Category Archives: Life

Wearing the New Jersey

As Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and other championships roll around, it is interesting to see so many people wearing the jerseys or replicant jerseys of their favourite teams and players.  It is a new thing. Even putting names on the backs of jerseys is a relatively new thing and not all teams even add them.… Read More »

The Making of a Catastrophe

Most catastrophes come about through the concurrence of a number of errors, not just a single one.  Our brains like to believe in single causes; our brains have challenges dealing with complexities. When we hear that an Earthquake on the Iran/Iraq border killed thousands, we resolve to stay away from earthquakes or Iran.  But earthquakes… Read More »

Exploring South of Netalzul

Once upon a time, when I was working as a prospector, I arrived by helicopter at a camp northwest of Lake Babine, 80 kilometers or more from any highway. Just two of us were there. It was an almost completely forested area, flat, with many mountains nearby; it was north of the Netalzul Mountains. I only… Read More »

Haida Gwaii Final Days

There was more to Haida Gwaii than the ruins of the Haida villages like SGang Gwaay.  We also visited Tanu (T’aanuu llnagaay) the burial place of well known Haida artist, Bill Reid.  We also visited Skedans (Koona Llnaagay which means “Village at the Edge” – note the word for village is sometime written llanagaay, llnagaay, llnaagay because Haida is essentially an… Read More »

SGang Gwaay Llanagaay

On our second day in Haida Gwaii, we continued south from the floating camp in the zodiac toward the very southern tip of the islands.  We planned to stay at an abandoned whaling station called Rose Harbour on of the few places for shelter in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site which comprises most… Read More »

Voyage To SGang Gwaay

We travelled to the farthest western edge of Canada.  Past where the continent ends, there is an archipelago of islands out in the Pacific that used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands.  Now it is called Haida Gwaii.  It is no easy task to get there. We drove from Vancouver up the Fraser River… Read More »