The latest missive from this blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent Anna Smith has arrived.
She lives on a boat in Vancouver.
Where the Nechako River converges with the Fraser, a woman fleeing the police tried to escape them by jumping onto an ice floe where she lit a fire in a bid to destroy evidence. She was eventually captured by boat.
The ice floes sometimes make it all the way through Hell’s Gate canyon and down here to the Fraser delta. I have never seen any with women on them though.
One year, hundreds of icebergs the size of boxcars came down from the Thompson River. They went past single file, like a train going by… for days.
When the tide changed, it was like a two-lane highway, with the icebergs going slowly past in both directions on the currents. It was fascinating to watch.
There is still a lot of snow on the mountains. The river is still really low. In a few months the freshet will be going and it will probably look like Bangladesh by June. I made friends with a lady from there on the train and when I told her I lived on a boat she looked really upset. I told her it wasn’t that bad.
“What about the snakes?” she asked. “Aren’t you afraid of the snakes?”
“What snakes?” I asked her.
She told me that all the rivers have snakes. I told her there are no snakes in the Fraser and that reassured her a bit, but not completely.
There is a rickety old fishing boat that goes past every spring. It has a hot tub in the back and a naked lady jumping around in it… That happens later on, though.
There is a big cat who lives next door who likes to dart around. He is not the friendly sort and he looks a bit like an ocelot. His name is Bill.
There is a mast lying above the reeds on the riverbank and, in the summer, I like to watch Bill prowling along the mast as if it’s his personal walkway. I take photos of him from my boat. He is very handsome and wild-looking. I don’t know who he belongs to or why he is called Bill.
Speaking of ice floes, did I mention that I’m doing another striptease show at The Penthouse?
There is a rather odd news report about the woman trying to escape the police on the ice floe on YouTube.