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called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - April, Week 2/2008
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gotten a little closer to the identity of our little
killer bird newly arrived to the area. But it's
still not a sure thing, even with pictures. Maybe
readers can help but darned if we can positively identify
what we've got according to the bird book.
Andy walked over to the neighbour's to check for damage
to the docks stored on that shore. While he was there,
these hawks started carrying on. One had caught something
and was flying along with it while the other tried to
take it away. Apparently it succeeded in doing so and
it turned out to be the female because according to our
bird book, they're always much larger.
I had already taken a quick snap with the little
camera when one of these hawks came cruising by the deck
for a blackbird snack, but since I'd had the camera
set on video while I recorded the wild lake sounds, I
was too slow to react. You really couldn't tell much about
the bird by the time I got a picture of it. Andy came
back over and got me so we slung binoculars and camera
over our necks and went trekking. All the while the lake
was thundering and rattling, while water 'breathed' up
through the cracks and the blackbirds sang over it all.
It's pretty noisy around here in the spring.
There was no sign of the hawks once we got there, but
Andy did point out what he thought might be their nest.
It makes sense because there was no question they were
mating a month or so ago. At least I can't imagine
any other reason for all the ruckus they were making.
While we waited for them to arrive back we wandered around
taking note of all the ice folded up here and there. The
other two docks are okay, but a dock salvaged some time
ago by the one neighbour who was going to fix it up and
use it is now beyond salvage. It's pretty twisted
up and it's definitely toast. We wanted to check
on his airplane because of the way the ice was acting,
but it was okay. A ridge of ice had come up under his
airplane floats but fortunately was too brittle to do
any damage. Andy broke it down with his foot pretty easily.
Everything else looked okay so we returned to sit on a
stump in the sun and see if our hawk returned. It suddenly
did but since it was behind me, I only got a few quick
pictures before it disappeared but it's a beautiful bird.
It started hunting over the meadow but it's
such a quick and silent little thing that it's easy to
lose track of it.
We think it's either a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp shinned
Hawk, both with a spread in the 20 some inch range,
but we still can't rule out American Kestral or Merlin.
Whatever it is, its presence here on a full time basis
is definitely uncommon because I think that last year
may have been the first sign we ever saw of the species.
I'll post the best picture I got and you guys can let
me know what you think it is.
Terry B. and my Mom were out having fun in the skies today
and flew over Nimpo Lake several times checking
out the ice ridges. They estimated around ten
of them on the Main Arm alone and I can only assume it's
because of the warm up, then sudden drop in temperature,
and we've had a wind out of the north for the last few
days which could be pushing the ice down to us from the
North Arm. Who knows. It's all 'guesstimation' anyway
and we're not the only ones that will sustain damage from
it this year. Terry figures his big airplane dock is in
danger and I dread to think what sideways pressure will
be put on docks along the Main Arm.
It went down to -15C or 5F last night and it definitely
got above freezing today. The sun had a lot of
power and a great deal of ice had already melted out along
the shore by noon. I'm hoping this cold spell will end
and start some serious melting so that the ice stops folding
I had hoped to start a new week tonight because I have
lots of new pics to post, but we've lots to get ready
for tomorrow and I'm running out of time. I'll probably
just delete a few pics on the right or save my new ones
for a new week and move this update into when I can.
For anyone local that didn't remember, the Nimpo
Lake Community Association is putting on a bingo at the
Hall at 1:00 on Saturday. Pizza, hot dogs, chips
and soft drinks will be available and Leah and Richard
have collected an unbelievable selection of prizes from
local and Williams Lake businesses. This is to add to
our Hall improvement fund and besides, I think I volunteered
for the concession so if you show up, the soft drinks
are free. Be there or be square!
suspect Nimpo Lake is going to be called a monster by
more than one person this spring. And it isn't
going to have anything to do with the noises it makes....or
actually it does, but only as the end result.
Andy first noticed this morning that a ridge of ice had
pushed up between the point and the big island and from
the big island to the small one. The first ridge is pretty
high in spots while the second is much lower. You could
see that another ridge had been pushed up from the big
island angling away from us to the far shore but that
isn't all that uncommon. More uncommon was a tent
shaped mountain of ice that was pushed up in the back
bay near the far shore and that ridge got lower
as it went along but still extended to a bay on our side
running crossways to what is technically the Dean River.
I had never recalled seeing such a little mountain of
ice there, nor had Andy, which prompted us to take a bit
of a jaunt around our property.
We checked our dock first down by the guest cabin and
a ridge of ice had pushed up right under our dock
between the two sets of barrels, putting a pretty
good kink in one of them. The back end of the barrels
had been pushed up enough to pull the nails and force
the dock off of its winter supports and the tail of one
barrel pushed up one of the deck boards. We won't know
until all of the ice is melted off of the lake what the
total damage will be or if the barrels will 'unkink' and
pop back out again, or if they will have to be replaced.
All along the shore in our front bay and the side
shore, folds of ice had been pushed up around shrubs lining
the shore, particularly where the ice had been
melted and there had been water only days before. We think
that's what happened in the dock area, and indeed, wherever
you see a ridge of ice now, there had been
open water. When it froze over in the cold of the last
couple of days, it formed another three or four inches
of fresh ice, but compared to between two and three feet
of ice on the rest of the lake, it would still be the
weakest point of all. If the lake ice was growing again
or moving, it would first crack and then fold on those
We went around to our point where we have the 'christmas'
tree with the red lights on it all winter so that sledders
can find their way home to see what had occurred there,
and where there had only been a monster crack extending
from our point to the far shore yesterday, there
was now a monster ridge of ice pushed up where that crack
had been and seemed fairly recent. A couple more
large cracks ran along the shore and were fresh enough
that water was still 'breathing' under the fresh skim
of ice formed this evening.
The ridges and cracks certainly explained all of the noise
for the past couple of days. Two nights ago the
lake was making noises like a movie set UFO the
way it does when the ice is growing. No surprise considering
our temperatures. Yesterday and last night it never stopped
rumbling, and today....we've never heard it sound like
it did today. It just grumbled continually and it
was loud with lots of gunshot cracking. I actually
recorded it again this afternoon so I'll have to mess
around with the sound this week and see if I can get it
uploaded to the Lakesounds
I got to sneak away from my computer for a little while
today when my partner came in and invited me to help contribute
to global warming by starting some slash on fire. Heaven
knows we could do with all the warming we could get considering
our temperatures. It was down to -16.5C or 3F last night
and never did make it to above freezing today.
We've actually been waiting for a reasonably calm day
to start some big slash piles on fire over on property
belonging to two different neighbours who aren't here
this winter and asked us to do the burning. By the time
they get back fire season could be upon us and then they
can't burn, so we often get to play the neighbourhood
firebugs. Suits me. I like fire and it's way more
fun than being stuck in my office.
We got several big piles burning and played around with
pushing in limbs as they burned down until we both smelled
suitably of heavily smoked salmon. Guilt finally got the
better of me and I had to come back to work but it was
fun while it lasted and the corner out on our road already
looks considerably better. Now if we could just get rid
of a few hundred more red trees....
Little Spring Surprise
on Vancouver Island woke up to a little surprise this
morning coming in the form of about a foot of snow.
I gathered from the news that most snow clearing equipment
had been put away by now because the airport manager at
Nanaimo said he had to get his plow back on his truck
and the same for the city workers because they were slow
to get out this morning.
A lot of flights got held up and power lines were down,
but with quickly warming temperatures, the snow won't
stay on roads long. It's beyond my understanding as to
why you would insist on going out on a Saturday morning
during a record April snowfall, only to end up in the
ditch, if you absolutely didn't have to.
Vancouver itself only got a light snow that melted in
no time but the Okanagan got about three inches and everyone
the province over was bemoaning the fact that the little
tulip heads on their little tulips were covered in snow.
Ha! That's what you get for stealing our
The diehards here have been praying for snow and
we only got a light dusting, but they went out snowmobiling
anyway this morning. Had we gotten a few inches
of snow to cover the ice on Nimpo Lake, I suspect Andy
would have jumped the twelve feet of open water near shore
with his machine to cross over to the other side of the
lake, but as it was, he and Richard had to load their
sleds up in the trucks, and drive down to
the other end of Nimpo. The ice is just too slippery to
run on right now with little snow on it so there's just
not enough lubrication for the snowmachines. And since
it went down to -13C or 8F last night, obviously there's
no water laying on the ice, either.
The weather people were right again, (Jeepers!)
having forecast a cold front moving in by the weekend.
Yesterday we had blowing snow and frigid temps out of
the north and while it's settled down a bit, it's still
cold outside. This cold spell is expected to last for
about three days and then it looks like we'll get some
nice weather next week if the satellite pictures are at
The red winged blackbirds have begun to mob the bird feeder
now, but so did the chickadees yesterday, and they haven't
been around much, probably because overall, our temperatures
haven't been too bad. They're far better weather
forecasters than the weathermen, that's for sure.
They've just been picking here and there for the past
couple of months because for the most part, enough bare
ground and seed heads have been exposed, and enough insects
have been in the trees, that they've been well fed. Yesterday
though, they started hitting the feeder hard from morning
on, so you knew cold temperatures were coming. Last night
quite a few blackbirds huddled up in a spruce tree in
front of our house looking cold, miserable, and determined
to not get too far from the bird feeder. Unfortunately,
they make easy targets for predators as a result. A
falcon went cruising slowly by checking out the bird buffet
at supper time and I don't know if it's the same
one from last year or not, but it's obviously got the
advantages of that bird feeder figured out.
I've just gotten back to the computer here after having
a visitor for a while and finishing up canning some apple
butter so I don't have much else to report. The sun keeps
trying to peek through the heavy cloud so it alternates
between too hot or too cold in the house as happens every
spring and fall. It's also making a difference to the
temperature on the surface of the ice because the
lake is booming quite a bit right now. It looks
like it's snowing over the mountains so the guys won't
have much for visibility but it's probably the last ride
of the season so they'll be making the most of it no matter
what the weather does!
Little Weather Update
you've all probably realized by now, I have my work computer
back from the repair shop. I'm still struggling to get
things cleaned up by the time true spring hits so that
I can be outside instead of chained to a computer inside.
Hence, no blog for the past couple of days, but there
really hasn't been a lot happening, either.
Our temperatures did drop slightly on Sunday as
predicted, but not nearly as much as I expected.
As a result, our melt has continued and last night it
only dropped to barely below freezing. I think that the
last time I looked at the thermometer it was over 12C
and at least 17C in the sun. That's over 60 degrees Fahrenheit,
which is really warm for us. And very nice too, I might
add. We're supposed to have one more day of not too bad
temperatures and then the mercury is supposed to
plummet over the weekend for all of BC.....Naturally.
Our winds have kept up most days, with some getting pretty
wild. This morning was an exception, actually, to where
it was reasonably calm until later this afternoon. I had
hoped we could burn some slash piles today because the
snow is melted off of them but not from around them, so
they would be quite safe to burn, even though some of
them are sitting smack in the middle of a forest of very
red, very dead trees. But...the wind came up and it was
It's hard to get mad at all of the wind this time of year
because it really does aid in drying things out. Break
Up would probably last twice as long if it weren't for
the wind. Still, going out on the deck in warm
sunshine this morning with not a breath of wind makes
your realize how nice it is when it's calm and how warm
it is when it's not blowing cold air over barely melted
ice on the lake. There were even flies around, probably
because the boards on the front of the house were so warm.
The rotten little mothers were even breeding, at least
until they got flattened. I swear, even if there
was a holocaust that wiped out every living thing on the
face of the earth, those bloody things would still be
buzzing around, doubled up jumbo jet style in
the spring doing the hokey pokey.
Our hole in the ice out front has enlarged. In fact, there's
only a narrow little frozen walkway to get out on the
ice that was formed by the ramp Andy built with the Bobcat
this winter for running the sleds up off the lake. Otherwise,
there's water or thin ice on both sides for a few feet.
Once out on the lake ice away from shore it's good and
solid. Over by the cabin the ice has melted away
from the bank at least 5 to 6 feet all along the lake
shore and little fish and other creatures are
darting around in the warm, open water. It won't last
long, of course. Not if we're getting a cold spell because
everything will freeze back over, but it's a start. You
would think by now that everyone living in this country
would be patient because you know everything
has to melt and spring has to come some
time. It's just the law of nature. But you still go around
noting all the signs, maybe hoping that somehow, some
way, paying close attention will speed things up. It won't,
but we all do it anyway.
Friends of ours were doing yard work the day before yesterday
vigorously raking and burning all day. That's awesome,
but I don't have the nerve to do that. That's like
waving a red flag at a bull as far as I'm concerned.
That's like saying, "Okay, Mother Nature, come
smack me a good one." POOF!! Two feet of
snow! And she'll say...."Serves you right.
That's what you get for trying to push spring."
As it was, we did get a little tiny powder
sugar coating of snow the next morning, but since our
friends are fervently wishing for snow so that they can
go snowmobiling again, I think Mother Nature chose to
ignore their transgression. (I know, you think that all
sounds like superstition, don't you? You should try living
I took a look at all my perennials in the garden yesterday
covered in last year's dead leaves and stems and decided
to leave them that way for a while yet. It provides
an insulating blanket against the cold and I have
many times before tried to put the jump on spring to my
detriment. Perennials that were doing just fine, well
established and happy, died because I removed the mulch
too soon. That's why I always say, "You don't want
to piss off Mother Nature!"
I can't think of anything else to report so I'll get back
to work. Thanks very much to those people that sent a
note with feedback regarding the lake sounds. I really
What A Different World Out There
amazing what a difference one day of warm temperatures
can make, but two days is phenomenal! Yesterday it got
up to 15C or 55F but we had a vicious wind.
I should remark here that the weathermen was actually
right in their predictions for a change. Mind you, it
must have been a pretty obvious prediction to make because
the weathermen on both news channels that we watch insisted
that Saturday was going to be exceptionally warm and windy
and they can't ever agree on anything. I'm always surprised
when they can agree on what day of the week it is.
Since we knew that the warm spell was coming I made
a note of how much crusted snow was still covering the
lawn yesterday morning. Not only was it all gone
by this afternoon, it was gone so fast that it was spring
green in places. That won't last once the cold comes back
but was refreshing to see.
I have a low spot in the center of my garden where all
of the snow melt ends up, including all of the winter's
accumulation that slides off of both the roof on the house
and the garage. Yesterday, if I had tried to walk
there, I would have sunk into mud up to my knees.
Today, I could probably walk on it without sinking in
at all. I think that's where a pond might eventually go.
It makes sense to put one there.
Yesterday I would have stepped off of our shoreline onto
the ice in front of our place with confidence. Not so
today. The heat of the sun off the banks and the reeds
has melted right through the ice and there's open
water there now going out several feet. Andy drove
the fourwheeler across the lake yesterday to pick up the
trail groomer and bring it back to this side and he said
there are literally hundreds of spider holes from football
sized to something a person could drop into. He said they're
all frozen over but it's clear black ice with long cracks
radiating from each. That's usually the best sign
that the lake ice is going to start to go rotten.
I still wish I knew what causes spider holes. It's a mystery
to me but I sure would love the answer!
The wind we had yesterday was down right nasty and gusting
like crazy, but it did us a favor by carrying away all
that moisture from melting snow. Our power flickered a
couple of times yesterday but Kleena Kleene was
out of power all yesterday afternoon and evening because
trees had gone over on the line down at Chilanko.
A friend visiting from Anahim Lake had a tree fall right
next to her house. I couldn't tell much from the screen
on her digital camera, but it was a huge spruce that just
barely grazed the roof of her house and several of the
branches were on the deck. I think it fell on the corner
where her family park their vehicles and if that's the
case, there's only a few feet between the vehicles and
their house and it's a miracle the tree didn't do any
damage. Her husband's Saturday night out had to be canceled
because he was going to spending the night cutting up
the tree and cleaning up the debris.
We got lucky. No trees down but I sure expected
it. I'm actually surprised how well our few remaining
trees are doing. Considering that until last winter, they
were sheltered by a thick grove. Once we had to take most
of them out killed by mountain pine beetle, I didn't expect
the rest to have a well enough developed root system to
hang in there, and of course, seven of them didn't. But
the rest are doing okay. Now we just have to see which
ones turn red this summer.
Today wasn't nearly as warm as yesterday, getting up to
only about 4 or 5C or around 35 or 36F and still quite
windy, but the fact that it didn't freeze last night made
a huge difference. In fact, it was warmer at 4am
this morning than it was just before noon, but
that's because the weathermen were predicting a cooling
trend after our one day wonder. Right again! Woo Hoo!
Two for two! That's pretty darn unusual, for our
weather forecasters to be correct two days in a row.
Unfortunately, in the face of this morning's warm temperatures,
today's sledding expedition was called off. Warm temps
meant lots of lubrication for sliders this morning and
the sleds would probably have stayed cool, but if it was
soft up top, then snow conditions would not be very nice.
I think everyone feels pretty much the way I do. It's
time to park the sled and get on with spring.
A big nasty black front moved in from the southwest around
supper time last night and I fully expected hard rain
or snow, but it only sprinkled a bit after midnight. It
looks like there's another big cloud bank to the west
tonight but otherwise the sky is clear so I expect it
will drop well below freezing tonight. That's okay. At
least we got one good shot in the arm and it sure took
a lot of snow down.
I was talking to one fellow last night who's been
plagued by wolves all winter and has been losing
cows in the midst of calving to them. Another nearby lost
two horses to the packs last summer. I don't know if there's
been an increase in the local wolf population, if they've
been driven out of the high country by the larger than
normal snowfalls, or if they've followed their prey down
from out of the mountains that have been driven out by
deep snow, but they definitely seem to be a problem now.
I know we don't often see wolf tracks on our snowmobiling
trails so to see a whole wolf pack following Charlotte
Main this winter was highly unusual.
I'm always torn by reports of predator depredation because
while it's nice to have wilderness so pristine it will
support wild killers rarely seen elsewhere, they can sure
wreak havoc on both domestic and wild animals such as
moose, deer and caribou. A lot of people that aren't
familiar with the backcountry think it's necessary to
protect wolves, coyotes, black bear and grizzly,
but don't realize the devastation they can cause where
there is a population explosion. It's the same as the
bald eagles. Everyone from the city oohs and aah's over
them when they arrive on the rivers of the Lower Mainland
during the salmon runs, but don't know that bald
eagles like to pluck the eyeballs out of the heads of
newborn calves as an appetizer before starting
in on the calf itself. They do the same with the young
of wild animals too, of course. And we all know that harassing
loon babies until they drown is one of their favorite
sports but they never show that on National
Geographic. I realize that it's all about survival of
the fittest out in the real world, but I have to express
sympathy for the poor rancher trying to make a living.
He's still getting far less than a dollar a pound
for a prime beef, even while you're still paying
over $7 a pound for the same, and he has to fight for
every animal he has. Although, I confess, sometimes some
of them do seem to be setting the banquet table. Those
are the sheep farmers. I have to shake my head every
time I go past a place that has sheep. I don't
know how they do it. While most cattle and horses can
fend for themselves to some extent, I have
no idea how a sheep farmer manages to keep anything alive.
In this country where a delicacy like that is easy pickings
for coyotes, wolves, black bear and grizzly, small wonder
that there are only a very few raising sheep, but I'm
surprised that even they are still in business. Everyone
likes a challenge, I guess. That or else they all have
damned good sheep dogs!
The One Day Wonder
Woo Hoo!!! You wouldn't believe our weather right
now! It was at least 10C or 50F today, if not
higher and didn't get much below -3C or 27F last night.
The first in a while and it's still 6C at 8pm. A huge
system coming in from the Pacific was supposed to be bringing
warm, moist air today, and a really, really warm day tomorrow.
Dry for the Lower Mainland but looking at the satellite
picture, iffy for us. It looks like we're right on the
jet stream and could either be wet or sunny.
In any case, the warm up is only supposed to last for
one day and then a cold front is moving in behind with
a nasty looking low.
Just today's temperatures alone made one heck of
a difference! Yesterday, we took a short jaunt
out onto the ice on Nimpo after hearing a shuffling crack
that lasted a long time to see if we could find where
the crack occurred. There was still that fresh layer of
snow on the ice which was now crunchy, and lots of fresh
cracks in it. By early this afternoon, you would never
have known there was either fresh or old
snow on the ice. Most of it had turned into a mirror with
only the old snowmobile tracks showing through the thin
layer of melt water. That will make quite a difference
because that bright new snow was reflecting the
sunlight and heat away from the ice but now, the
water on the ice will absorb the heat and warm up a lot
Even the patches of snow on the lawn are fast disappearing
and my back trail was pretty soft when I went for a walk
today. There's supposed to be a good wind tomorrow so
that will certainly help to carry away some of the moisture
from melting. It might be short lived but it sure is a
long needed touch of spring. And we're faring much better
than Calgary which got hit with that surprise dump of
over 19cm or 8 inches of snow yesterday. Wouldn't
that frost your rocket trying to get to work on ice and
snow covered roads?
Actually, we were thinking just that yesterday
while we sat on stumps out past our driveway, roasting
hot dogs over a fire set to burn up the limbs and needles
from some trees Andy knocked over for firewood. The trees
are out by the public boat launch and are all beetle killed.
It used to be a really pretty little spot for a
vacationer to come and camp but now the dead trees
pose a danger to anyone parked there. We need firewood
and it needs to be cleaned up, so it's of mutual benefit
to us and visitors to the lake. But since we would like
to keep it park like, Andy always makes sure to have a
fire and burn the debris from any tree he cuts down. As
a result, we got to have our bonus hot dog time and wondered
to ourselves what the 'other' people were doing on the
Lower Mainland and elsewhere. Fighting time constraints
and traffic and other commuters, answering cell phones,
desk phones, or raging over blackberries and putting up
with bosses. There's definitely a bright side to
living in the boonies!
I heard the first liquid trill of the blackbirds in the
trees today. They've been around for awhile, but only
the odd one. Today, the flocks started coming into the
feeder. I had been holding off filling up the birdfeeder,
which was just about empty because I was expecting them
to arrive a couple of weeks ago. I didn't really want
to put any food in and encourage them to come in, because
they just mob the feeder and the noise gets so bad over
a period of several weeks, that you can't hear yourself
think. Finally I decided they must not be coming this
year and filled 'er up. And wouldn't you know it....
I'll see how bad it gets and decide whether I'll dish
the seed back out again until they're gone. I don't like
to encourage their dependence on the feeder, especially
since I've noticed more and more immature blackbirds coming
to it every year.
We've got a different bird this year and darned
if either of us can figure out what the heck it is.
Over at the neighbour's for the past couple of weeks there
have been several fast flying birds calling almost steadily.
They look much like a hawk, but they aren't all that big,
more the size of a mosquito or nighthawk. I'm pretty sure
it must have been breeding time for them because the noise
and constant swooping has finally died down, but there
was quite a ruckus there for awhile. I'm assuming that
a number of these birds have decided to nest in that area
because it's so quiet over there, but I don't know when
they moved in.
It's funny because the one Conservation Officer
that had studied biology told us that the first indicator
that our environment was changing would be the arrival
of different species of birds. He certainly seems
to be correct on that count. Since the pine beetle devastation,
we've noticed a marked increase in some birds, including
woodpeckers, as well as a marked decrease in squirrels.
I can definitely understand the squirrels since they depend
so heavily on the pine forests for food and shelter, but
hawks? Why an increase in their numbers?
I guess everyone's going to try and go out sledding on
Sunday. That should be interesting! We watched a pair
of sleds cross Nimpo Lake today, gingerly,
I might add. If you tried to go too fast on the ice, you
would be soaked in melt water in no time, and the ice
underneath would be so slippery, it would be very
difficult to control the machine and you'd be doing whoop
de whoop 360's in no time.
I think I'll be doing a pass on the ride. My computer
just arrived back from Kelowna today so I now have two
weeks of work to catch up on. Even just getting this blog
sorted out this evening has been time consuming because
I skipped doing the RSS Feed while on the laptop, simply
because it really fouls things up. As a result, no feed
has shown up for the past two weeks, so if you had it
marked in Yahoo, or MSN, for example, it doesn't look
like I've written anything in some time.
I posted a link to some web pages I built a few
days ago as a vehicle for the lake sounds I've talked
about lots before. I haven't received a lot of
feedback yet so I can only assume that the recordings
of the ice growing in early winter, and cracking in the
spring are too poor for most people's computers. My Sister-in-law
did tell me that she couldn't hear that
much on her laptop until she plugged in some headphones
from her Walkman. That, she said, made quite a difference.
I guess not many people use the external speakers anymore
that you used to get with your computer and plug into
the jack at the back, but if you still have a pair, that
makes quite a difference too. And don't forget that if
you open the volume control on your task bar, turn up
the sound and the Wave balance. I'll post
the link here again for a reaction so that I can decide
whether to make it a permanent part of the web site. I'm
always eager to have people enjoy something about this
country as much as I do, but that sometimes doesn't
always work if it's 'beyond, beyond'. The sound links
start at Lakesounds
where you can choose what you want to listen to.
I've started a new week so you'll find last week's stuff
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!