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Wilderness Adventures - Dec., Week Two/2011

This 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 the smog!
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30/12/2011 8:30 PM

Getting it Together for New Year's

Hi everyone. I did not expect it to take me this long to get back to the blog but it's been pretty wild getting ready for Christmas and then the New Year's Party. We went down to the Okanagan and didn't get back until just a week before Christmas so there was a scrabble to get some decorating done, presents wrapped, cooking done..... you know, all that stuff. We couldn't have a Christmas tree because the cat, who is still in 'kitten' stage, unfortunately, would have destroyed every ball and decoration on the tree and would have ruined my Christmas spirit. I didn't need the headache. As a result, we had to resort to a terrible old tree that you pull out of a four by four inch box. You can just imagine what it looked like after being stored in there for a few years in favor of the real thing. It was one sorry, wienie looking thing, less than two feet tall with a terrible lean. Charlie Brown's tree had this thing beat hands down but at least it was small enough to put up on the mantle out of Trouble's way.
There is absolutely no time to write much tonight but I just wanted to get this up and let you know that there will be a blog up about the Ice Party. I just have to figure out how to work the new camorder so I can take movies at the party, and then change them into stop motion photos. We'll see how that works. My other delay is going to be changing around the blog for a new year. That always takes some effort and doing so that people can find the old year's blog. Maybe I'll leave that for a week or so.....
10/12/2011 6:30 PM

The Work Party

If you call, they'll come!
We had a great work party for the New Year's Ice Party today. Nearly 20 people showed up ready and willing to work. Andy started the slash pile on fire early this morning and dropped a number of beetle killed trees along our road that were later cut up into firewood for the New Year's bonfires. The beauty of clearing out some of these beetle killed pine is that it cuts the risk from forest fires in hot years. Two birds with one stone. Gotta like it!
We all loaded firewood and cleaned up the limbs and burned those because there's snow on the ground so it's safe. Len brought his truck and a big trailer that we loaded up with wood that he'll just keep up at his shop until the ice party, which is really nice. It saved us loading wood up into trucks, taking it to a dropoff point and then having to reload it once the ice is safe enough to cross and take it over to where the ice party will be. The guys cut up a bunch of Swiss Candles as well that we've got safely tucked under a tarp now. Those are six foot long tree butts that are sliced down the middle with a chainsaw nearly to the bottom but not quite, with four to six lengthwise cuts depending on the size of the log. Then during New Year's Eve, we drop tinder into the tops and the centers of the logs burn right down creating a huge candle that can last several hours. A few of us also went out and cut down aspen on our road on a really bad corner. You can't see around it when the aspens are in full leaf and a few of us locals have been nearly run off the road there more than once. A lot of really big aspen fell down in that hole this fall when we got that heavy, wet snow as well as a few small ones, so that corner is nearly clear now. We just cleaned it up a bit more to increase visibility and we got our aspen to hang Christmas lights on at New Year's. Now if we can just collect everyone's Christmas trees after Christmas....
So that was a big job done today, and with lots of willing hands it went really fast. It definitely makes organizing things for the Ice Party much more pleasant when you have a work party. Last year was really great too. It was just the first year that was not good and that was our fault. We should have called people and asked for more help than we did. Mind you, it didn't help that nearly everyone in the communities of Nimpo and Anahim had that bloody awful flu/cold three Christmases ago, and most of us were dead on our feet.
We were supposed to get snow today after a really beautiful week and I kind of figured it was our lousy luck, but it turned out to be another really nice day with lots of sunshine and very little breeze. About an hour after everyone had arrived it was up to freezing, so not too hot for working and not too cold for sitting around the fire. We got lots of work done and then we all had our wiener roast. We got back to work out on the road and lo and behold, Maria from the bakery showed up with hot chocolate, hot coffee and freshly baked cinnamon buns so back to the fire we went! Who's gonna turn that down?
So thank you Maria and guys and ladies that came out to help. Leah even brought the twins that are only two months old. I didn't hear a peep from the car sets sitting next to the fire so I'm assuming they were in there. At least it got her and Richard out of the house for a change and the babies got to enjoy their first bonfire and wienie roast. And in this country, that will only be the first of many. Sadly, one of our guys had to leave a little early on an ambulance call but we got lots of work out of him before he had to go. :-)
It looks like the good weather is going to continue for this next week. There were a couple of nights this week that we took the dogs for a walk in the moonlight, mostly so that we could listen to the lake. It makes such amazing sounds after a warm day and then once it's dark the temperature really starts to fall, the moon comes up, and the lake really starts talking!. I love a full moon when there's snow on the ground. We carry flashlights but don't need to turn them on. It's nearly bright enough to read a book by when the moonlight reflects back off the snow.
We still haven't caught a picture of our midnight marauder with the wildlife camera. It didn't work at all one night and night before last it only caught our cat's butt going in the cat door in the morning a couple of times. I don't know if the flash isn't working or if our home intruder hasn't been back since I scared him off the other night. Foxes cover a pretty good territory and if that's what this is, then maybe he hasn't been back this way on his rounds yet. Or maybe I put the fear of God into him the night he was in the basement.
Last night I saw one of our local foxes crossing the road when I came back from Nimpo and he was quite a ways from our place. I know it was him because he's black with a pale colored stripe around his middle and Andy has seen him on our corner.
I'm too pooped to pop so this is going to be a short blog tonight! Take a look at photos sent to me by Ted Hlokoff of the work party today. I'll put them up on the right and on the Picture of the Day.
I won't be posting a blog for the next week. Maybe I can get one posted next weekend. Indulge in good cheer and Christmas parties, everyone. In the meanwhile, last week's blog can be found at
December Week One


Anahim 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!


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Firewood, fire and people.
 
People walking down the road.
 
People around a bonfire.
 
Slash pile burning.
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