Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Prince George, BC, Canada.
dease lake rail line, son of a b**ch creek,
Im wondering if anyones ever treked or even 4x4ed the dease lake rail line/right of way and has come across a creek with this sign, or an old trappers hut. Its about 120 miles in(towars takla) where the trail from tatooga lake meets the right of way. The sign is probally long gone now. im just courious about this, its at the top of my bucket list for places to explore, I'll explain. After grandpa showing me some pics (will get them scanned when im over this flu) I just have to go there.
Many years ago Gramps had a very good friend and co worker by the name of Terry McMillan, after several years of saving he quit his job and decided he was gonna be a trapper. So about 90-110 miles in from where the trail from tatooga lake met the right of way he made his home/base(bout a mile or two off the right of way). One winter while trapping terry was crossing this creek when he broke through the ice, he almost lost his foot over it. Since then on he made a sign that would be mistaken for bc rec site signs and called the creek son of a b*tch creek, sob being the term when he broke through lol. He'd always visit my Gramps and family, he was a genuinely nice guy who liked visiting with friends and the outdoors. Gramps and Grandma would visit him as well. During the winter when it got too cold and the snow too deep he'd go and visit with the guys at this big 200 man camp about 20? miles from him. One of the crew would routinely go out and and check the half way point to try and meet him. Well one winter Terry caught a nasty flu, well here the camp had pulled out, terry made it to the camp, they found signs that he had made a cup of tea inside a building at the camp where he could of got warm, but he moved on and so I guess he only got about 10-20 miles outa the camp till he decided to stop in the middle of the road and make some tea, he took his rifle poped it up had a tarp over it and thats where he passed away. Someguys came out on skidoos to check on him , they ended up passing where he was about 4-6 times. Was in 92? I believe.
Anyways after watching grandpa show me these old photos (and remembering his old friend) of terrys hut, treasure stash (tree hut about 50-60 feet in air) and sob creek I've become insipered to 4x4 in to there and see what its like today. I doubt theres anything left, but want to make a sign of the same design and put it near where the old one was for sob creek and take a pic for Grandpa. One cool thing that would be neat is if Terrys "welcome" mat was still there, a 8x4 sheet of plywood with 8" spikes driven into every piece of it, so that way when he went out trapping he left out the "welcome" mat for the grizzly bears so they could'nt raid his cabin lol.
Sorry if the story is long and boring.