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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hiking the Hope Lookout


This post starts at the top with the unobstructed vista of Hope, B.C. from the Lookout. It is quite a view - the reward for the 1 and a half hour hike to the top. 

Hope BC © Stephen Mullock

It is possible to get to the lookout a lot faster.  In fact, there is a statute near the parking lot indicating trail runner speeds between 23 and 29 minutes.  I am impressed - this trail although only 2.4 kilometres in length has an average grade of 19.2% and an elevation gain of 480 metres.  The conditioning of these trail running athletes must be remarkable. I would rate this trail as being of medium difficulty.  Here is a site for hiking and travel directions to the parking lot and trail head.

The group I am with however have ages in the 50s and 60s and so we are taking our time enjoying the forest with frequent breaks for water and rest. I am wearing good hiking shoes and carry poles, water and a lunch to enjoy at the top.

The trail is well maintained and a number of benches are provided for the weary.  I manage to find them all.


Pika © Stephen Mullock

As we near the lookout I hear a "whistling" from the scree above and see this little guy in amongst the rocks. Known as the "whistling hare" this small mammal, a Pika, had been sending a high pitched warning call out to other Pikas - humans are near.  A very shy creature, I was pleased to get a few photographs before it dove back into the rocks and was gone. 

As we returned I was reminded of the force of nature. This picture shows a recent windfall the tree roots splayed upward with ferns and earth still hanging from it.



Close proximity to coastal forests such as this one near Hope, B.C. is just one of many benefits of eastern Fraser Valley living.  If you are planning on hiking please be prepared, and remember to "pack out" whatever you "pack in". Happy trails.


Imagine living here.... 

Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam is one of only two real estate offices in Hope. Give us a call.


Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Best Family Event in July - The Harrison Festival of the Arts


For locals, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is like taking a holiday at home. For visitors it is one more reason to come back to Harrison Lake. Imagine grabbing a lawn chair and setting it up under the branches of a willow tree swaying in the breeze, suddenly you hear an instrument being tuned - just wait, the magic is about to begin.  Likely you will not know the song - that is part of the fun of music exploration. The world comes to Harrison Hot Springs from July 11 to the 19th and with them comes their music, stories, art and goods. Check out the festival lineup at harrisonfestival.com.




© Stephen Mullock
This year, so far, I have caught three performances. Last Saturday at the Memorial Hall, Ayrad mesmerized us with a Moroccan blend of propulsive music. Soon we were a hip-swaying dancing mass under the spell of Ayrad's massive groove. Such a good time.

Last night on the beach, Don Alder was featured. A guitar virtuoso that packed a huge wow factor. Also I had never seen a harp guitar. It is pictured above.

At the Memorial Hall, this the only Literary Cafe of the festival featured Corin Raymond's "Bookworm".  Weaving a tale about the power of books, family and love Corin seemed to plumb my own memories with tales about Spider-Man, Ray Bradbury and the Minotaur. He ended "Bookworm" to a standing ovation. Well done Corin!  

I should mention the Memorial Hall is a small, intimate room that is wonderfully air conditioned.

These performances are now all in the past but there is much more to come. Check it out at harrisonfestival.com. See you there....

REAL ESTATE - there are plenty of real estate opportunities in Harrison Hot Springs from beach front condos, river view apartments to single family houses only a short distance away from the beach.  Contact me if you are interested I live nearby.

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stephen Mullock A Recommended Chilliwack Realtor


Customer service remains a #1 priority with me even after being so many years in the real estate business, so, a letter like the following means a lot to me.  Thank you David and Monica, you are a wonderful couple, it was a pleasure being your Realtor©.


© Stephen Mullock 2015

Our experience:

We recently moved from Ottawa to Chilliwack. In preparing for the move we came across Stephen Mullock’s realty website which we found to be an excellent source of information for both the real estate market and for general information on the Chilliwack area. When it came time for us to start our search for a house in Chilliwack, we decided to call Steve.

From the very beginning, Steve was the consummate professional. He zeroed in very quickly on our needs and was able to show us houses that we were really interested in. This was very important to us since we had a limited amount of time for house hunting and did not want to waste any time. 

Steve was very flexible in dealing with us and was always able to accommodate our schedule and our needs. His knowledge of the housing market in the Lower Fraser Valley is excellent. His years of experience in the industry really proved helpful to us. He knows the pluses and minuses of all the communities within the area.

When it came time to make an offer, Steve guided us effortlessly through the entire process and made a number of excellent suggestions regarding the offer. 

Both my wife and I found it to be a very pleasurable experience dealing with Steve. He was able to put us both at ease and did not put any pressure on us. His recommendations were always made with our best interests in mind. We have no hesitation in giving Steve my highest recommendation for anyone interested in a realtor in the Chilliwack area.


David and Monica B.

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.