For some folks finding a diamond would be considered the ultimate score, but for others its rust. I happen to be one who falls into the second category, that’s for sure. Mrs. Toad, on the other hand, probably resonates with the first category. Today we continue our long-running photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” with a trip back to the BC Forest Discovery Centre in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
The entire island was pretty much founded on the back of the logging and mining industries, and us islanders are dedicated to preserving these memories and artifacts to share with all future generations. The Egyptians have gold encrusted Sarcophagus’s to act as reminders, we have rusty antiques. Neither is more beautiful than the other, at least in the eye of this beholder.
I am sure that the question in your mind now is one that everyone has asked themselves; I am no different here. What is this, exactly? At first glance it’s got 4 wheels and an engine… the perfect recipe for a vehicle to have fun in! All that we’re missing is a seat, a steering wheel and some cool gauges. Oh yeh, and one of those wonderful scarfs that will trail in the wind as we careen our way down the busy highways.
Closer scrutiny reveals that we are probably looking at a rudimentary form of fire-fighting equipment here. This particular unit it absolutely well-loved. Great rusty textures and details all come popping out of the scene here, producing a striking figure.
As we continued our adventure with the Mudpuppies on this searing summers day, we came across this find. Once again, the first glance may reveal to the viewer a scene of utmost confusion. Not readily identifiable, we can honestly tell you this artifact is massive. The log perched atop the unit here is one of our bigger logs on the island, requiring the ginormous vehicle with its oversize wheels to move it from point-to-point.
I think what’s really amazing here in this shot, is this vehicle was designed to run on log rails. The engineering involved in designing and creating the required rail-line is truly mind-boggling to me, and produces yet another example of how necessity is truly the mother of all invention. I sure wouldn’t want to be the one responsible for changing a flat on this!
Our final parting shot for today’s post is of some form of a crane. I could be totally wrong, but I believe this is a steam-powered unit due to the stack on top of the cab. To me, it resembles the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz for some reason.
We really had a great time exploring the museum and surrounding facility this day with our friends. We found so many fabulous items, many of which we’d never seen before. I actually filled my memory card and had to go pruning part-way through the visit just due to the incredible amount of photography opportunities we found. Way more than we expected, that’s for sure!
If ever you get a chance to visit the museum, we highly recommend it. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy, and we are quite sure you’ll come away fascinated and educated on what early life on Vancouver Island in Canada was all about. We’re definitely going to head back there this year again; hopefully we’ll grab some of the shots that we missed on the first round.
Thanks so very kindly for your wonderful visit today, we really do appreciate it. As always, we encourage everyone to leave us any comments that you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.