The Fjords of The Sunshine Coast~

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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.
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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.
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This is the view from the place we stayed in Egmont before we commenced “roughing it.”
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It is located on the Shookumuchuck Inlet.
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The inlet is in a vast wilderness area reached via Egmont Canada.
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These rock formations are further up the inlet, viewable by boat, in the Jervis Inlet.
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There are bald eagles everywhere!
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Cheers to you from our stunning, lovingly constructed mountain abode, in the tantalizing, non-latte drinking, tips of the Tantulus Mountains!

202 thoughts on “The Fjords of The Sunshine Coast~

  1. Lovin’ this trip so far Cindy, such spectacular scenery. Thank you for allowing us to see the world through your eyes and camera πŸ™‚ Next best thing to being there.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 πŸ˜€

    • 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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). πŸ˜‰ Peace.

  7. 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! πŸ™‚

  8. 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. πŸ™‚ Who knows, that may even happen. One day. Fingers crossed. Working hard. Cheers, Brenda

  9. Fjord.
    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.
    πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ˜€

        Have a great weekend!
        (we are having a long one here in Indonesia. Tomorrow is Vesak Day, which means: national holiday!)

  10. 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!

  11. 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! πŸ™‚

    • 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!!

      • 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!! πŸ™‚

      • 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……..

  12. 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!

    • 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 πŸ˜‰

  13. Beautiful Cindy. Remote always captures my attention. πŸ™‚ 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.

    • 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!!! πŸ˜‰

    • 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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    • 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

    • 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?”
      Laughing……

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

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