If you are looking to get a class V deep tissue massage of neural proportions, anyone who has been knows that the south coast range of British Columbia simply cannot be topped. Little did I know that the glacially carved fjords of the sea to sky corridor and the gorges that inhabit them also afford a high end couples experience as well. Laura had never been to the Northwest, and since I've been a number of times, I was able to plan a retry on our honeymoon that boated more like a paddling trip the first time around. I'll refrain from the blow by blow, and just speak in the tongue of the jpeg, as that usually performs as eloquently as any half-motivated blog post. A sure sign that the end is nigh, that the reserve tank is engaged, when the lazy bloggist, well past his peak of interest, reverts to sandbaggery; photo essays.
Yeah, she deserves better
North Creek above its confluence with the Lillooet
Looking up the massive devastation of the Mt Meager Lanslide of 2010.
Typical BC Backcountry view
The land of color
Why don't we just drop in to gorges in BC?
This could be why.
Always rent a 4wd truck in BC
The view from the lip of Keyhole Falls into the hot springs canyon of the Lillooet
If it looks like class 4-5 from 300 feet above......
Canadians take pride in their trailbuilding
Laura traversing to our favorite spot on the trip
Perfect Hot Springs in the eddy of a big volume class V rapid
Dusk view on our way back out to Pemberton
A new day
This does NOT suck!
Starting our morning hike to Joffre Lakes. This is the lower lake.
The trails in BC are just like everything else: rugged, big, and awe-inspiring
Middle Joffre Lake
Upper Joffre Lake
Like I said, it's all about the colors.
I don't even know what to say about the color of this water.
Middle Joffre Lake again, this time on the way out.
Day two second half of surf & turf: Birkenhead River
Laura paddling her first BC river
Twenty One Mile Creek
Ashlu Box Canyon
Some eddies you just have to catch, even if they aren't must makes.
The heart of the Box Canyon. This place represents the earthbound pinnacle of aesthetic class V kayaking.
Laura scouting a basalt ledge on the Upper Callaghan
She's my best friend, and she can boof. Grateful? Yes.
That smile is why I booked the trip.
A class 3 taste of BC canyon boating
Takeout view of Black Tusk
Alexander Falls on the road to Callaghan Lake
Paddling across Callaghan Lake to the "trail" up to Cirque Lake.
1200 feet in a mile.
Yep, still frozen over in August. Cirque Lake
Looking way out all the way down the Callaghan and across the Cheakamus to Black Tusk
Relaxing and contemplating what we just climbed
A closer perspective of our route
Our first vacation in 6 years
Callaghan at dawn
Laura getting in for some BC class II-III, which is more like the Middle Gauley.
My babe in action
Our dream home in the hamptons of BC, the Fraser Valley
Why paddling the Chehalis is about more than rapids
Our final day in BC where we finally got our southeastern style boat session
some bird we saw in a tree
It's probably wondering why anyone would run the Chehalis this low
This river was insanely beautiful, and had fun rapids for miles. This was about 3 weeks or more after the locals leave it alone, and it still boated like the Nolichucky at 1000. If this river was in the southeast, it would be a zoo every weekend. Them Canadians should consider themselves lucky, ehh?
Back in the states, Nooksack Falls
A few feet of snow
Mount Baker, a truly badass mountain with great whitewater rivers coursing from its shoulders
Bergschrunds, crevasses and seracs, Oh My! I know not of these foreign and intimidating features. We are always limited by that which we don't know or understand.
See ya next time