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My Thoughts X: On the Road, Fort St. James, British Columbia

Updated on August 27, 2011

While traveling through British Columbia, my friends and I came across a little town called Fort St. James, which was first founded in 1806 as a trading post between Europeans and Native Americans, the Carrier Tribes. Passing through a historical site I shot some photographs and of those I added a few here.

The following is a journal entry written while on the road:

" 13th July, 2011

North-western British Columbia is gorgeous! I am in Paarens Beach Provincial Park now, with Mr. President and Del Torro. We started our road-trip on the 9th of July (2011) and it already feels like we have been on the road for weeks.

We started in Kellowna, British Columbia then, crossed the Rockies into Alberta and drove north to Jasper. Traveling on the Icefields Parkway was a priceless experience; the Rockies are magnificent. They radiate strength, wisdom and dignity. As we drove along and looked at their snowy peaks, it felt as if each one of them had a personality of their own. Mount Robertson certainly did.

Mr. President just caught a rainbow trout ... now we have breakfast ... more like now I gotta cook fish for breakfast ...

It rained last night so the wood is on the wet-side but that is not much of a problem. I can always get a fire going as long as I have some wood and some sort of a spark.

What a beautiful day! The sun is shinning happily through the leafs of the trees surrounding our campsite and I can hear my buddies goofing around on the beach. Maybe they'll come-up with more fish. Who knows ...

I gotta attend to the fire now. I will write later from the road.

P.S. I think we are close to Fort St. James - will have to check that out."

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes, I agree. Traps are brutal.

      We have a lot to learn period (in my opinion).

      Cheers!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      The traps look particularly vicious that is why I said those words. I think we have a lot to learn from the Iceman video you sent me with regards to dealing with the cold. I have been trying to develop his technique and am achieving moderate success. Thank you for explaining though.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Mr. Spirit Whisperer.

      The Carrier people have a tale about how our animal cousins sacrificed themselves (by allowing themselves to be hunted) for us humans at the beginning. They saw us as weak, with not any real strength and that is why they offered to be hunted so we can have their furs to shield us from the cold and have food at the same time.

      The bear also taught the Carrier people how to dig their houses under-ground because the winters are pretty tough up-there. (Aboriginal people in norther parts of Canada did not use a tipi as a home due to the cold weather.)

      So, it is okay to hunt but it is important how one hunts and why. Cheers Amigo!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Another very interesting hub that is full of fun and the photos are as always brilliant. It must have been sad to see all those wolf pelts hung up like that. When I saw the guns and the trap I tried to imagine how horrific it must be for the animal who has done nothing wrong except for being born as an animal. I wonder what kind of body the Great Spirit has in mind for those hunters in their next life.

      Thank you.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you very much for stopping by Mr. Alastar Packer. I actually did not ask how old the furs were but they did seem rather old. Sorry for not being much of a help on that - I never thought to ask lol I'll ask my buddies, maybe they asked or remember.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mr Happy.For the longest have desired to see B.C. Great pics. How old are the Wolf pelts if you know and its not too much to ask?

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been to BC but never to Alberta.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes, it was amazing. British Columbia and Alberta are truly beautiful! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds like a great trip.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment Paradise. Cheers!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Terrific pics of the country store. We could have stepped back a hundred years or so! Awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us.