Blue skies, more fish, and a lamb dinner

Blue skies, more fish, and a lamb dinner

The Bailey Bridge

The Bailey Bridge on the Bella Coola River

August 3rd, 2017 – The smoke vanished overnight and the day dawned with clear blue skies and the promise of smoking hot temperatures. I flexed my sore hand and thanked the stars that I came out of the altercation with the hanging rack spike infection-free.

I grabbed a few nitrile gloves and hopped into the truck with the other crew and headed over to Snootli Creek for more of the same as yesterday. Sort, kill, hang, bleed, strip, repeat. Today I was one of the egg takers though, and it kept my hand out of the water and away from further exposure of my still fresh wound from yesterday.

In the afternoon it was off to Saloompt Creek for yet another sort and egg take.

This is a good year for chum on the Central coast. They have arrived in high numbers, in good shape, and of a good size. It’s a busy week for the crew; the first egg takes were Monday, the day I arrived and, after they work through the coming weekend, they will probably finish up early next week.

At the end of the day, back at the hatchery, the Community Advisor stopped in to ask me what my dinner plans were. I’d been invited back to John & Robyn’s again, but they had company arriving to stay and I didn’t want to be a burden. Besides, Ian was offering up lamb, it was an easy decision 🙂

But before heading over to his place for the evening, I wanted to stop at a few favourite spots in the lower valley, and get down to the harbour while there were still blue skies, and take a few photos. When the sun is out, there is no place more spectacular than this valley.

Not much else to say, other than the fact that dinner was great and the company engaging, as it always is when we get together for food and drinks.

Bella Coola River

The Bella Coola River

Nooklikonnik Creek

Nooklikonnik Creek and Mount Saugstad in the distance

Bella Coola estuary

The salt marsh at the mouth of the Bella Coola river

Where the Bella Coola empties

Where the Bella Coola River spreads out and meets the ocean

Bella Coola estuary

Where the Bella Coola River ends and enters the head of North Bentinck Arm

Bella Coola

An old cannery in the harbour at the head of North Bentinck Arm

Abandoned pilings

Pilings from a pier long since gone

The old cannery

An old cannery in the harbour at the head of North Bentinck Arm

The old cannery

Clayton Falls

Past the harbour, and down a gravel road, is a recreational site. A little farther is a BC Hydro power house…and behind the power house is a short trail that leads to Clayton Falls, a lovely and very refreshing spot to visit on a scorching hot day.

Clayton Falls

Where the creek meets the sea

Where Clayton Creek meets the ocean. I love the dual coloured water where they meet.

Alpenglow

Moonrise over Mount Saugstad on a clear evening.

 

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    That is beautiful

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    The one day the smoke cleared out temporarily. It was a welcome bit of clean air.

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    Lovely image, seen in 117 pictures in 2017.

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    Great wide pov and scene
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