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Old 07-09-15, 07:39 PM   #1
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Car lite 4th of July - How did you celebrate?!

Here's what we did on the 4th - how about you?




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July 4th did not exist for us. We left the Los Angeles airport late in the evening on July 3 ... and arrived in Sydney 14 hours later on July 5. But July 4th holds no significance for us, so no worries ...

However, July 1 was Canada Day!! And ours was a mix of motor-vehicle and human power ...


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On July 1 - Canada Day - my cousin David, husband Rowan, and I hiked to the top of Mt Cheam in lower mainland BC.

The adventure began with a drive about 2/3 of the way up the mountain ... first on a nicely paved road, then onto a gravel road, and then onto a forestry track which required vehicles like David's 4WD Jeep. And of course, on the narrowest part of the road with a cliff on one side and steep drop off on the other was when we met oncoming traffic descending from the mountain. That gave me, on the passenger side, looking down the steep drop off a few heart-in-mouth moments.

But we made it to the trailhead and started the hike. First a climb over a huge, carefully placed fallen log, and then onto a wide and gently climbing trail. That part was lovely with views of the valley and mountains, including Mt Baker, in the distance. We crossed a little bridge and the trail narrowed as we made our way past little Spoon Lake and through meadows of wildflowers.

And then the trail began to climb steeply. We were still in the meadows of wildflowers and surrounded by beautiful views so there was always something to look at as we climbed and when we stopped to catch our breath or have something to drink. There are very few trees on the way up, mainly just long grass and a variety of wildflowers, including a plant that looks suspiciously like corn.

The trail levelled for a short while and passed through a grove of pine trees where we stopped for a break in the shade. It was hot! The starting temperature down in the valley was about 30C, and although it did cool as we climbed, it didn't cool by much.

Then we continued climbing again until we reached the first lookout a short way from the top, complete with a bench for us to rest on. That lookout provides stunning views of Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Lake, Cultus Lake, and of course, the Fraser River.

We stayed there a little while before completing the ascent to the top of the mountain, where there is an breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the entire area, including Lady Peak immediately to the south, Mount Baker off in the distance, Jones Lake below, and the entire Fraser Valley. It is an incredible view! Well worth the climb. David and Rowan ventured quite close to the edge, but edges make me nervous so I stayed back a bit.

Not long after we got there, a couple of guys hiked up and one was carrying what looked like a flag pole ... and it was exactly that. He unfurled a Canadian flag on the peak, in celebration of Canada Day!

Then we descended, and while descending may, in some ways, be easier than ascending a mountain, it was steep and put a strain on our quads. I know my legs were shaking at times. The whole hike was a great workout.

In total, the 9.5 km hike, with 700 metres of climbing, took us approx. 4 hours to complete.
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Old 07-10-15, 12:51 PM   #3
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I didn't go anywhere. That's what I generally do on days I don't have to work.
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I had a Car-Free 4th of July. Since it was a holiday and the buses weren't running, I rode to work. Business was brisk, so I had to stay longer than usual. Everyone was so decorative in their red, white and blue clothes. After work I was tired, so I passed on going to the nearby country club for fireworks, and went to bed so I could be up early for work.
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However, July 1 was Canada Day!!
Canada Day always makes me laugh at myself. About a quarter-century ago, my wife and I had ridden from Sacramento to Eastern Washington in late June. My uncle insisted that we ride on to Banff and Jasper. Since we had never been there and we weren't real thrilled about riding down the Pacific Coast during the July 4 holiday, we went for it. On June 30, as we sat in a hotel in Radium Hot Springs, BC, we found out about Canada Day. Apparently half the population of western Canada joined us on the road to Banff the next morning. At least the Canadian motorists were nicer than the typical USAian.

We were also entertained by the difference acclimatization makes. We were coming from the land of 105F days, so I had almost everything I brought with me on most of the day. Meanwhile, the local cyclists we encountered were wearing shorts and T-shirts and commenting on the lovely summer weather.
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For July 4, we did what we usually do on weekends. We went for a nice 80 mile ride on logging roads in the coast range. There were campers out there, which is unusual, and one idiot had a morning campfire (illegal due to drought conditions), but it was a wonderful ride over hills and along creeks and a river. I'm so glad I live where I can do this.

We call this our Sweet Ride. So named because one of the logging roads is the C-Line and the other is the H-Line, thus C&H, a sugar brand.
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I lost the family vote on July 4. I wanted to walk to the local city fireworks--a big affair with fireworks and a pops concert about a mile from the house. But the rest of the family voted to drive 30 miles to a fireworks celebration at a much smaller town. It was lovely as a bit of American--quainter and probably more charming than the big city fireworks near the house. But it took 40 minutes to drive there and well over an hour to drive home, due to the traffic jam.

Like on an internet forum, in a family sometimes you just shut up and go with the flow. The argument just isn't worth it, and could ruin everybody's good time.
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For July 4, we did what we usually do on weekends. We went for a nice 80 mile ride on logging roads in the coast range. There were campers out there, which is unusual, and one idiot had a morning campfire (illegal due to drought conditions), but it was a wonderful ride over hills and along creeks and a river. I'm so glad I live where I can do this.

We call this our Sweet Ride. So named because one of the logging roads is the C-Line and the other is the H-Line, thus C&H, a sugar brand.
I have the Labor Day Tomato Ride. So named because the first time I did it was on a Labor Day, and I always stop at a farm stand along the route and buy a backpack full of tomatoes at that time of year.
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Took the kiddo camping up in the Adirondacks for the July 4th weekend. Hiked about 10 miles on the 3rd, we were following a 6 mile trail to a waterfall but got kinda lost. Rained on the 4th, so we ended up staying inside the tent playing cards all day. We were planning on doing more hiking on the 5th, but the kid got really sick so ended up spending half the day at the ER. They suspected food poisoning, but I'm not sure what from since I ate the same thing she did prior and I wasn't sick. After leaving the hospital, we returned to tear down our campsite - of course no more than 5 min after we pulled up it started down pouring again so everything got soaking wet. Yeah, so that was our ever so eventful holiday weekend. No fireworks or cycling this year, but it was a very car light weekend.
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Took the kiddo camping up in the Adirondacks for the July 4th weekend. Hiked about 10 miles on the 3rd, we were following a 6 mile trail to a waterfall but got kinda lost. Rained on the 4th, so we ended up staying inside the tent playing cards all day. We were planning on doing more hiking on the 5th, but the kid got really sick so ended up spending half the day at the ER. They suspected food poisoning, but I'm not sure what from since I ate the same thing she did prior and I wasn't sick. After leaving the hospital, we returned to tear down our campsite - of course no more than 5 min after we pulled up it started down pouring again so everything got soaking wet. Yeah, so that was our ever so eventful holiday weekend. No fireworks or cycling this year, but it was a very car light weekend.
That's the type of trip that will live on in family lore. "Remember that 4th of July when we got lost, and it rained all the time, and Missy got sick so we were in the ER all day? Ah, the good ole days!"
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I lost the family vote on July 4. I wanted to walk to the local city fireworks--a big affair with fireworks and a pops concert about a mile from the house. But the rest of the family voted to drive 30 miles to a fireworks celebration at a much smaller town. It was lovely as a bit of American--quainter and probably more charming than the big city fireworks near the house. But it took 40 minutes to drive there and well over an hour to drive home, due to the traffic jam.

Like on an internet forum, in a family sometimes you just shut up and go with the flow. The argument just isn't worth it, and could ruin everybody's good time.
Yeah, later we drove over to see fireworks; hence the "car-lite" 4th of July vs a "car-free" 4th of July. I would have ridden over to that as well, but as you say, there are other family member to consider. The traffic jam leaving those events is just a nightmare.
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Took the kiddo camping up in the Adirondacks for the July 4th weekend. Hiked about 10 miles on the 3rd, we were following a 6 mile trail to a waterfall but got kinda lost. Rained on the 4th, so we ended up staying inside the tent playing cards all day. We were planning on doing more hiking on the 5th, but the kid got really sick so ended up spending half the day at the ER. They suspected food poisoning, but I'm not sure what from since I ate the same thing she did prior and I wasn't sick. After leaving the hospital, we returned to tear down our campsite - of course no more than 5 min after we pulled up it started down pouring again so everything got soaking wet. Yeah, so that was our ever so eventful holiday weekend. No fireworks or cycling this year, but it was a very car light weekend.
Wow, if that doesn't engender a love of camping, I don't know what would!
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July 4th did not exist for us. We left the Los Angeles airport late in the evening on July 3 ... and arrived in Sydney 14 hours later on July 5. But July 4th holds no significance for us, so no worries ...

However, July 1 was Canada Day!!
Yeah, those Canadians get a holiday a month, right? Here in the States, holidays are a bit more rare. And like any rare commodity, their value increases accordingly .

So while you climbed a little hill called Mt Cheam, we rode over a mile to the local park!
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Yeah, those Canadians get a holiday a month, right? Here in the States, holidays are a bit more rare. And like any rare commodity, their value increases accordingly .
Both Canada and Australia have approximately 12 stat holiday days. And I wouldn't mind at all if they wanted to add a few more.

We like our time off to travel and do stuff.
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I celebrated by riding my bike to the fireworks show in the next town.
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For July 4, we did what we usually do on weekends. We went for a nice 80 mile ride on logging roads in the coast range.
I'm jealous. The roads around me are closed to public entry due to fire season, already. They've been doing that for about the past 5 years, since the guy with the 50 caliber started a fire shooting tracers. Whose lands are you riding on?
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I'm jealous. The roads around me are closed to public entry due to fire season, already. They've been doing that for about the past 5 years, since the guy with the 50 caliber started a fire shooting tracers. Whose lands are you riding on?
I'm pretty sure it's Roseburg Lumber land. They have locked gates at the ends of the roads to keep cars out (except during hunting season, when they open them on weekends), but they are apparently okay with human powered passage and all the employees I have ever encountered are fine with me riding through. There are other ways through on BLM land (this is the place where most of that O&C land is), but the logging roads are generally much nicer to ride on; they put them right along the creeks.

When we got to the end of the logging road portion we did pass through a unit that is being harvested. When we looked back at the gate, it had a big sign warning people to not enter because they had guard dogs on site. I guess we went through before the dogs' shift started. We'll give them a couple of weeks to finish up there before we return to that particular junction.
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