Sunday, August 2, 2015

Deas Island is just over there.

Heading into another scorcher of a day here in the lower mainland, we decided to hit the road a little earlier than usual and stopped for coffee at McDonald's for a change (our Sunday Starbucks wasn't open yet). Good coffee.

It looks a little startled.

We originally had plans to check out / pick up some lumber for a DIY project I've been fixated on for a few months now but we 'took a little drive' first. A little drive that took us over the Alex Fraser Bridge and along 'the other' side of River Road. After a couple of road-side photo-op stops, we chanced upon the entrance to Deas Island out in Ladner.

Hanging around a boat launch.
It's starting to age around the edges.
Bunny keeping a wary eye on us.
Canada Goose flotilla.
At first I thought it was a twig or dried leaf. Grasshopper.
A well maintained path along the back fences of industries.

Deas Island is in the south arm of the Fraser River between Delta and Richmond. It has regional park designation and is approximately 300 acres in size. There are three historic buildings on the island; 'Burrvilla' a pretty Victorian/Queen Anne Revival style home built in 1905 that was moved to the island in 1981. Inverholme a one-room school house and the Delta Agricultural Hall.

The island was named for John Sullivan Deas a biracial tinsmith who established a cannery on the island in 1873. It was the leading cannery on the River until 1878. Growing competition along the river eventually encouraged Deas to sell.

The island is now a popular destination for picnickers, joggers, walkers, rowers, campers and horseback riders. And with Deas's varied bird population, it makes the island a popular bird watching destination.

As we drove the park's mandatory 20kms/h a  beautiful bald eagle swooped past overhead, nest building materials trailing behind him.

I gotta get me a book on indigenous trees and birds!
It looks like a painting.
You have three metres to offend everyone.

No lumber run today. Too hot to focus on measuring twice and cutting once.

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