September 15: Elaine writes about pines growing in the rocks

A post from Elaine:

John in the Fraser Canyon

John in the Fraser Canyon

Several bridges span the Fraser River, with one notably called the Alexandra Bridge.   The devastation of the pine beetle is made obvious by the large brown patches on the hillsides.  The affected trees are killed and turn brown … eventually becoming dead stumps.   With the predominance of pine trees, this is a serious problem.

Because the road winds between steep canyon walls, there is a problem with falling rocks and, in  winter, avalanches.  To mitigate the danger, huge sheets of wire net cover rocky outcrops, sturdy concrete walls are built, and tunnels.  Some of these are quite long.

Elaine in the Fraser Canyon

Elaine in the Fraser Canyon

The sheer hillsides, almost vertical in places, are covered in pine trees, which somehow manage to root precariously in the rocks.  There appears to be no soil at all for them to find, and the fact that they grow is almost miraculous.

Elaine

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One Response to September 15: Elaine writes about pines growing in the rocks

  1. Goran and Judy says:

    Elaine and John.
    It’s very interesting to follow you around in almost the same tracks we took back in 2002.We camped several times along Fraser but from one place we nearly had to move
    because of the smell from all dead and dying salmons!And rhe long,long freight trains kept us awake…..
    Looking forward to read about Vancouver.
    Thanx and happy wheels.
    Goran and Judy.

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