Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 09/08/2014


Photo taken on July 26, 2014


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Haida Gwaii
Queen Charlotte Islands
Queen Charlotte Hotel


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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, last page

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, last page
This is the last page of a photo-story about backpacking in the Queen Charlotte Islands, now known as Haida Gwaii.)

Some of my best hiking companions have had this philosophy: if you have enough money to travel 500 miles and stay in a respectable hotel, go a thousand miles instead and stay in a cheap dump.

That was the point of view of my friends on the rain forest trip, 40 years ago. We spent our last night on Graham Island in the Queen Charlotte Hotel, with the logger’s bar in the basement and small rooms walled with thin plywood above. I awarded it my lifetime prize as the dumpiest frontier establishment I ever stayed in. I really wanted to go back and sleep in the rain in the primeval forest.

When morning finally came we flew out of Sandspit airport. The last thing we saw was a huge logging pond beginning to fill with big straight-grained, old growth spruce and cedar logs. Valuable. I remember hoping that, after the loggers and the logs were gone, all the people of the islands would have gained something... some small share of the fortune that somebody was making by cutting the great trees of Haida land.

THE END. Thanks for reading.

The other pages of this photo story are in my album below.

tiabunna, John McKay have particularly liked this photo


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Meadowmom
Meadowmom
With Charlottes, last page
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
This has been a wonderful journey.

Sadly.. the people who live with the land... never share the bounty !

Smiled about the hotel... its WAS worth the sacrifice !
3 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
A fabulous fascinating story Laurie, thank you so much for sharing it. I enjoyed every story/page and the photo's that accompanied them. I like the hotel philosophy. You are one amazing woman!
3 years ago.
Clint
Clint
This was a wonderful story of a journey that can't be replicated today. I honestly don't regret much about having come into the world too late to remember much of the '70s, but I do regret missing what was probably the last gasps of true wilderness. But at least I get to read about it.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
It sounds an 'interesting' hotel, but at least it provides the basis for another good story. Sadly, your point about 'who benefits' when the resources are all taken is just too true. Similar issues still arise here...... Thank you for sharing these great stories.
3 years ago.