Early chum arrivals

I’ve been waiting for the end of the month when the salmon return. Yesterday however, I decided to go earlier to the lower end of Hoy Creek where salmon spawn because I hadn’t walked there in months.IMG_0530The path cuts through the back of properties with the creek on the opposite side, but there’s a fair section where you feel you’re lost in the wilderness even though it’s in the city.

Hoy Creek trail, Coquitlam.
Hoy Creek trail, Coquitlam.
Dead tree, Hoy Creek trail, Coquitlam, B.C.
Dead tree, Hoy Creek trail, Coquitlam, B.C.

When I came to the section running close by the creek, I heard familiar sounds: the splashing of chum tails; the excitement of children’s voices. I discovered when I got to the bridge and two animated boys that a few early arrivals were making their way upstream. Further along, there was already a few dead salmon, their distinct smell permeating the forest.

Dead salmon, Hoy Creek, Coquitlam. B.C.
Dead salmon, Hoy Creek, Coquitlam. B.C.

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