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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
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Last Day of 2005 and Winter Solstice
has been quite a year and I would like to thank
everyone for their feedback and for sticking with
me on this site in 2005 and I would especially like to
thank everyone that advertised on this site this year.
This site went online last spring although I spent most
of last winter and the winter before building it and even
though I've tweaked a few things here and there, it is
mostly just this page that gets updated. I guess within
one day I will have to figure out what I am going to do
with the archived blogs and how to set up the new year.
As I explained before, this isn't automatic, I have to
hand code every time I write this article, so it's not
as a quick as it would be if I used an automatic setup
as most people do. It also explains why I miss the odd
day like yesterday. If I'm busy at something it
isn't a simple matter of sitting down and pounding
out an article.
Yesterday was an absolutely magnificent day. There
were people all over the lake motoring around in vehicles,
on fourwheelers, snowmobiles or just walking.
I yearned for my cross country skiis but we were expecting
company so getting outside and playing wasn't an option.
I've been reading the Alaska Almanac that we got for Christmas
and it got me thinking about the winter solstice. Most
people look at that time of winter as only having meaning
in the far north such as Yukon or Alaska. And it's
true that there seems to be a very noticeable and drastic
loss of daylight hours in deep winter. For example,
on the Arctic Circle, the sun does not rise for one day
during the winter solstice (December 21 or 22) while in
Barrow, Alaska north of the Arctic Circle, it does not
rise for 67 days. Around Fairbanks there is only 3.42
hours of daylight on the winter solstice and around 7
hours in Anchorage. That isn't sunlight, that's daylight.
Although our days aren't as short during the winter
solstice, it still has quite an effect on everyone.
Our shortest day gives us little more than 8 hours of
daylight, and the slow shortening of days building to
the solstice drags everyone down. But as soon as the solstice
has passed, everyone's mood lifts. Then it seems as though
the days get longer at a great rate. Where in December
you have to be down off the mountain and headed home while
snowmobiling by 3:30 in the afternoon, by mid
January you can get away with 5:00 p.m.
We all look forward to the long days in summer of course.
Where Fairbanks has nearly 22 hours of daylight at the
height of the summer solstice in June, we aren't that
far behind. It isn't quite dark here even at 11:30 at
night and it's lightening up again by 1:30 in the morning
with full daylight by 3:00 a.m. If you look to the
north, where our sun sets and rises in summer, you'll
see the sun's glow on the horizon during the 'dark' hours
on June 20 or 21.
This distinctive difference in seasons and daylight hours
is quite a phenomena for people who come here to vacation
for the first time from the far southern States. I remember
being very surprised at the sudden nightfall when I've
visited down south while visitors to here ask if
it's ever going to get dark because we have such
a long dusk and dawn.
I guess that's what makes this such an exciting world!
Mother Nature's differences.
I have a brother visiting from Ohio for the next week
so I don't know how often I'll get to write this article,
but I'll do my best.
My family will be ringing in the New Year at the Nimpo
Lake Community Hall tonite, and may switch back and forth
between that and an ice party on Nimpo Lake.
Already there are lots of people on the lake with
fourwheelers and a few non-mountain snowmobiles hauling
wood for ice parties and pulling the kids around on tubes
and sleds. One fellow is out there ice fishing
and a few are walking with their dogs. Anahim Lake
is also gearing up for their New Year's ice parties.
The beauty of these is that children can attend which
they cannot at the Halls where liquor is served. There's
probably no doubt that people will have liquor on the
ice as well in their thermoses, but there is far less
chance of a road accident and most people are only
a short walk, snowmobile or fourwheel ride from their
front door. It certainly prevents the chance of
an automobile accident on the highway and we don't have
the high incidence of impaired driving that most towns
and cities have on New Year's Eve.
In the meanwhile, I would like to wish the best for you
and yours for the upcoming year of 2006. Happy New
was one of those absolutely glorious winter days perfect
for flying. Probably not so much for snowmobiling.
A bunch of the neighbours were going to trailer up to
18 km. to try snowmachining up Trumpeter Mountain.
They invited us but I think the snow will have been too
hard packed by the recent rains to make it possible. Since
we both run powder machines, I have no intention of burning
up a new Ski-Doo because there isn't enough soft snow,
thank you very much. Instead, the guys went up in Terry's
Super Cub to see how our intrepid snow machiners were
making out. I would expect that the rocks through Goat
Pass would still be impossible to get over if there isn't
enough snow. They don't look like much in winter when
snow covered but the boulders are the size of houses in
Oh, I can hear the guys flying around now, so they must
be back and having fun. This is truly beautiful
country for flying in winter and a small plane on skiis
can take off and land anywhere. Even with two
people Terry's Super Cub has remarkably short take off
and landing requirements. He commonly lands on the mountain
to bs with the snowmobilers.
Nimpo Lake has finally started talking again.
The last couple of nights it has gone well below freezing
and since it warms up quite a bit during the day, there
is quite a temperature difference on the surface of the
ice. The day and night before last it boomed and
muttered the whole time. Friends came over for
supper and said they had walked down to the point where
there was open water. Every time the ice boomed or shivered,
the water would come bubbling up. I have to see this for
myself. I didn't know it did that. It must cause waves
in the water every time the ice cracks and a shelf of
it drops or rises. I've tried to describe before the sounds
the lake makes when freezing, and it's just indescribable.
And unfortunately, unrecordable, or so it would seem.
Anyway, I'm glad the lake monster is back.
It seemed awfully quiet on freeze up this year, and I
missed it. I could stand outside for hours at night and
listen to it if it weren't so cold.
Well, the fliers are back. I guess they flew over the
guys before Goat Pass and one machine had skiis
in the air stuck in deep snow, and someone else
was busily shoveling out his machine. They talked to them
on the radio and the guys said they were having a few
problems breaking trail so the snow must be deep in the
woods. Terry noted that there was a lot more snow
up on Trumpeter than had been previously. The
snow had melted in an inversion layer that held cold air
down on us for weeks but kept warm temperatures up high.
It must have snowed when we got rain in the last week
though so that's a plus. Now if we could just get more
snow down here...we're so spoiled that we're used
to snowmobiling from our front door out across Nimpo Lake,
and usually don't start trailering our machines until
New Property for Sale on Nimpo Lake
actually qualifies as an acreage that may be subdividable
into 5 lots of a little over 2 acres apiece. This
12 acre lot sits on the south end of Nimpo Lake with a
spectacular view of the Ilgatchuz and Itcha Mountains
and has a protected bay that is ideal and has been used
for mooring a floatplane.
Part of the 12 acres sits on Nimpo Lake with quite a bit
of waterfront, while the lesser portion sits across Nimpo
Lake Rd. South and includes meadows ideal for keeping
horses or other livestock. The property has electricity
and the main power line that runs along the road would
allow for electricity to each lot as well as road access
and waterfront should you decide to subdivide the property.
Most of the property is forested in spruce which is a
real advantage in view of our pine beetle problems, and
there are several high flat benches sitting above the
lake that would make ideal building sites.
There is a 4 bedroom house with full kitchen and
living area, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs as
well as 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom upstairs. The
upstairs is unfinished and the house needs siding on the
outside. There is also a large cabin walled with sliding
glass doors facing the lake on the property. The well
is as near to artisian as you can get with unlimited water
supply, there is a shed and docks, good road access and
Crown Land (cannot be used for residential land) bounds
the private and secluded property.
The owner is undecided as yet on price.
He is waiting for us to go over and take a good look at
the whole property and take some more pictures because
we both have a real estate background. I would expect
that a proper appraisal of the property should be made
by an expert from Williams Lake, but it may take time
to get one out here. If you would like more information,
you can get contact info from the Properties for Sale
page at Properties
This is a rare property on Nimpo Lake as
most were subdivided into smaller lots years ago. The
only comparable parcels of this size left on the lake
are the large resort properties. I will post more pictures
as I get them.
2005 is over, and now comes New Year's. Our family had
a great Christmas although sometimes it's nice to just
sneak home and have a few quiet moments.
This morning was a beautiful, crisp morning just below
freezing and the sun shining. Several people were
out on the ice roads skating and playing hockey.
It warmed up so much over the holidays that it pooled
several inches of water between the banks of the ice roads.
Then it froze into a perfectly glassy surface for skating.
Just to show how quickly the weather can change though,
by noon some wicked looking clouds started moving in and
dropped snow for a few seconds. Our resident pilot
was out playing around in his Super Cub on skiis, flying
over Nimpo Lake until the storm moved in, anyway.
He flew right at us so that I could get a good picture
of him, but I clicked too fast and the digital didn't
click fast enough the second time for me to get the close
up. Next time.
Some day I'm going to read the instruction booklet and
learn how to use this camera.
Only a couple of hours later the skies have cleared to
our intense winter blues with only the clouds boiling
up over the Coast Range.
Although the lake is now ideal for skating, it's
not much good for snowmobiling on. What snow didn't
melt during our warm spell has frozen to a hard crust,
and you would overheat or burn the sliders out on any
liquid cooled snow machine. It's still ok for driving
a fourwheeler on though. Especially if you like doing
360's on the ice.
It looks like there's fresh snow on the mountains, so
maybe we'll get lucky and have good powder up higher
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Santa was
as good to you as he was to me!
I finally did it. I added a contact page to this
site. Yesterday morning a gentleman from Vernon
called with inquiries about the area and the accessibility
of a plane on skiis. Apparently he's expecting to be up
here in February or March and I'm really hoping he'll
stop by and I'll get to meet him.
More to the point, the fact that he had to phone
made me realize that I really needed to give folks access
to a contact page. It's a lot easier and less
expensive for people to drop a note in an email than to
The contact page is a form rather than just an email address.
There is a critical reason for this. It
gives me the opportunity to hide the actual address from
Spammers and forward it on to my personal or business
inbox. This way I won't have to constantly be changing
the email address because it's being spammed to death.
Unfortunately, the email form isn't the most attractive
thing going but it is the holidays and I decided I wanted
to get something up quickly. Hopefully, I'll get a chance
sometime in the next few months to spruce it up a bit.
I realize that the form does require entering in some
information before you can submit it, but it's absolutely
necessary to block spammers and none of that information
will be used except to return emails or phone calls if
I look forward to hearing from people. Hopefully I can
answer any questions posed off the top, but I can always
get the info if necessary. I also look forward to
comments, whether positive or negative about this blog.
Positive is uplifting for all of us, and I can always
learn from negative feedback. The link isn't on all of
the pages of the site yet, but it will be eventually.
So here's your opportunity folks! Good or bad, all comments
are welcome. This site has been a great opportunity
to meet new people, including those who have visited
the area, and to the fine couple from Texas that hopefully
will be moving here soon.
Just to let you know, it's actually raining here! We enjoyed
a great snow fall of big, fat, furry snowflakes last night
that built up to several inches. Unfortunately, the highly
unusual rain that we're seeing today is taking that down
pretty fast, and poor Terry has spent the day pushing
slush off the ice road on Nimpo Lake before it freezes.
To look on the bright side, I guess we'll have a 7 mile
long ice skating rink. Oh well, something else to blame
on global warming.
Merry Christmas everyone! And to my new
friends in Bavaria, thank you so much for the wonderful
can find last week's articles at December
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!