is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada
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 - Dec., Week One/2012
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December, Everyone. Although it's not necessarily that
happy for those people who are remembering men, women
and service personnel lost 71 years ago at Pearl Harbour.
While the bombing of Pearl Harbour pushed the US into
World War II for which many Europeans are still grateful,
it was and always will be, a horrific event. I will probably
never get to Hawaii now but the memorial above the USS
Arizona was always on my list of things to see just as
I'm sure the site of the Twin Towers will be on the viewing
list of generations to come.
You would think that with it being the seventh today
that one might expect a little luck with regard to weather
but seven just isn't our lucky number today. It went down
to -15C or 5 last night and never got above -5C or 23
today at its warmest. The sun was shining for a little
while which really helped to warm up the house but as
usual, it didn't last that long. That bloody cloud moved
in over the mountains again.
We went to town on Wednesday and didn't get back until
last night so we have no idea what the weather was like
while we were gone, but judging by how cool the house
was last night when we got home, the sun didn't shine
much yesterday. Because the front of the house is all
window, we can usually get a pretty good idea as to whether
we got any sun or not just by the temperature in here.
If it's like a greenhouse in the middle of July,
the sun was shining. If it's cold in here, the
sun didn't shine enough to help out the furnace while
we were gone and it's going to take an evening of running
the wood stove and furnace to get the temperature back
up again. On our way in to town early Wednesday morning
we ran into temperatures as low as -17C or 1.4F until
we got to Williams Lake where it was much warmer. In fact
most of Wednesday and Thursday we ran in and out of stores
in shirtsleeves and without jackets with the sun shining
both days, and the temperature only dropped to about -3C
Wednesday night. That seems to have been the magic number
in town for some time. It's quite a contrast to
the temperatures we've been having. All the fun
ended when we left town. It was going on dark before we
even got to Alexis Creek so we were straining our eyes
for deer along the highway two thirds of the way home.
And of course, not long out of town the temperature dropped
and we never saw it warmer than -10C once we left Alexis
Creek. Standard issue for us lately out here. Andy thinks
that cold air from the north is sweeping down and spreading
out over the Chilcotin Plateau from east of the Fraser
River to the west. That makes sense but it doesn't explain
why it's pretty obvious that Alexis Creek and even Tatla
lake have seen much warmer temperatures. There is almost
no snow anywhere except on the very shady banks along
the highway, so if nothing else, everyone east of us has
seen a lot of sun in the past while.
Like last year, it's death by snowflake for us.
We are only getting tiny little skiffs of snow at a time
which is has actually built up to maybe two and a half
or three inches now. With any melt at all we would have
little or no snow on the ground but we were both figuring
it out yesterday, and determined that we have had next
to nothing for above freezing days. There has been just
the odd time here and there where the temps might have
made it just above freezing for an hour or so in a day,
but it's been very rare in the past 30 days. That's probably
why we have no ice on the ground at all, which is super.
It's a lot easier on the heinie when one isn't
landing on it all the time!
We haven't been down to look at the Main Arm in the past
week but I'm going to assume that with these cold nights
and chilly days, it's completely frozen over now. It will
probably only be another two weeks and we might be able
to start driving across to the boat ramp going up to Nimpo,
on ATV's anyway. Although I wouldn't be the least surprised
if it was firm enough for light vehicles as well. Then
you'll start seeing the place liven up again! This
is the quiet time between fall boaters and airplanes,
and winter snowmobilers, skiers, walkers, ATV'ers and
people ice fishing.
Soon it will be time to get our decorations up inside
and lights up on the deck outside. Andy hasn't lit up
the red Christmas tree yet out on the point, mainly because
it still has old fashioned lights on it so it's expensive
to leave lit, and no one needs a marker to find their
way on the lake yet at night. Maybe if we ever get a nice
day we'll get out there and change those lights over so
we don't keep blowing the budget and the
generators at Anahim Lake.
Yep, I got waylaid and just got back to this. Our temperatures
started dropping early this afternoon and by shortly after
supper they hit -14C or 6.8F. I'm assuming they'll keep
dropping tonight, although oddly, we have had several
nights where the mercury just plummets and we think, uh
oh.... gotta get the dogs inside.... and then it will
start rising steadily right up until I go to bed. It actually
did that last night as well but must have dropped again
early this morning. Something I'm sure the dogs were not
pleased about. They'll be happy though because they'll
be going into the garage for sure tonight, which means
every fox and other night time investigator will be around
the yard leaving scent for them to go crazy over in the
That's the only problem with the lake being frozen over
is that it gives every little critter from otters
to foxes to other dogs access to our property from all
sides instead of just down our driveway as it
is when the lake isn't covered in ice. Result? Barking
dogs when they're outside at night in the winter. I'm
sure they have no idea what they're barking at but if
it's a strange noise or scent, then they'll give a few
yaps. Thank heavens we have no neighbours this time of
I don't have much for pictures from this past week. The
weather just hasn't cooperated and we haven't spotted
any wildlife moving around, so I've put up two photos
of sunsets sent to me by Ted Hlokoff. He sent them some
time back but I just hadn't gotten around to using them.
Photos of the area will be a little scarce from him this
winter because he's away working up north but perhaps
we'll see some sledding photos from him later in the winter.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's
November Week Three.
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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!