Beyond the Blacktop

Fall arriving in the Ashlu Valley, Jason Landry, 2012
Fall arriving in the Ashlu Valley, Jason Landry, 2012

It’s been awhile, I know. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t realized it had been this long. Thankfully, Rohan gave me the gentle nudge I needed. I have a long list of excuses for the neglect, each one as terrible as the next, so I won’t begin to list them. In the end, I think I just wanted some time away from the computer1.

I do have something to tell you about, though. I am now the proud owner of a used Nissan Xterra. That’s right, a gas-guzzling, road-hogging SUV. Believe me, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I’m very excited about it. A 4×4 is something I’ve dreamed about since watching Bush Tucker Man back in high school. A decade ago, not far from Campbell River, I broke a strut on our VW Golf on a soggy Forestry Service Road and have been hesitant to venture too far ever since. So, when the Golf was written off in a fender bender earlier in the year, the search was on for a more capable vehicle. My wife wasn’t so sure, but supported me anyway.

Falls in the Ashlu, Jason Landry, 2012
Falls in the Ashlu, Jason Landry, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, as our unseasonably sunny weather was drawing to an end, I packed up the family, a bit of gear and took the truck up towards Squamish and eventually into the Ashlu Valley. Ashlu Creek is one of the four major tributaries of the Squamish River and is it carves a narrow valley through the forests North of the Tantalus Range. The Forestry Service Road wasn’t too crazy, but we definitely wouldn’t have done it in our car. We explored, picnicked near some falls and the kids even did a bit of fishing near the confluence of the two waterways. It was a glorious day and has me (and my wife!) dreaming of future adventures.

  1. I’ve been regularly posting to Instagram though (@appliedobservation).

Comments

  1. Glad you’re back. Let’s have a look at this new rig!

    Comment by ryan on October 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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