Transport cost to get there:


bus to ferry: $2.25

ferry to Swartz Bay: $0.00

ferry to Tsawwassen: $0.00

bus to YVR: $1.85



headed down from a new route
headed down from a new route
Credit: MH2
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