The Skuzzy General Store (near Spuzzum)

My daughter and I went on a day trip today to one of the local attractions.  As she says, we live in the town of Hope, which is just down the road from Hell's Gate.  (The community of Spuzzum lies between.)

The broad Fraser River flows placidly to the sea -

after it recovers from being funnelled through a rocky chasm.  Read all about it here:

We didn't go on the air-tram - that's for another day.  So that means we didn't get to see the Skuzzy General Store that is on the other side.  The bridge in the bottom photo is a walkway from the parking lot to the air-tram.  We were going to go that way, but our dog, Chimo the Husky, refused.  A passerby suggested it was perhaps because you can see thru the stairs - no backing.  Anyway, we drove a little further down to a turn-around and parked right at the tram ticket office. Not a lot to see there...

The road to Hell's Gate goes through a number of short tunnels.

Before Hell's Gate we stopped at a former (and current, actually) gold-panning town called Yale.  A biggish flea market there (and across the street was a junk-and-junk-food establishment).  Note the "Fresh Bannock" sign.  The confection at the bottom is my bannock, anointed with raspberry jam.

I have, of course, many other photos (another day!) of ridiculously scenic vistas, rocks, a small waterfall, historic buildings, etc.  About a week's worth of posts, and we just skimmed thru the place, noting things to investigate more closely another time...and pull-off spots on the highway for photo ops, not utilized this Labor Day weekend with all the traffic.

But, for no good reason, a photo of a broken car mirror.   Blue sky.  I think the tan-colored blob must be me...

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Comment by Veronica Corso on August 31, 2014 at 1:30am

I figured you were making things up, but no, Hell's Gate really exists. Great photos-- especially the retro motel sign with dog facilities and the mirror-- brilliant!

Comment by Myriad on August 31, 2014 at 2:59am

That's not the only Hell's Gate - I visited one in Milan too ... but it just looked like a manhole cover in an Italian piazza.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2014 at 8:48am

I was wondering how scuzzy the Skuzzy General Store was.

The pictures here are much better, though my eyesight isn't good enough to have noticed the Fresh Bannock sign without help.

And what exactly is Bannock? 

Comment by nerd cred on August 31, 2014 at 9:24am

I don't think I'd ever get used to seeing mountains in the landscape. I'm such a flatlander, they seem impossible. Beautiful. But that tram also seems impossible and I might have trouble trusting it.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on August 31, 2014 at 10:23am

R&R ;-)

Comment by Myriad on August 31, 2014 at 10:44am

Kosh, I looked up skuzzy with a K on the internet and Wikipedia says it was the name of a boat used in the vicinity.  Doesn't say why the boat got that name.  But since Spuzzum is in the vicinity, it may be a corruption of or derivation from that Indian name (which presumably doesn't sound as questionable in their language as it does in ours).

Bannock is Indian fry-bread, formerly a Scottish thing brought over by the early settlers.  It's kinda donut-like.  (Tho I've had some that was dough on a stick held over the fire - I don't really recommend that kind.)

Hey, Nerd, I grew up on the prairies.  Well, in a river valley in the prairies.  Going up out of the valley and standing on that never-ending (until the curvature of the earth) landscape gave me a mild case of agoraphobia.  I like these big mountain walls.  

Tram lines are alway questionable.  But I regret not doing the Mt. Etna one (it was consumed by an eruption soon afterwards, but has probably been replaced) and a little (only a little) regretful that the one over Mt. Vesuvius had been discontinued by the time I got to Naples.  (Hey, don't I sound like a world traveller...I am like unto Lea Lane's little finger.)

Comment by Myriad on August 31, 2014 at 10:45am

Hi James!

Comment by Arthur James on August 31, 2014 at 10:51am


Kosh on K-Street?

He strolls with scooper?

He compost dog dung?

He puts well decomposed

dung on backyard garden?

He give free compost to the

WhiteHouse garden for free.

I met folk from Bagdad today.

There are sane Human Beings.

No Justify Killing Brothers &

Sisters. We in Same Canoe...

Comment by alsoknownas on September 1, 2014 at 8:56am

Mountains are essential to my sense of place.


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