Vancouver

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 6

Righto... today is a bit of a different adventure. We are looking at ancient history (like from the 1940s). Mama says that back during the War, there was an army base here, with a squadron of fighter planes stationed at the airport. Sounds cool. She also says there are old army bunkers around... Let's see... Do you see it? There behind me? This is right along the highway.

Let's go check it out.

Ohhhh...kkkkkaaayyyy....

You know, Mama, you're familiar with this sort of stuff... so I bow to your expertise...

You go first...

No seriously... I'll be right behind you!

Well... that's not so bad... just some crazy graffiti...

And a hole in the roof... wonder if that was for ventilation? Maybe they stored munitions here?

Spooky place though.... and getting hard to see from the highway.

At the airport there is this thing... it was a artillery backer... or something...

With some cubbies in behind.... maybe they test fired artillery here?

More graffiti...

Cool though!

Down a few airport side roads... if you know where to look... you come to this....

Keep Out. Restricted Area. Mama remembers reading about a mobile hospital from the 1950s being stored somewhere up here as part of Canada's National Disaster Preparedness program. Apparently there were about 200 squirreled away across Canada. I wonder if it's in there??

And then we have this... beary interesting. A bunch of junk and...

Another bunker. But this one has a door... with a hole in it...

Uhhhh... what do you mean you went first last time and now I go first?

mmmm.... nope....

You're the one with the flashlight on the camera...

I am right behind you... (ready to run screaming away).

Ooooh... beary dark! At which point, Gramma said, "Be careful of rats!"... and we heard some rustling and... scrambled back with squeaks of terror... but it was just a porcupine.

There we go... Holy mackeral... it looks like a dumping ground for furniture and old plane tires. Stinks too like oil or something.

Quite large actually... bigger than the first one.

And... white tanks with EHS on them... that's Emergency Health Services, part of the old mobile hospital stash. Wonder if it's in the orange-door bunker?

This one has some seriously rickety stairs going up to a hut.

Which is derelict... wonder what was in here?

And some old piece of airport equipment. Somebody should report these guys for illegal dumping! And... that's our visit to Gramma!! Salmon, mushrooms, and old army bases!

Monday, November 28, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 5

Today we are out at the cross country ski trails. I know, it's a bit early for skiing... but we're not here to ski.... we are here to explore the woods for mushrooms!

Kind of spooky woods I have to say.

First find of the day... BAD mushroom. Cute but deadly.

There are a few spooky trails along here... probably old logging tracks...

And here... here we have the prize... the King Bolete... sooooo goood according to Gramma.

I hope we find more...

I see some!

After maybe half an hour we had quite the bag full...

Well... actually three bags full!

And someone got bear wet kneeling in the moss... and it wasn't Gramma.

Gramma did think to bring a snack... some almond marzipan crescents. Oh YUM!

That was fun! Now we just have to find our way out of here...

Follow me!

Whew... we made it back out in one piece.

And more snacks... I think they got my memo about the "no picnic" day earlier.

Now we just have to clean them.

And sautee them in some butter...

They sure smell yummy.

And then put them aside to freeze them... at least we're going to try that. Gramma is keeping some to eat fresh later but... there are way too many. She can make mushroom soup later.

And... fresh apple pie as a surprise! Did I mention I am a lucky bear?

Friday, November 25, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 4

Hello... today we are going for a little hike...

How did they know I was in the area? I why do people need warning??

Oh look!! It's a Shaggy-Mane mushroom... they are so cute.

Except when they get older and inky at the bottom.

But we found some young ones...

No idea what these are...

But this one looks like a Giant Puffball...

Gramma cut off the oogie bits... let's see what else we can find.

Ummm... bear poopies... and NOT mine! Keep an eye out...

Cute mushrooms but no idea what they are either.

Maybe Oyster mushrooms... maybe not... best to leave them alone then.

Hey... do you hear that? Sounds like an owl??

heh-heh... fooled you! Not a real owl... a tree owl!

There was quite a debate about these... are they Honey mushrooms or not. I like the name of them! Gramma wasn't sure. Mama was even less sure sooo... I won't get to taste them.

Back home... I can smell something... and it's not mushrooms... sniff sniff... it's.. it's...

Salmon!!!

Ooohhhh... a real salmon... yum.

Gramma's beary good at filleting and cooking salmon.

 And... voila... salmon with beans and tomatoes from Gramma's garden. I am such a lucky bear! I wish I could send some to Jerry & Ben....