Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chilliwack, BC Canada

Today let’s go to Chillwack.
Chilliwack Mountain
I doubt if you have heard about Chilliwack. I doubt if most of people living in British Columbia have ever heard the name Chilliwack.
But people who live there, thank God to be here in Chilliwack.
Sigh! I don’t live there. May be in my next life.
Actually Chilliwack is the second largest city in the Fraser Valley Regional District after Abbotsford. The city is surrounded by mountains and scenic areas such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake. Well actually Fraser Valley and River require a bunch of posts itself.
Lake Chilliwack
My friend lives in Chilliwack and he loves it. Once I visited him and I fall in love with the place. Mighty Fraser River, Extremely beautiful and bubbling Vadder River, Tall snowy mountains in two sides. Due to its location at the eastern end of the Fraser Valley, there has been some debate about preserving Chilliwack’s air quality. However, the 2011 World Health Organization’s study of air quality shows that Chilliwack enjoys air quality among the best in the world.
Chilliwack River originates at Hannegan Pass in Washington State’s North Cascades National Park in USA, and flows north across the Canada–United States border and into Chilliwack Lake. Chilliwack lake is a large blue water lake, extremely beautiful terrain. So beautiful that words cannot describe its beauty.
Lake Chilliwack
Once we were walking along the lake for long distance and we never realized that we were in United States illegally because border can be crossed only at designated border crossings. When we returned then I spotted the border marker and a fainted shaved path that marked the straight borderline that rose at both sides of the river straight on the mountains at both sides of the ravine.
Chilliwack USA border
Anyway none of the authorities are serious about this specific border crossing because once in USA, nearest road is the road to Mount Baker that is at least 75 kilometers (as crow flies) after passing tall Snowy Mountains. Whereas Mt. Baker itself is a snow covered volcano in these endless mountains. May be going to Kedarnath from Gangotri is much easier than crossing this border illegally and arriving alive at some road-head in USA.
Chilliwack-USA border
In Frederic Forsyth’s novel “The Afgan”, prisoner (Izmat Khan) escapes through the vicinity of Mount Baker to Canada in the snowy impassable mountains. He follows the route of airliners in the sky towards Vancouver.
Once I visited Chilliwack USA border, along that shaved line that marks the boundary between two countries. There are no check posts or guards but border is watched by satellites and cameras at random. Crossing at un-designated points is illegal but still lots of marijuana smuggling goes on on this border. Gentle climate of this area permits intense growth in the highest resinous marijuana varieties, that people plant in the wilderness in USA or Canada near border.
Seaplane at Lake Chilliwack
Chilliwack River joins several rivers and becomes Vedder River just before it enters in Chilliwack area.
Let’s start our walk on the Vedder Mountain Road Bridge. We park our car in the parking by the bridge. This trail is called Rotary Trail. This trail runs for 15. 5 km along the north dyke of the Vedder River, and with a surface that is suitable for walking, running, cycling or horseback riding. Picnic tables and benches are situated along the trail.
A farm in Chilliwack area
So we are at the bank of the bubbling Vedder River and it is coming out of the mountains and about to settle down a bit but still it is bubbling with noise.
Water is blueish green and very clear. We can spot salmon and trout fishes in it. We begin our walk at the Rotary trail, a bridal path along the north bank of the river.
Vedder River
Soon we see tallest trees in the world. At this trail is a mixture of two main towering trees, one is Douglas Fir and other is Cottonwood Poplar. After some distance woods intensify at both sides of the river.
Cottonwood Poplar
Here we spot the plant Equisetum. I have never seen such a healthy variety of Equisetum (horse tail).
Equisetum (Horse Tail)
This is a major homeopathy remedy for children who wet their bed.
This is not just healthy but very potent variety here. When I walked first time and I saw this plant, I ate some of its leaves in the evening. I had a miserable night, I drained off buckets.
Equisetum (Horse Tail)
Each time I only wondered about from where this much liquid is coming out of my body. Each time I thought I must be shrinking fast or just my body is turning it into water. Homeopathy works in the principal of Similia. That makes sense, why this medicine is used for bed-wetting children.
http://homeoint. org/books/boericmm/e/equis-h. htm
Principal action on the bladder. A remedy for enuresis and dysuria.
Well, let’s enjoy on the bench and listen to the shouting river and see an occasional fish. An old couple is making coffee on the little Coleman gas stove on the picnic bench a little far from us.
Lady shouts, “Hey fellas, want some coffee. ”
Yes of-course we want some coffee so we walk to them.
Vedder River
People here are very gentle and chatty and they are always seeking opportunity to chat with someone. After some coffee and lots of chat we say goodbye to them and continue our walk.
Now at our right is a vine growing and when I walked her first time, I suspected it Bryonia Alba (Alba means white flowers). I made a mistake to chew a twig and it burned my mouth and gave me a bad day. This proved that it was indeed deadly poisonous plant bryonia. Bryonia is also a major homeopathy remedy.
From: http://homeoint. org/books/boericmm/b/bry.htm
Wild Hops
Aching in every muscle. The general character of the pain here produced is a stitching, tearing; worse by motion, better rest. Mucous membranes are all dry. The Bryonia patient is irritable; has vertigo from raising the head, pressive headache; dry, parched lips, mouth; excessive thirst, bitter taste.
Well folks, bryonia is prescribed based upon the dry mouth and patients drinks water to relive the symptoms. Bryonia is an extremely potent medicine.
So let’s continue our walk and listen to river, gaze at the mountains. There is a campsite at the other side of river.
Bryonia is a character (Constitutional) remedy for business-minded and mean people. If you know someone mean and someone who makes lots of noise when sick. And who collapses when sick but suddenly stands up upon hearing money or business matters – Bryonia is the medicine.
Curtis Lake in Chilliwack
Canadians Love camping and some people become lifetime campers after retirement. They sell their home and buy a recreational vehicle and spend the rest of their life moving around one campsite to other because one may stay in a campsite for a certain number of days only.
Chilliwack area
The road at the other side of river goes to Yarrow and then it meets route 1, that is Trans Canada Highway. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a famous herb that is growing all around us here. The herb with white flowers growing at the corner of our bench is Yarrow.
Millefolium (Achillea millefolium)
Text Book of Materia Medica.
By Adolph Lippe, M. D.
Vedder River
Professor of Materia Medica at the Homœopathic College of Pennsylvania.
Millefolium (Achillea millefolium).
Hæmorrhages from the rectum, caused by too violent exertion.
Mucous diarrhœa.
Profuse bleeding from the hæmorrhoidal tumors.
Hæmorrhages from various organs.
(Women) Hæmorrhage from the uterus from too violent exertions.
Menses too profuse.
Vedder River
Suppressed menstruation with epileptic attacks.
Barrenness, with too profuse menstruation.
This is a wonder medicine and perform magic on the cases of internal hemorrhages especially in women reproductive ailment.
So we enjoyed the bubbling river and views let’s walk further where Rotary Trail passes by dense towering trees. Here we see another wonder medicinal plant Symphytum. Problem is symphytum is that you can learn to identify it only in the spring season when it flowers. Well it is spring here in Chilliwack in the mid June and Symphytum is flowering. This can be cooked and made a tasty subzi also.
http://homeoint. org/books/boericmm/s/symph. htm
by William BOERICKE, M. D.
Presented by Médi-T
The root contains a crystalline solid, that stimulates the growth of epithelium on ulcerated surfaces. It may be administered internally in the treatment of gastric and duodenal juries to sinews, tendons and the periosteum. Acts on joints generally. Neuralgia of knee.
Vedder River, near we park our car
Of great use in wounds penetrating to perineum and bones, and in non-union of fractures; irritable stump after amputation, irritable bone at point of fracture. Psoas abscess. Pricking pain and soreness of periosteum.
I had a knee injury and I thought that my useful life is over and Symphytum cured me. It is used to mend broken bones. That’s why natives called it Knitbone because it knits the bones again.
Mount Chilliwack
There are some Indian families in Chilliwack although no Indian grocery stores etc. Abbotsford is about 35 kilometers where a sizable Indian population lives and there are many Indian cuisines and supermarkets.
So how was your day.

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