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Wilderness Adventures - February 2005

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!
2/26/05 12:14 AM

Global Warming a Problem?

Sometimes it's the little things that point to how much the weather has changed in this country. Tried to go cross country skiing on the lake today. The surface has melted so much that it's a deadly job making your way across the ice. Going snowmobiling on Trumpeter Mountain tomorrow. Normally we would all just ride across the lake from our doorstep, hit the trail and ride up the mountain. Tomorrow, we will probably trailer the sleds to the Hooch intersect and ride up from there. There just isn't enough snow on the lake to keep the tunnels cool or keep from melting the sliders onto the rails. And this is only the end of February! What's happened? I've ridden this area right into April and like down hill skiing, spring and early summer can be some of the best snowmobiling and cross country skiing in existence. Not this year. Not at the rate things are melting. Every winter seems to get warmer and precip. is down. Check out the Weather page on this site to see what's been happening here.
2/25/05 1:34 AM

Coyotes

Must be a time for love. It's that time of year again. There was a coyote howling tonite. Not a pack howling at the moon, but rather a single lonely yodel. Probably a young male calling for a mate. Ordinarily, the silence here at night is deafening. But February is breeding season for the owls, and there's been lots of night talk between them lately. And I think this is the time of year for the coyotes to start looking for love. Probably the neatest time of year for them though, is after the pups are a few months old and the parents are taking them out with the pack. Listening to them trying to sing at a full moon is hilarious because their little voices crack so easily, much like a teenage boy who's voice is changing.
2/24/05 10:54 PM

Lake Monsters Are Out Tonite

At least that's what I call it when the lake starts grumbling and howling at night. Our temperatures at night have been well below freezing, but with the Pineapple Express, they've been well above freezing during the day. As the surface ice of the lake starts to cool and more closely match that of the ice underneath, you get some of the most unearthly sounds you can imagine throughout the night. In fact the lake has been pretty creepy this year with sounds during the day as well. I don't know how to describe them but I've oftened imagined that many of the sound effects used in movies about prehistoric dinasaurs have been recorded at a frozen lake in the north. When Nimpo Lake starts to freeze in the fall, the sound is akin to whale song or what a UFO believer might imagine a saucer from another world to sound like. The sounds are high pitched and eerie and can be heard at some distance. But this deep into winter, it just sounds like monsters in the deep. Muttering, and grumbling with the sound of the ice splitting on the surface and the occasional burble of water underneath. Walked over to a friend's place today and there's lots of cracks in the ice. If this weather keeps up, we won't be driving on it much longer. Probably shouldn't anyway. One of the resort owners put his backhoe into 10' of water while clearing snow off for Icecutting two weekends ago. Took a couple of days and a lot of equipment to pull it out!
2/24/05 3:24 PM

Breakup!

It looks like breakup may be here, even though it's way too early! For those of you that don't know the term, 'Breakup' refers to spring breakup, and generally means everything is going to be an unholy mess. We've had way too many Pineapple Expresses hit the West Chilcotin this winter that have really taken down our snow levels. Black ground attracts the sun, heats up, which in turn raises the air temperature and that melts surrounding snowcover. When the frost starts coming out of the ground, then you're really in trouble because the roads start breaking up. We've been dealing with ice most of the winter, now we'll be dealing with mud much sooner than we should!
2/24/05 1:36 AM

The Three Stooges Cross the Lake

There's nothing more hilarious than watching three young moose cross the lake on the ice. I live on the shore of Nimpo Lake, and look out over a vast expanse of ice, two islands, the far shore and the incredible Coastal Mountains rearing above that. Looking out the windows not long ago, I spotted three young moose, probably yearlings, tentatively stepping out onto the ice from the northern shore. The largest was at the back while the runt at the front was clearly the leader. As all three skated to the middle island, the runt stopped occasionally to check things out, and the man in the rear invariably bumped unceremoniously into the nether regions of the fellow in the middle. As they cautiously made their way from the first island to the next, each stop by the leader meant a bump on the nose by mister scaredy cat at the back. Once he found himself going a few steps in the wrong direction from the other two and he just about turned inside out trying to get back in line! It was reminiscent of a troop of errant children going somewhere mom had told them not to go with dire consequences if they didn't listen. Except in the case of these poor boys, (or girls) they had probably been kicked out of the fold by their mothers or run off by a mature bull during breeding season this fall. They made across the open safely and into the woods with none falling down anyway. Oh, and if you don't know what a moose looks like? Check out the Wildlife page. :)
2/23/05 10:35 PM

139 Children's Fundraiser

The Children's 139 Fundraiser was held in Anahim Lake Saturday night at the Anahim Lake Community Hall. We had planned to go to the auction. After all, it is for the kids. Unfortunately, that was the same day we were snowmobiling in the Rainbow Mountains. Dawn and I were 'roadracing' down the trail at the last part headed for the parking lot. We got there ahead of everyone else prepared to load up the machines when Wayne came down and waved that help was needed and to go back up the trail. Andy had dropped into a creek with his machine. It was an 8' deep ravine and took a little while to get the snowmobile out. So we ended up eating an excellent dinner at Chilcotin's Gate in Nimpo Lake and we were probably all in bed by 10:00 totally exhausted but happy. So much for going out that night!
2/21/05 12:40 AM

Snowmobiling in the Rainbow Mountains

Snowmobiling in the Rainbow Mountains this weekend was a fine mix of exhaustion and exhilaration! There was an excellent base of between 8 and 12 feet of snow, but very solid. On top of that was the most wonderful powder of about 12" you could ask for! Not deep enough for the extreme riders, but since we had an RCMP officer with us who had never driven a snowmobile before, it was just as well. As it was, our leaders on the quest still took us into a few places that were down right scary for a rookie, and slightly intimidating for someone who hasn't been able to get out and ride for a couple of years. The sun was shining, the mountains stood out clear as a bell and although it was quite a bit below freezing, you didn't really notice much. The pictures on the upper right describe it best.




Please be patient with this site. It's still under construction!
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 aim 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. Which is why it's taking so long to complete the site! :)


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