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post #76 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2020, 07:35 PM
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Since it's July 1st I went to take a look at the BC Parks Covid page. Garibaldi Park is still closed, Blackcomb Glacier Park opened on June 29, probably to coincide with the opening of Whistler/Blackcomb lifts for summer operation. A couple of other parks opened July 1 but many are still closed.
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Seems like National Parks are doing way better in terms of reopening than BC parks. Re Duffey cars; interesting where did they drive from, seems illogical to drive 3 hrs 1 way from Van knowing Joffre is officially closed.
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Given the volume of cars on the Highway to Pemberton, I guess statistically some would end up at Joffre. I'm sure some were just out for a drive and said "Hey let's go to Joffre, it's near here isn't it?".

A couple of fruit growers from Okanagan set up their fruit stand in the parking lot of the new Chevron in Mt. Currie. They had just put up their signs and were still unpacking their fruit from the truck and already there were 4 or 5 cars stopped waiting for them to set up. Lots of people out for a drive.
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I talked to Metro staff and they say the logging on the ridge just east of the main trail below the top was unauthorized by a climber trying to build a short climbing route. It's kind of too bad that the gondola is running again. More noise and more people.
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Coquihalla Canyon Prov Park did not open this year due to Covid-19. Too bad as I was looking forward to visiting there.
In the meantime, it would be hard to social distance on the Frosty Mtn trail in Manning Park. https://www.theprogress.com/sports/e...avel-advisory/
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"Larch Valley" above Moraine Lake in Rockies and some accessible larch areas in Kananaskis were just like that couple of weeks ago. But Rockies larches have now mostly died down.


Best part of that Chilliwack Progress article is "consider a early morning weekday hike instead of on the weekend."
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Coquihalla Canyon Prov Park did not open this year due to Covid-19. Too bad as I was looking forward to visiting there.
In the meantime, it would be hard to social distance on the Frosty Mtn trail in Manning Park. https://www.theprogress.com/sports/e...avel-advisory/
Heading up there tomorrow.


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In the meantime, it would be hard to social distance on the Frosty Mtn trail in Manning Park. https://www.theprogress.com/sports/e...avel-advisory/
Tried to head into Lightning Lake Oct 3 morning, to cook breakfast at a picnic table (I had neglected to bring the car camp table thinking surely we would get a spot at one of the car camping sites - nope).
The cars were parked on the side of the road all the way out to the junction where the stop sign is, never seen it so busy. We immediately turned around and drove up the hill to Cascade lookout, where there was nobody. So I cooked up a bunch of bacon and eggs at the viewpoint. It was warmer than the valley, with an awesome view.
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Tried to head into Lightning Lake Oct 3 morning, to cook breakfast at a picnic table (I had neglected to bring the car camp table thinking surely we would get a spot at one of the car camping sites - nope).
The cars were parked on the side of the road all the way out to the junction where the stop sign is, never seen it so busy. We immediately turned around and drove up the hill to Cascade lookout, where there was nobody. So I cooked up a bunch of bacon and eggs at the viewpoint. It was warmer than the valley, with an awesome view.
It's funny how this year of the pandemic has been more busier with people camping and hiking than any other year that I can remember. I have heard some months ago that RV sales have increased during the pandemic. When winter comes, I will be snowshoeing and usually don't see anyone.
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It's funny how this year of the pandemic has been more busier with people camping and hiking than any other year that I can remember.

Same in the Rockies. Possible explanation is 1) Cities became social/physical distancing trap everyone was trying to escape and 2) Lots of people had more time because of loss of work, study interruption, work/study from home etc.


My hope is that more people will come to realize how important nature/environment is to all of us and really a backbone of life everything depends on. But seeing ever increasing pollution levels, wildfires, receding glaciers etc etc I am not overly optimistic
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