Clear Creek Hot Springs

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Yesterday was a beautiful, Pacific Northwest November day. The sky was a clear blue, the ground dry, and most importantly — it wasn’t too cold. Clear Creek Hot Springs (near the town of Harrison Hot Springs) is an area that I’ve heard much about, but never had a chance to explore. It’s at the end of a very rough road, about 55 kilometers from town, with about 48km of it on a service road. The last 12km are particularly rough, only to be attempted with a 4-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance.

The hottest tub!

The hottest tub!

Most of what I’ve read, is about how poorly maintained this spring is. Yes, there was some garbage scattered about, but overall it was in far better condition than I was expecting! I’m told I was lucky, and volunteers come up and contribute when they can.

Fortunately, we had the entire area to ourselves for this visit. There are 4 tubs in total, each with varying levels of heat intensity. The clean water was flowing and draining from each of the tubs, and it had minimal sulfuric smell.

Old barrel-style tub

Old barrel-style tub.

There are a couple sites for camping here, but beware: locals are known for riding ATV’s in this area and getting rowdy. If you’re prepared to deal with that (and have a decent vehicle) you’re in for a real treat.

Of course, like all off-grid sites, be sure to pack out what you bring in. It never hurts to bring an extra bag, and pick up some of the other trash too.

Directions can be found all over the internet, so I’m not going to post them here. Happy hot spring-ing!

Vancouver Votes: 2014

Once again, there seems to be general disinterest from young people as Vancouver approaches another municipal election.

Municipal voter turnout for the Vancouver election in 2011 was a dismal 34.57%. I would be pleasantly surprised if it was significantly higher this time around, but somehow doubt it will be.

Vision continues to be the most aggressive and well funded party, and has overly enthusiastic canvassers working the local neighbourhood streets. On the other hand, rival party NPA is also well-funded but virtually absent from the communities. Neither party seems to represent my interests.

COPE has a much more interesting platform, and a diverse array of candidates, but sadly they just aren’t polished enough to be taken seriously by the mainstream.

Some of the other more fringe parties include OneCity, Cedar Party, etc…but I’m not going to go into them here.

Anyway, it’s important to vote for the candidates we desire, since ultimately we’re not voting for the parties themselves.

Here’s my picks for the upcoming election:

Mayor
Meena Wong (COPE)

(However, this is a very close race between Vision’s incumbent Gregor Roberton and NPA’s Kirk LaPointe. Meena Wong has almost no real shot at winning, so if you are strategically voting – I’d cast one to Gregor Robertson.)

Councillors
RJ Aquino (OneCity)
Cleta Brown (Green)
Elizabeth Ball (NPA)
Adriane Carr (Green)
Pete Fry (Green)
Gayle Gavin (COPE)
Keith Higgins (COPE)
Lena Ling (Independent)
Andrea Reimer (Vision)
Niki Sharma (Vision)

Park Commissioner
Jenny De Castris (Independent)
Catherine Evans (Vision)
Eleanor Hadley (Independent – if nothing else, this woman is 93 years old!)
Trevor Loke (Vision)
Stuart MacKinnon (Green)
Coree Tull (Vision)
Michael Wiebe (Green)

 

Pacific Spirit Park

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Pacific Spirit Park is one of my favorite retreats in Vancouver. It was an unseasonably warm autumn day, perfect for spending some time near the water.

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