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We are in a very remote cabin. People may say this sometimes when maybe it isn’t really true. But trust me. It is completely true. This is how our luggage was brought up to our “off the grid,” hyrdo (read river) powered cabin in The Tantulus Mountains.
Our “stuff” was truck-pulled up the funicular (my word), dumb-waiter (my husband’s word) to our minimal-carbon footprint “chalet.” There are a lot of rules to living up here which I will not bore you with, but the place is so knock your socks off beautiful you won’t believe it, and I will post photos of it soon so you will believe it.
I am however chronologically (as well as spelling and directionally) challenged, so I am going to post the photos in consecutive order. For now, check out the spectacular beauty of The Sunshine Coast.
I managed to post these because we left our chalet and drove down the pitted dirt road in the peaks, to go get groceries, where I found a place that actually had wifi! God Bless Starbucks! They really are everywhere and they always have wifi, as well as low-fat Carmel Macchiato latte……ahhhhhh civilization! You don’t appreciate it until you leave it.
This is the view from the place we stayed in Egmont before we commenced “roughing it.”
It is located on the Shookumuchuck Inlet.
The inlet is in a vast wilderness area reached via Egmont Canada.
These rock formations are further up the inlet, viewable by boat, in the Jervis Inlet.
There are bald eagles everywhere!
Cheers to you from our stunning, lovingly constructed mountain abode, in the tantalizing, non-latte drinking, tips of the Tantulus Mountains!
Thank you. This was/is one of my favorite destinations in the world!
Yes it is mine as well which is why we keep going back!! Pictures describe it best!
The patina of pristine abundance that is one of Mother Nature’s signatures–enjoy the solitude and serenity.
Such unpolluted grandeur!
These are captivating! You are good at finding these places!!!
I am so glad you come along with me!
Wow what a view! beautiful shots 🙂
It is an amazing place!
Lovin’ this trip so far Cindy, such spectacular scenery. Thank you for allowing us to see the world through your eyes and camera 🙂 Next best thing to being there.
Wish you could beam over right now my friend…..we could go out for latte! 😉
I do love my Starbucks too Cindy 🙂
The scenery so beautiful ,Cindy I love them.
Ahhhh, so happy you do Ranu!
Absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking.
Makes me amazed to be part of it of it all, as we all are!
It is just so beautiful and unspoiled by spoiled Starbucks lovers like me!
This is fantastic. Very beautiful and I will believe you when you say remote. I lived in Prince Edward Island for 8 years and while not quite as remote as this – it was remote enough for me! I need noise. Enjoy!!
I have been there!! Amazing you lived in such a stunning place. I’m jealous….. but where was your macchiato latte???? lol~
LOL for sure – I’m not even sure we had coffee there, let along a latte! Ha!
But such an amazing place and experience…..I just don’t know what I would do long term without latte~
I had Island fever – as in get me off!
Ohhhhh, I can relate. I hate being confined!
I have been going to Starbucks for over 20 years. I become hooked when I bought my second cup the next day–they knew my name and what I ordered on my first visit.
I love your photos, but I am a city boy. My wife would love living like you do. It is beautiful.
Laughing……yes. I am more a creature of comfort than I wanted to believe!!! 🙂
Big smiles. I love the mountains when they have green on them. Better still when there is some water too. I’ll bet the air is great. Enjoy 😀
Air and filtered mountain water, phenomonal!! )
Wow, these are just stunning Cindy!
It is a a stunning place and an unfair advantage for photograhers!
What I wonder is…if it needed a dumb waiter to get your luggage up there…how did you yourselves make it?
Laughing…..so slowly!!! The owner wife ran up like it was a turn around the corner. I pretended to stop and admire the view so I could catch my breath!
I’m speechless… Thank you so much for letting us see the spectacular views via your lens, Cindy!
I wish you were here. Truly. I would love to see you shots~
I’d be so overwhelmed, that I wouldn’t know how to turn on my camera… <3
Your photos would be amazing!
So glad you see it too~
Stunning! Well worth “the rules.”
Yes! Even thought I don’t love rules! Laughing.
My reaction also to this part of the world!
Wow, wow, wow. You are so right….breathtaking!
One gets almost drunk on the constant beauty! A natural high…….
How far up did you climb? I can see that it was well worth it however far, but curious because of the dumb-waiter thingy. The beauty is just breathtakingly stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!!
The Tantulus Mountains rise to around 8500 feet.
Yesterday we climbed to around 7000 feet, but assisted part way by a nearby ski gondola!
you sure make taking pictures an art… as always, I am awed
Well that is hugely encouraging! Mil grazi-
Yes, you must visit and paint it!
Beautiful shots. Breathtaking….wow. I know you are enjoying this.
Such undisturbed nature in all her glory! Yes it is wonderful~
Amazing landscapes! Thank you Cindy! Merci! 🙂
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
Absolutely gorgeous photos! But your idea of Starbucks as civilization? Oh dear lady, you need more time in those beautiful mountains so you can learn a truly civilized life (away from any place with Starbucks, McDonalds, or modern not-so-civil society). 😉 Peace.
I agree with you completely of course and I am still admidst the glory of nature. Cheers to you my friend~
What extraordinary places you find to stay. Um…you didn’t explain how you reached the off grid cabin ….were you on the funicular too?
Oh no, we had to climb. Very steep for both of us!
These photos are so spectacular! You are a true adventuress. 🙂
Well, and adventuress who likes access to latte………Laughing!
Wow, these pictures are just breathtaking!
Yay! So glad you like them-
Beautiful British Columbia. I’m glad you are enjoying BC!
I think it would be impossible not too!
Cawabunga! Great photos!
Holy cow Batman! Thank you 🙂
Beautiful photos Cindy. I am swooning at Canada’s beauty. Almost time to go home for a while I think.
Oh yes! The sun is shining brightly and the Canadians are in bathing suits because it is 66 degrees! Laughing…….
Chuckle. You won’t get me in no bathing suit in no 66 degrees! But then I’m an Aussie Canadian, so I know what real heat is 🙂
I need lots of sun at this point to get into a bathing suit in any circumstance!! 🙂
Hi Cindy, love the idea of being so remote. We are soon to head off for the Cairngorms here in Scotland, but civilisation will be very much around the corner! 🙂
As long as you can get out of it into the quiet place, that’s the ticket for me and the wilds of Scotland are so wonderful! Enjoy!
Yes indeed – plenty of places where there are no other people, just wildlife. Can’t wait! 🙂
Wonderful pictures! I warmly greet you and invite you to see my new photos.
I wish you a successful week
Thanks much and welcome to you too!
Cindy – this IS paradise! And if you can dock out for a moment or two, get a Starbucks – well it’s Heaven. Great photos!
Exactly my idea too!!!
That looks like heaven on earth Cindy, thanks for sharing it with us 🙂
Thank you so much for appreciating!
Those are some awesome views! I could just live on that deck with those views. Sigh. .. so serene. And to see Bald Eagles all day? Priceless!
It doesn’t get much prettier than this in my experience of wild places~
What spectacular views!
They are indeed! Grazi~
I live in a town that’s designated “The Sunshine Coast” but it’s not nearly as beautiful as the one in your pictures. Oh, for the space and lack of people!
I require open space and lack of crowding in order to be happy, so I hear you big time~
Oh Cindy just WOW, WOW, WOW, I’m speechless, how do you find these incredible places to visit…
I wish I could meet up with you and Jack here. We could hike and hike!
We would really like that Cindy.
I’m having a really good time on this trip, Cindy, and enjoying your photos as always. 🙂
It is so wonderful to have you along!
Once again the world comes alive through your lens – these are gorgeous!
Oh so kind and sooo appreciated!
Oh, my, Cindy and I loved Banff last year. Now Egmont may have edged it out!! You do find yourself in some rare, beautiful places!! Thanks for sharing all that remote loveliness with us!! Blessings, Brenda
Well you can drive fairly easily from The Sunshine Coast to Banff, some scenic car ferry rides included…….I want you to go and take your kids. I first went at 14 and I keep on coming back!
It’s too far from the East Coast, I have looked into it. We all talked it over. We would have to fly part way, rent a car and drive the rest. We want to… but not unless I can sell a book. 🙂 Who knows, that may even happen. One day. Fingers crossed. Working hard. Cheers, Brenda
That’s a pretty new English word for me.
I might have heard it before but I really noticed it for the first time when I was watching the Disney animation film, Frozen.
The photos are stunning, Cindy!
I love the one with the wooden terrace with the marvelous view.
I can imagine how many poems and sketches I could create if I were there!
Now I want you to come visit here and sit on the balcony and write some poems and make some sketches! And of course I want to visit where you are and taste your fabulous food~
That is such a wonderful idea.
Experiences new things, meeting new people and making new friends.
I’d love to be able to do them all one day.
For now, I’m gonna work hard so that I can materialze that dream. 😀
Have a great weekend!
(we are having a long one here in Indonesia. Tomorrow is Vesak Day, which means: national holiday!)
Woo Hoo enjoy your day off Hari and one day soon I will visit Indonesia!!! 🙂
This reminds me of the cabins I used to stay at with friends when I was a teenager. The water so still and vibrant encapsulating each moment on its own pedestal. Thank you for the continued support!
These sorts of memories that live forever in your mind and so wonderful! Glad the photos were able to trigger them~
Definitely. Nobody can take away your memories. I would greatly appreciate it if you could check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kbeezyisviral
Your wonderful photos bring back memories, and it’s as though I can smell the scents of where you are! Thank you for the great post! 🙂
Today we are in real civilization again in Whistler. I am on the 10th floor of a hotel watching a woman who is sitting outside with two gorgeous dogs,and a huge laptop sreen and iphone eating dinner. I can see what’s on her screen from up here. She just got up and walked off a ways to talk with someone with her dogs. A raven has now jumped on her table and is eating her dinner. He probably will send an email. Wish you were here!
“lol” Cindy, it sure sounds like a lot of fun!
I think the raven did send an email! 😎
It would be amazing to be up on Whistler right now, but Toronto is pretty great! xo
I want to visit you and Toronto!!! Winnipeg is next though to see the Polar Bears in Churchill……why don’t you come?? It’s close to you…..errr…….in Canadian distance????? Did I mention I am directionally challenged?????
As attractive as the polar bears are, Churchill is not in my radar! “lol”
Toronto is more fun!
I’ll be like the raven and send an email! 😎
Churchill is remote but we are definitely going back to Canada next year at least once. Waterton NP is already on the books and Churchill or the Knight Inlet. The inlet is much easier logistically and it has orcas and grizzlies. I have heard Toronto is awesome and the restauraunts are excellent……so many places, so little time!!
You have the most gorgeous country……you can probably tell I like it! It is almost unfair to take photos here!
I am so glad that you are enjoying your visit to our beautiful country. My cousin came through on her way to Alaska. This is the time to visit!! 🙂
Yes but I thought fall was the time to visit when I was in Banff et. al last fall. I guess the question would be, when is the time not to visit? I guess winter is nippy, but there is the skiing and nesting eagles……..
This wilderness is spectacular and your photos never fail to delight! Thanks.
Awwww, gonna keep me clickin!!! Mil grazi~
How extraordinary beautiful, There are such wonderful places I don’t know about and I am so happy that people, like you share them on here! Thank you so much!
I am thrilled you liked it as much as I do! Cheers to you~
Beautiful … but bummer about the latte’s! XO
Utter perfection has it flaws!!!! 😉 Cheeers to you Sheri~
The nature in Egmonts is really nice.
Yes, it is very lovely! Thank you & cheers too~
What an absolutely beautiful area. And what a wonderful way to rejuvenate! Stunning photos, Cindy! 🙂
Yes both relaxing and very beautiful! Hope all is going well with you Linda & merci beaucoup!
Liebe Cindy sehr schöne Fotos wie immer einen schönen Dienstag wünsche ich dir Klaus
Vielen danke Klaus! 🙂 🙂
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Great photographs, Cindy, but I imagine nothing beats being there. Lovely!
You were the one who so encouraged me when I first started taking photos! This is so appreciated!!! Thank you~
Gorgeous rock formations and natural wonders! I am a big fan of Starbucks or local coffee shops, too! Smiles, Robin
Great places to hang out and wire up!!! 😎
Wow! Really awesome views!
Ahhh, thank you Jayden. You know I am a serious fan of your photography~
As I am of yours! 🙂
1 word – HEAVENLY
Yes! Canada is a scenic and natural wonderland and a big advantage for any photographer. They should probably have a photo contest in a parking lot of asphalt only. Best photo wins. This would be a true test of talent. I would submit a bug on asphalt and be disqualified or more likely I would miss the deadline altogether……Laughing 😉
You are so silly – don’t underestimate your blessings – you are TALENTED!!!
That dress is gorgeous and thank you very much ma deah!!!
Absolutely gorgeous – I wish I was there! 🙂 Perhaps I should ask ‘Scotty’ if he could beam me up for a few hours!! 😉
Prepare to beam up…..
Beautiful Cindy. Remote always captures my attention. 🙂 In August Peggy and I will be doing a one week Kayak trip in the area out of northern Vancouver Island to visit with the Orcas. –Curt
Oh we took the kids a few years ago to Telegraph Cove to boat among the orcas and then up Knight Inlet to commune with the grizzlies. I wasn’t taking many photos then although I have some. It is simply a once in a lifetime experience. Check and see how the salmon normally run over the dates you’re there and take a boat up the Knight Inlet. I would be there now if the salmon were running. Grizzlies will walk right by you to get to the salmon. It is is Garden of Eden up there. Can’t wait for your pics.
Oh and you will be surrounded by curious orcas!!!!
Last summer Peggy and I joined the huge brown bears on Kodiak Island on a fishing expedition, Cindy. It was magnificent. And we are really excited about the Orca trip. –Curt
The orcas in the wild state are beyond magnificent. You will not be disappointed. Kodiak must have been incredible!
I’m reading the fire threat in SD. Hope everything okay is your area, I get worried …
Thanks for thinking of us. Went through this in 07 when thousands of homes burned and we evacuated. Homes have burnt now and there is a fire and evacs close to the holler (7 or so miles as the crow flies). Deciding what to do now…..With the drought as horrible as it is,the situation for SoCal is pretty dire. Arsonists love the drama and set their own fires. (:
I debated for a while before I sent you the message. I remember 07’s fire. It had been dried in SF in spring, don’t know if it got better. Arsonists, sicking!
TX is crying for rain thought we got a couple inches this week. It’s like a drop in the bucket.
How beautiful this looks, I am jealous. 🙂
I am too of the people who live there!!! Laughing!!
I am amazed at your skills to take beautiful photo’s. Thanks for being my friend here on wordpress, and stopping at my blog. I am 47 going to college and doing security so my days are super busy. Life has a way of changing and your photo with your ladder tells me that I am on my way…to success…finally!!! Big Hug, Jackie
You are! I am certain. You are on that ladder and I am so happy for you! Hugz and cheers back to you~
I can see that you guys are really “roughing it”, Cindy…, latte’s and all ! The photos are breathtaking and beautiful…, as I expected they would be. As I’ve said before, there is something magic that happens when you pick up a camera. My last sojourn into the mountains was off trail in the back country remote of Yellowstone Park, down between south Yellowstone and the Tetons, years ago. The only things I had with me were a sleeping bag, pup tent, a fly rod, and some minimal dried foodstuffs. Spent 3 absolutely wonderful days there. I’m sure you and Jim are totally enjoying yourselves there. Why aren’t there pictures of you fishing? Aren’t there any fish in that water??? Have a great trip and be safe. Hugs!
The salmon aren’t running yet. That area between Yellowstone and the Tetons has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am rebooking Yellowstone for 2015 now!! Has to be booked so far ahead to stay in the Old Faithful Inn. We are going to drive up to Glacier. I love the wilds too cuz, as long as I can get some latte every once in awhile!!! 😉
Wow you have a good life sister~
Thank you. I try to grab life by the throat and shake the hell out of it because I never know when it will end!
Yes indeed sister~
Cindy, so beautiful up there. Love the photos. Hugs! Veraiconica
Yes. It is remarkable that such a stunning place is so unoccupied by humans and really wonderful too!
Ok! You knocked my socks off already 🙂 Looks amazing, Cindy.
Who need socks anyway!!!! So glad I knocked them off! 😉
Wow! Showing how the luggage is hauled up, definitely gets you perspective of where you are at!
A tad out of the way!!!! 😉
What a stunning adventure! Have fun.
Muchas gracias and I LOVE your new gravatar!!! 😎
Merci buckets. 😀
A question: why in the world would you ever want to come back to this messed up state?? LOL Unbelievable sereneness… Beauty… Relaxation… OMG.
Yes!!! It is nature without the messed up imprints of human ‘Bungalow Bills’. This is where I wanted to retire, but my children were in college in California. In Whistler people are skiing/boarding, in San Diego fires are burning. What messes we persist in making~
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Ich hoffe, Sie eines Tages zu besuchen! Vielen, vielen Dank fur dieses sehr nett Ehre! <3
I think I will just say WOW !
okay and I am envious 🙂
Beautiful Cindy, absolutely gorgeous…!
Thank you for sharing your world, I appreciate the wandering vicariously through you
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Sometimes I wish I could beam myself to different places on the planet whenever I wish. No planes, airports etc. Like right now I would like some cookies in Alsace! It is wonderful that our imagination and fellow bloggers take us so many places!! You are a joy to me!!! <3
Paradise is everywhere, I guess. 🙂
Thankfully there are still lots of wild places we haven’t wrecked yet on this planet! I wish you could beam up here for a hike!
That would be interesting! 🙂
Someday, I’m going to come somewhere for a week (or a month) to hang out with you! You have the best tastes!
We could do a wordpress bloggers trip! That would be so fun!
Heaven, it has to be. We’ve both seen many beautiful locations during our lives but either this is truly the most serene location or I’m feeling as though I need immersion into an icy lake.
This is up there with the most serene, I agree. Funny you should mention submersion in icy water here. I took my kids here on a previous trip and we rented a boat and my daughter fell in due to my captaining error. As we were walking with her dripping up the dock she said, “Do you think anyone will notice?”
Amazing! Being a Canadian girl I am so enjoying all your photos. Thank-you so much. Enjoy your day. Renee 🙂
Yay! So happy you are enjoying them. Your country is an unfair advantage for photographers. It makes every photo gorgeous!!! 😉
You don’t give yourself enough credit~ YOU are an amazing photographer. I really enjoyed looking at so many of your photos. Breathtaking. ♥
Paradise! Stunning photography, Cindy
Awww so pleased and grateful!^^’
Unbelievably heavenly! A great paradise. I want to re-blog so I will have these great photos to look at every day.
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Since I can’t get away for the summer, I’m living vicariously through these stunning photographs from the cindyknoke. com blog. Come, join me.
Awwww! So thoughtful and so appreciated. Thank you & cheers to you!!
Merci beaucoup & cheers too!
Good post. Fjords are simply gorgeous – yet another manifestation of the beauty inherent in Nature. I was lucky to have visited one in Norway – it left me speechless.
Yes we have seen fjords in New Zealand, Norway and The Beagle Channel. Nature at it’s most magnificent. Thank you and cheers to you!
Great. Here is a post you may like:
Beautiful! Thank you for including me. I was just thinking about you and that I hadn’t seen a post lately. No wonder! you are this..close..to heaven!
Awww, so very nice! Thank you & cheers too~
So kind and most appreciated!
Stunning – absolutely stunning, Cindy!
Oh so kind!! Mil grazi~
Your post has rendered me incapable of saying anything beyond ‘Oh, wow!’ Stunning pictures and a great post. Thank you for sharing 🙂
What a lovely comment! I am truly honored and most appreciative~
Beautiful images Cindy. What an amazing part of the world we live in and that place overlooking the water…gorgeous!
Thank you, it is a pristine and unspoiled place so that of course makes it completely priceless~
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I grew up on the Sunshine Coast. Your photos perfectly captured the beauty of this area.
I lobbied hard to move to The Sunshine Coast. <3