Wow, this is a pretty cool website. I'm awful at names, but I do remember the store and the 25cents. I used to ride my little pony from cinnibar to extension as a kid. 7 years old. Those were the days. We never did much treasure hunting. But enjoyed it all the same. Remember the shed where the old Bookmobile would stop to. M&M stables. Wonder if any of those girls are around now?
Went to Extension School to. Then south wellington for one year, then chase river for 5, 6 and 7. Went to five schools growing up, and never moved once! I think I had a Mrs. Story.
Has anyone found the mine in the bottom of cinnibar? There are a few access from white rapids, and mr. torko's old farm in cinnibar, and nanaimo river rd, follow power lines.
The bluffs in there we found when we were around 13. Many years later i found them again. there is an old sawmill, old mac and blo site, and the bluffs, where i was told a war dodger lived. They did a bunch of logging a few years ago, and found a hand dug, and filled mine there. If i ever figure out how to scan pics, i'll post the pics i took.
Wow - interesting info & post DelightfulR! I'd love to see some pictures!
re: scanning: I don't have a scanner at home, sometimes I just take a digital snapshot *of* the photograph - it works quite well! Maybe try that?
I took the pics a few years back with a normal camera, and need to pick up a usb cable to hook up the scanner!
Maybe if it clears up, I'll go in and take some more pics. It's a good time of the year, cause there isn't to much undergrowth. To muddy for horse or quad though!
The Bluffs and Macblo sight and the mine you are refering to, would the location sort of be, between behind Cinabar Valley Road and the Old portion of Garners / Torkos farm? Sort of between Cinabar Valley and South Wellington with part of the ridge dividing them. Kinda in a little valley with a bit of a stream running through it? Maybe with a 45 gallon drum with one side cut out of it laying around?
As for the M&M crew, I think at least one of the girls is living down in Oregon.
I think the stables are kinda gone though!
I went to Extension in grade six, South Wellington for grade 7, then Cedar junior for 8,9, and 10. I think it was 1974 for Extension school for me.
By the way, welcome DelightfulR, and hello to Al, and all the rest and Merry Christmas!
Best regards, Dave.
yes, yes, yes. That is the spot. When I found it, many years ago, I found some newspaper clippings under the bluff. One of them was a little insignificant article about pearl harbour being attacked by Japan. Years later when i went back, (having finally studied history) I looked for those papers. Didn't find that article, but did find some little pieces of newspaper that were left. I brought them home and still have them somewhere.
Mr. Torko, would never tell me how to find stuff, he'd just ask if I found it. Found the secret valley, riding the fence line for him one day. A wire gate hidden under a big cedar tree. If there's a gate, there is something behind it. On the farm side, there was no indication of anything. On the other side there was a very worn old road.
But I didn't know about the mine until more recently when they logged it! Amyone know the story there?
AARGH! Too damn interesting! You folks're driving me nuts.
There is so much to explore here! I love the kind of bluffs that are out that way. The ones to the east when you've just turned onto White Rapids from Nanaimo River Rd; and the big ridge that's farther to the east, visible from further north towards Extension? What's that ridge called? It has houses on top, and it's between Extension Rd and the highway.
I don't know what the ridge is called, but you've got the right place. The easiest way to find it, is to go off nanaimo river rd. Go down the power lines towards cinnibar (bore's hole powerline). Go past the gravel pit. Keep going down. It'll get swampy on the road, then straight up. Keep to the left. Past the Yellow pipe things. Stay right. Watch the trail to the left carefully. Eventually there is a maple tree, and it has a little sign on it. It'll be a little wood sign someone hung. (cant remember name). Look for a creek going down. Or run off, wet and mucky. Go down. When you are at the bottom, you'll be on a trail. follow it and watch to the right. you'll see the bluffs. If you watch on the left of the trail you'll see the remains of the sawmill. It's pretty disinigrated now. If you don't turn off to the bluffs and keep following the trail, it will come to a road. Go left, till you cross the crick, Look for the mossy trees (you'll know when you see them) right after crick on right is a flat spot (mac and blo camp). If you follow that road it will take you up to a grassy clearing and that is white rapids. (harder to find going in that way)
Now backing up, coming from the bluff, when you hit the road go straight on a new logging road, over tree laying on road (at least 2 years it was done). It was pretty overgrown when i was last there, but go left. mash through the salmon berries and logs down. Watch for a turn to the right. About 6 houses worth of distance. not far. if you hit the crick, back up. When you find the road to the right, go to the end. not to far. There should be a little trail over a hump of dirt. follow trail and watch to right. that is the mine. Took me a while to find it. Well worth it though.
And I'm always up for a hike!!!
*Roars and stands up, breaking chains - heads south towards Cinnabar*
I've walked home to Nanaimo from the Boar's Hole a few times, along those same powerlines. You lost me a tiny bit after that hill after the swampy part (Warning, Lines Overhead). But I think I'd like to go sometime, too. Maybe we should plan something for the New Year, folks! (This never works.)
I could use a good hike. I'm going to go check out the petroglyphs you wrote about next clear day.
Not on the boars hole side. The other side of the road. cross the street!!
I would endeavor to make this work for sure! DelightfulR - your directions read like a pirate treasure map to us.
Originally Posted by riverrat
We should definitely plan something for the New Year!