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Old 08-19-2015, 09:37 PM   #225
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:09 AM   #226
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I just got a short note from Gene. They're alive and well, with lousy communications.

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Good to hear. As a communications director I guess I should offer my services but Gene would either want to pay me on Canadian dollars or remodel my mid room. 😎


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Old 08-21-2015, 06:30 AM   #228
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:26 PM   #229
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"For the record, your honor, no Canadians have been hurt. Fantasies about raccoons or Canadians are not actionable in the Queen's Courts. Thanks to former PM Trudeau, free speech reigns supreme across the Confederation or Dominion or that big red thing north of Minnesota. My Ambassador will be contacting this honourable Court by drone within minutes". Thus went my speech and I was quickly released with apologies, a gallon of maple syrup, a commemorate hockey stick and an English/French dictionary.

We are in the internet void. I have had to use The Ucluelet Campground wifi just outside the office—slow and slower and now while at French Beach Prov. Park, the Verizon Jetpack, better but not so great. I think I may be picking up a Verizon signal from Washington across the Strait of Juan de Fuca because I don’t seem to be getting a Canadian cell tower. We paid extra for 250 Mb. While in Canada, but don’t seem to be using it.

The drive to Ucluelet (Ukee to locals) was slow on a winding and narrow road with construction added in. Barb offered to drive and didn’t know it was the worst part of the road. It took her a while to recover. The Ukee CG was among the worst we’ve ever been. One guy across from us rated it the worst and left 3 days early, forfeiting more than $100. We had a view of a marina, but not much harbor and no ocean. 15 amp. Service which meant blown breakers several times. Dust and narrow spaces. Close to other campers. This is what happens when you don’t reserve very, very early. Deciding to eat at a fine dining restaurant, we couldn’t find one with food we wanted, so we ended up at a pizza joint with the universal comfort food (when in doubt, eat out). It was hot and humid the first day, but cooled off a lot for the next two days, though the humidity was rough for desert dwellers.

Could not use A/C because of limited amperage. Our water hose started leaking though pinholes (can’t blame CG for that), so we rushed into town and found one at Co-op, a chain of supermarkets with hardware ad clothing. First full day we went north about 25 miles to Tofino, once a fishing village, but it was discovered and changed into a tourist town. Parking was nearly impossible and we were glad we didn’t stay there because of the crowds. We ate at an unsatisfactory restaurant and then walked around. Downtown there’s a large building made to look like a coastal Indian longhouse. Inside was carved art and prints (also originals in the thousands) done by an artist. This was not authentic Haida or other Indian art, but much influenced by it. We bought a print and Barb bought a ring. One of the woman working there had a name almost exactly like ours, both such rare names that I’ve never met anyone with the same last name except a relative.

We did have a good breakfast in Ukee (Matterson’s) the morning before we left. Many restaurants have all day breakfast on the Island and I can eat breakfast as often as a Hobbit.

I drove back and felt so good the narrow, bumpy, winding road was fun—wish I had a sports car for it. Traffic kept building as people flocked to the weekend vacation spots, but we were generally going the other way. Because of a forest fire we couldn’t go to French Beach directly, but had to go through the Victoria area. Traffic and construction made it hard and slow. We finally got to the CG. Deep ditches, trees, rocks and bushes made the backing in challenging, but going slow and getting out the truck 20 times (maybe a little less) led to a successful parking.

Lush forest makes for lousy solar and each day we re falling behind, but the batteries are working well. We get NPR here from across the Strait. We are close to a beach was went down there the first evening and watch waves come in. A young couple braved the water a little with their two young sons, but it was obviously very cold. Strangely, they hung with the son about 10 while the one, about 5, they ignored as he played at the water edge 100’ behind them. No drowning occurred.

Yesterday we drove to Pt. Renfrew, about 30 miles west where the Strait ends and the real ocean begins. We hiked 1.7 miles through the forest (some trees several hundred feet high) down to Botany Bay and then to Botanical Beach. The latter is known for tidal pools full of little creatures. We saw some very small crabs in them. We arrived minutes past high tide, so the pools were pretty much under water and waves weren’t very big. We could see across to the Olympic Pen., but it was mostly dim in the haze and humidity (we are used to seeing scores of miles in the desert. Took a lot of photos with my new 500 mm. lens and am learning how to hold it steady without a tripod, but a walking stick can help too.

Longest hike yet and I was feeling great until the slog uphill back to the truck. Barb drove and I bounced—bumpy, winding, rough road. Exhausted by the time we returned, but refreshed today. Short hike planned for today. Tomorrow on to Victoria and will have dinner with Evan (eheffa) and Jane tomorrow night. We met them in Moab years ago and have finally come to see them.

I’m not going to try to upload photos until I get free wifi or a 4G connection on the JetPack. See if I can send this and if it fits. Sorry for typos—I should have bought the nonreflective screen.

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Gene, the westcoast of Vancouver Island hasn't been the same since they paved the road, circa 1975. Before that it was a windswept stew of natives, hippies, surfers, fishermen, and bush pilots.
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Old 08-23-2015, 05:06 PM   #231
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Gene, the westcoast hasn't been the same since they paved the road, circa 1975. Before that it was a windswept stew of hippies, surfers, fishermen, and bush pilots.
I haven't been there since the 1960's. Perhaps, I should skip it and save my memories.

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FaN, I was out there in '79 and I do not remember pavement beyond Alberni. Gravel was ubiquitous and some of the bridges were just logs with heavy planks across and a curb of heavy planks to keep you on if it got wet and slippery. I still remember a steep downhill section with a tight curve at the end and down shifting and spraying gravel trying to shed speed and avoid becoming part of the scenery. I also remember pulling off the road in Cathedral Grove and spending the night among the trees. That was before the big blow that took some of the old giants down.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:22 PM   #233
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Gh, according to this article, the road was paved in 1972.

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Old 08-24-2015, 07:50 AM   #234
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that haze over JDF is a result of the fires that are raging in central WA. a low pressure system pushed that smoke over the cascades into Seattle and eventually down the strait. the winds last night pushed it all back to the east.

i have fished at Tofino but took a pass on Ucluelett as that place didn't look very appealing to me. don't know how you got to Port Renfrew but if you came down from the N, that road was paved just a few years back. if you are going to head to Victoria from there, you will find the road 'interesting' with some very steep downhill/uphill places across one lane 'bridges'. go really slow so you don't bottom out.
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that haze over JDF is a result of the fires that are raging in central WA. a low pressure system pushed that smoke over the cascades into Seattle and eventually down the strait. the winds last night pushed it all back to the east.

i have fished at Tofino but took a pass on Ucluelett as that place didn't look very appealing to me. don't know how you got to Port Renfrew but if you came down from the N, that road was paved just a few years back. if you are going to head to Victoria from there, you will find the road 'interesting' with some very steep downhill/uphill places across one lane 'bridges'. go really slow so you don't bottom out.

A slight technical correction:

Low pressure areas don't push. They suck.

Chinook winds are caused by higher pressure east of the cascades forcing air to flow toward a lower pressure air mass west of the cascades. Of course there are many other factors that effect the exact direction of that flow. They include coriolis effect, terrain, the exact locations of the low pressure and high pressure air masses, and what other weather systems might be interacting with them .

I'm just trying to keep up to speed with my meteorology education, that your tax dollars help fund.

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actually, the low pressure system was E of the cascades with a high pressure off shore. the winds were from the E flowing to the W, from the low pressure system feeding the high pressure system which was off shore.

i think i might have wasted some tax dollars here
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actually, the low pressure system was E of the cascades with a high pressure off shore. the winds were from the E flowing to the W, from the low pressure system feeding the high pressure system which was off shore.

i think i might have wasted some tax dollars here
I think the problem may be in an explanation you may have gotten from media journalists who masquerade as weather experts.

I just looked at the current weather map. There is a low pressure area in central Washington. However there is no significant high pressure area off the coast. The nearest areas of significant high pressure are in central British Columbia. The mechanics of what is happening is that air is flowing from the high pressure areas towards the low pressure area. The effect is the same as water flowing down a drain (low pressure area). Since the earth is spherical* and spinning, and we are in the northern hemisphere, a counterclockwise airflow is set up around the low pressure area. This airflow will cause easterly winds north of the low pressure area. These winds will bring the smoke into northwestern washington and it will follow the CCW flow around the low pressure area. The smoke will of course slowly dissipate as it travels.

This is different than the Chinook wind scenario that I mention above. These are referred to as Santa Ana winds in California. I apologize for jumping to the wrong conclusion without researching the actual situation.

However, no matter what anyone may try to tell you, fluids will not flow from low pressure to high pressure in this particular universe, unless some other extraordinary (unknown to me) forces are at play.

*the earth is an oblate spheroid, but sphere will suffice here.

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Tar and chips paving, heavy on the chips. Sure felt like gravel.
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