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 - Feb., Week One/2012
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My Unnatural Disaster
has been a very interesting past week or so.
I know I keep coming up with reasons as to why I have
not been posting a blog as often as I used to and this
one is going to read like 'The dog ate my homework' excuse.
You'll never believe this but my computer blew up......
The Project Coordinator for the local tourism association
just asked me in an email (that I finally have back up
and running) how it is that my computers keep imploding.
I don't know. You've got me.
Last Wednesday night I was trying to get some last minute
stuff done before we were set to leave for the Okanagan
Thursday morning. A friend needed a form for a nonrefundable
deposit on a real estate deal and I went online to find
one for her as I was talking to her on the phone. I found
what looked to be a law site and found the form I wanted.
About the time I decided to do the copy paste thing,
a warning came up from my anti virus telling me that it
was stopping a Trojan, I got thrown out of the browser
and then things really started happening. As one
software program after another began to disappear from
my desktop, one red alert window after another popped
up stating all the things that were going wrong with my
computer including that my C drive was no longer readable.
Had I had my sound turned on I'm sure I would have heard
the 'Ooga' of a submarine klaxon warning me to Dive! Dive!
It didn't take long to reach critical mass.
I shut down my computer, started it up again and faced
the black screen of death. Actually it wasn't completely
blank. I had two icons on the no longer recognizable desktop
and a whole bunch of windows opening up again to tell
me everything that was wrong with my computer so I shut
it down and considered it blown. That sick puppy now rests
peacefully with my Brother-in-law's vet (don't ask) until
he gets home from holiday and can fix it. Or hopefully
at least try to retrieve some of my data.
Since we were gone to the Okanagan until Monday night,
there wasn't a lot I could hope to do other than check
my email on our friend's lap top and even then, without
the proper computer I couldn't do any work for anyone.
So I broke down on Tuesday and decided to see if I could
get the old computer that blew up a year ago to work enough
to use it. Surprisingly, a year's rest seemed to
have done it some good although I'm knocking on wood as
I type this. The hard drive still sounds like
it's going to rotate right out of the tower and a lot
of my programs won't work, but at least it looks like
I can still write a blog and upload it so we'll see how
long that will last. If I can manage that then I can do
some client work on websites. Although I don't mind not
being able to work long hours on the computer. My back
and hip still won't take it and complain vociferously
if I'm too long in this computer chair.
One reason we decided to go to the Okanagan when we did,
aside from a funeral to go to and to visit my Mother-in-law
in hospital, was because the weather forecast looked so
great. We couldn't take the dogs with us this time
as we might normally because we don't have a canopy on
'Dirt Brown' (the new truck) yet. That meant picking
a few days where the weather was good so that our neighbour
wouldn't have to worry about the dogs getting too cold.
As it turned out, we missed a gorgeous week of sunshine
and warm temperatures and no snow. All good for the dogs
left behind but it kind of sucked for us. Not that it
wasn't reasonably warm at around freezing down in the
Okanagan, but with the exception of Friday which was a
glorious day, it was foggy and cloudy and distinctly chilly.
Just not the kind of weather we're used to, but at least
we got to stay at our friends' place who are our neighbours
up here in summer, and that's always great fun!
We got back on Monday night and got one last wonderful
day in the weatherman's package before it turned kind
of gungy. Not that we can really complain because
even though it might have been nicer while we were gone,
it's still coming up to around freezing during the day.
It's just that it's going anywhere from -19C to -13C in
the night and we've had a lot of cloud for the past couple
of days and it doesn't warm up as it might otherwise.
We've been walking dogs since we got back and can see
that the otter is still making his rounds in the back
woods and there's lots of sign that the little wildlife
out there is enjoying the warmer weather. My bird feeder
has just been loaded with birds for the past few days.
There are Grosbeaks, redpolls, chickadees and some
kind of finch out there all day doing a mass attack on
the bird seed and driving the cat nuts.
We still don't have a lot of snow on the ground compared
to the last two years. There might be a foot at most but
we also have bare spots on our lawn. If we're really,
really lucky, it will stay this way and we might have
less chance of flooding this spring. However, I was reading
the blog last written on this machine 14 months ago and
saw that I was busy talking about how little snow we had
mid-December. If you recall, we got whacked in January
and February last year. Still, we've made it past the
first week of February, haven't had any real winter to
complain about and the days are getting longer. The difference
in sundown is significant and noticeable now and can really
can make a difference from here on in.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
posts at January
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!