Sasquatch!

 

SASQUATCH DAYS

JUNE 7 - 8

 

The Coast Salish traditional way of life, like all Native Indian tribes, displays a fine and fulfilling balance between man, woman, and the natural and supernatural worlds.
The spiritual beliefs are critical to understanding Coast Salish art. Belief in guardian spirits and transmutation between human and animal were widely shared between tribes in many different forms. One can see this belief expressed in First Nations art. The symbology, form, and function of ceremonial clothing and head dresses were all designed to communicate the spiritual and historic traditions from one   generation to the next.

After checking out the masks pictured to the left, take a look at the depictions of what the ancestors of early man most probably looked like and their similarities to the aboriginal spiritual being who is known to have been around for almost 10,000 years

Australopithecus afarensis 3.6 million years ago
Some Australopithecus afarensis left human-like footprints on volcanic ash in Laetoli, Kenya (Northern Tanzania) which provides strong evidence of full-time bipedalism. Australopithecus afarensis lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. A. afarensis also had a relatively small brain size (~380–430 cm³).


3.5 Million years ago - Kenyanthropus platyops, a possible ancestor of Homo, emerges from the Australopithecus genus.
3 Million years ago - The bipedal Australopithecines evolve in the savannas of Africa. Loss of body hair takes place over the period of 3-2 Million years ago, in parallel with the development of full bipedalism.

2.5 Million years ago - Appearance of Homo. Homo habilis is thought to be the ancestor of the lankier and more sophisticated Homo ergaster. Lived side by side with Homo erectus until at least 1.44 million years ago, making it highly unlikely that Homo erectus directly evolved out of Homo habilis.

Homo erectus – 1.8 million years ago
Homo erectus evolves in Africa. Homo erectus would bear a striking resemblance to modern humans, but had a brain about 74 percent of the size of modern man.

 

1.2 Million years ago -Homo antecessor may be a common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals.

Homo heidelbergensis – 600 thousand years ago
It is morphologically very similar to Homo erectus but Homo heidelbergensis had a larger brain-case, about 93% the size of that of Homo sapiens. The holotype of the species was tall and more muscular than modern humans.

 

Y-chromosomal Adam lived in Africa approximately 338,000 years ago.  He is the most recent common ancestor from whom all male human Y chromosomes are descended.

Homo sapiens – 200 Thousand years ago in Ethiopia.

Hot Springs Harry - 2 years ago...just sayin'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Ernie's Spirits Up...

THE SPIRIT TRAIL

Winter wind storms cause havoc in forested areas that walkers and hikers rarely see and the windfall silently and slowly decomposes to feed the soil and nurture new growth.  The Spirit trail in Harrison Hot Springs, over the years has been subject to a number of significant winds and the trail, guarded by the spirits, was becoming hazardous. Tourism Harrison saw the potential to save this trail, that  is so well loved by visitors and residents alike. So they hired Scott Tree Care Service to come in and assist in the project by determining which trees were potential problems and taking down any  that would pose a hazard,  leaving them in the forest to decompose.   Some local groups then volunteered to come in and clean up the trail, clearing any little branches and raking the pathways.

    

The Artist

Ernie Eaves became involved in the ceramic arts soon after his retirement as a high school shop and theatre teacher four years ago.  He has a small studio in his garage in which he throws pots (sometimes against the wall), sculpts and tries to figure out how to glaze stuff.


The Artists story

The Spirit Trail began as a walk in the woods with Pearl the Wonder-Dog.  We discovered a seemingly abandoned trail that meanders through a wonderfully mysterious bit of old second growth forest in which the processes of renewal are seen everywhere.  In the spring and early summer, the false Lily-of-the-valley covers the forest floor in shiny green and year by year the moss envelopes the wind-fallen trees, seemingly giving them a second life.

It is an enchanting place to walk, and as time passed the trees seemed to me to be alive in an other-worldly sort of way.  As a lark, I created a dozen ceramic faces and surreptitiously hung them in the trees, hoping to cause a laugh or two among other walkers who might discover the trail.  The compulsion was on me and the dozen eventually became over thirty. 

At the turn around point of the trail, there is a circle of trees, a sort of committee of spirits.  I made a dozen ceramic faces of women from different places and circumstances and I call them the “Goddesses”.  They are meant to evoke the quiet but monumental strength of women from all over the world.  Most have their eyes closed to impart a quiet, meditative feeling to the spot.  The whole endeavor grew of it’s own accord, without a plan or even a particular goal in mind.  The first masks were put in the trees over six years ago, and apart from knowledge of its whereabouts by the Geo-caching community (People who use GPS units to find stuff) and a brief mention in British Columbia Magazine, little effort has been made to publicize their existence.  Instead, it has been a kind of “Guerrilla art”, meant to be a surprise and mildly subversive.

Victoria Day...it's Here!

It’s here!!!
Summer in BC starts with the May long weekend and everyone goes camping.  Since the days of spontaneously packing up the old canvas tent and a cooler full of food, packing the six kids in the back seat of the old woody, throwing the 100 pound canoe on top of the roof and stuffing in one change of clothes per person, camping has evolved!
Nobody needed reservations.  Nobody needed maps.  Nobody needed to send out a cyber message that would bring 300 close friends running to meet you out in the woods.

Four ways to go camping;

The “realistic” Camper www.discovercamping.ca
Under the heading of pick your Provincial park or campground choose Sasquatch.
You will then be given options for the three sites within Sasquatch Park…Hick’s lake, Bench Campground  or Lakeside.

  • FCFS –( first come, first served) remember, check out is 11am
  • All campsites in Sasquatch Park allow wood fires.
  • No shower facility, pit toilets only.

The “civilized” Camper:


Need we say more.  Harrison offers some great RV sites check our listing

The Redneck Camper:

The term Redneck has become widely used as a "badge of honor" for those camping in the more remote areas of our region.    For camping up the East or West side of Harrison lake visit: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/default.aspx

  • Click on find a site by Location
  • Click on Chilliwack
  • Scroll to East Harrison or West Harrison.

Remember that west Harrison is accessed from Harrison Mills and not through the Village of Harrison.  Your turn off point for West Harrison or the Chehalis forest Service Road is Highway 7 and Morris Valley road. For the East Side of Harrison Lake access is through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and up Rockwell Drive.

These are remote areas and not for the unexperienced camper.  Make sure you have enough fuel, a working spare tire and the means with which to change it.  Water and food.  Blankets (there is a fair amount of elevation gain the further up lake you go and this can put you into some fairly cold areas.)  Make sure that someone at home knows where you have gone and when to expect you back.  There is little to no cell phone service and if you break down or need medical assistance you will need to send someone out before help can come in.  Only use a 4x4 vehicle or a car you really don’t like.  


And here’s a tip…if you have to send someone out (at least 2 hours) and then wait for the ambulance (at least 2 hours), make sure that the person going to get help knows which side of the lake you are on.  There aren’t enough ambulances to send one up each side trying to hunt you down on a road where road signs do not exist and directions rely on landmarks as in “When you see the flipped over blue truck, turn.”

The “I want to be spontaneous and use a tent” Camper
Unless you have reservations somewhere, leave the tent at home.  Finding tenting sites is difficult at the best of times…on hot long weekends…torture.

mt. cheam...definately do-able!

                                                 

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs lies near the northern foot Mt. Cheam.  Rising 2104 meters, this peak dominates our landscape and offers not only a breathtaking backdrop but a hiking challenge as well.  Can you do it??  Yes, you can.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1690625,-121.6217038,8985m/data=!3m1!1e3
Cheam Peak was part of the oral history of the Sto:lo peoples. The Halkomelem name for the peak, Theeth-uhl-kay, means "the source" or "the place from which the waters spring."
Cheam dominates the eastern Fraser Valley, rising above Bridal Falls and Agassiz just east of Chilliwack. It and three sister peaks form a group known as the Four Sisters or Four Brothers, which are part of the mountain wall framing the Lower Fraser Valley.
Though the trail to the summit lies along the southwestern flank of the mountain, the view from the top to the north offers an unprecedented look at Harrison Lake.
Lady Peak is a mountain located just southeast of Cheam Peak and has an elevation of 2200 meters.  It is west of the four peaks in the eastern portion of the range known as The Lucky Four Group.  Lady Peak can be summited by a route that branches off the Cheam Peak Trail.
The Lucky Four Group is the name for a group of four mountains in the Cheam Range of the North Cascades. The name of the region comes from the abandoned Lucky Four Mine near Foley Peak and refers to the four summits in the eastern end of the range that are visible from the old mine access road that runs near Wahleach (Jones) Lake.
The mountains in this group, from north to south, are: Foley Peak, Welch Peak, Stewart Peak and Knight Peak.

Hiking Mt. Cheam is something that should be on everyone's bucket list.   Check out how to get up there at this great Club Tred website;

http://www.clubtread.com/Routes/Route.aspx?Route=73

Rather Fly?  Try Hang Gliding Mt. Cheam:

http://www.westcoastsoaringclub.com/sites/bridal_falls_lower.php

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