During CHESS 2013 on Vancouver Island, we enjoyed three days PACKED with awesome field excursions, fascinating lectures, delicious food, and great conversations.
We stayed in the lovely dorms of Vancouver Island University, surrounded by bunnies which seemed to have escaped or been freed from the science labs. (These weren’t your skittish brown woodland bunnies – these were black and white pet store bunnies who feared no humans.)
Friday Field Trippery
Our first stop was Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park to enjoy some nature (including eagles, trees, sand dollars, and tiny crabs!).
We stopped in Cumberland for a brief visit. We saw the museum, the local coffee shop, and the Chinese and Japanese cemeteries outside of town (link via KB). We also learned saw the hills where Ginger Goodwin was murdered (link via KB).
Next, we had lunch and a tour of a super-awesome, completely full of shelves, we were all so jealous library at the former home of Roderick Haig-Brown.
While in his fantastic library (literature was organized by his librarian wife by the author’s date of birth), we read an excerpt from one of his books, Measure of the Year, a section called “Let them eat sawdust:”
(Further reading, for those following along at home: W. J. Keith, “Roderick Haig-Brown,” Canadian Literature, 71(Winter 1976), 7-20; Craig Orr, “Paradise Lost;” Arn Keeling, “Crying in the Wilderness: Roderick Haig-Brown, Conservation, and Environmental Justice.”)
Next, we went to an amazing local museum in Campbell River.
We also watched a film about the destruction of Ripple Rock.
We learned about trees surrounded by the last stand of old grown Douglas firs in Miracle Beach Provincial Park.
* This was an AWESOME part of the trip, but the findings are not published yet, so the researchers asked us not to elaborate too much on their efforts.
All in all, a fun, educational, and busy day! Here is a map of our travels, courtesy of Josh MacFadyen (@joshmacfadyen):