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 Two/2013
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Advancing into the Future
am finally attempting to enter this century.
As you have all probably heard me mention before, my other
half and our tech guru, my Brother-in-law, have often
spent a great deal of time trying to drag me (kicking
and screaming) into the 21st century.
I have finally arrived, a day late and a dollar
short. On Facebook anyway. I may have to leave
Twitter and the other stuff for the next century, Im
not sure yet.
I mentioned in last weeks blog that Ive hit
the eight year mark for the blog and this
past year has been a bit of a slog.
Oh, lookit, Im a bloody poet and didn't know it!
I often dont have time to write a long blog, so
I end up going for some time before writing one, and when
I do, its a book. My other half has suggested many
times that I could just write a paragraph each day and
most people would probably prefer that, instead of slogging
through a long post, but it never seems to work out that
way. One of the problems is the way I have the blog set
up. Its not Word Press or any other template type
of setup, so posting anything requires doing everything
the hard way. Thats me. Never do it easy
if you can do it hard. Actually, I couldnt get what
I wanted using other peoples application, so thats
why I do it the way I do it. As a result, it always seems
that if Im going to go to the trouble of writing
a blog, setting it up in my own template in Dreamweaver,
downloading photos from the cameras to Photoshop, resize
them, save them to a small .jpg and then upload them,
add title and alt tags in the html for the photos, read
the blog over and hopefully catch any spelling or grammar
mistakes, upload the whole shooting match to the Internet,
and go check it all in the browser to make sure everything
uploaded okay, then it seems worthwhile to write more
than a paragraph. But you can see why it doesnt
always get written every day or sometimes every week anymore.
Facebook, on the other hand, is like Wordpress or
various online templates that the other blogmeisters use
on the Internet, and it seems reasonably easy
to upload a short paragraph or update on whats happening
in the Chilcotin. I use the word 'reasonably' with
caution, because I still have no idea what I am doing.
I did some reading, created the Facebook page for Resortsbc.com
yesterday, added a couple of photos and put it out there.
Oh, and I asked for some likes from my email contacts
and friends because I need a certain number of likes before
I can access the business end of this business Facebook
page. It would seem I dont have enough friends
because I dont yet have enough likes. :-)
So.... you will see that I have added a Facebook link
button on both the left and right side of this web page
where you can go to the Resortbc.com Facebook page. While
there is no doubt in my mind that I am still going to
want to write this blog, I am going to try to combine
it with short little updates and photos on the Facebook
site and I am hoping to be able to do that every day.
My one stumbling block, however, is should I be
prolific in my posts, (that means diarrhea of the pen,
as my father used to call it) or sparing? Stick to one
a day? The reason I ask is that I just looked
at the whole kit and caboodle on Andys iPad and
his page has everyones page that he subscribes to
(a whole two), which means unlike being on the Resortsbc
Facebook page where its just that information, on
his newsfeed my stuff is mixed in with posts from other
people. I think my private Facebook page looked like that
about a year ago when every post of every friend was on
there and it drove me crazy. I gotta tell you, some people
just have too much time on their hands. I think the world
of my friends and many of my acquaintances but Ill
tell you, I had to take some of them off of there. I honestly
dont care what kind of Double Double they had to
drink before they could get going in the morning. Call
me a cad, but I just dont have time to plow through
that kind of non information.
So heres my question. Would one short
post a day on Facebook suit you folks that like to read
the blog but dont always have one to read? Or should
I post whenever I think I have something to share, which
may mean multi posts a day cluttering up your Facebook?
Feedback would be wonderful and you can reach me through
comments on the Facebook page or you can email me directly
I would like to hear what you think and
what you would prefer.
Today was one of those days that you just want to go on
It could not possibly have been any nicer had it tried.
Although a good part of last week was really nothing to
write home about, mainly because there was a lot of cloud,
it more than made up for it yesterday and today. While
the nights have been cold dipping below 12C or 10F,
the thermometer climbed above 5C or 40F both days with
glorious sunshine and deep blue skies. What made
it even better was that it was the weekend! It doesnt
matter in the least to us but for many people that work,
it makes all the difference in the world, especially when
its a long weekend. Yep, BCs first statutory
holiday in midwinter. January first is the last one we
see before Easter, which is usually in April so its
a long stretch without a long weekend. The BC Government
decided to get on board with other provinces that have
plopped a stat holiday down in the middle of winter and
make a day of their own called Family Day.
It actually looked like family day out on Nimpo Lake today.
There were kids being pulled by snowmobiles,
a couple of people out fishing in their own holes in the
ice, people walking, someone flying around, and at least
two groups of snowmobilers went out into the mountains
or just trailriding today. It was a good day for man and
dog. Yesterday was busy as well out on the lake, though
mostly with people walking on the lake, oh, and
one stuck vehicle being rescued by another.
We noticed a white van sitting out on the lake with the
headlights on and people standing around for quite some
time on Friday. Andy went for the mail and since they
were still there when he came back, he threw a couple
of chains in the truck and drove out there. Apparently
a group of natives were coming down the ice road from
the north end of the lake, well lubricated and going way
too fast, and smoked right through the snow bank on the
curve around the island and ended up out in the pea patch.
Andy took one look at it and decided he couldnt
rescue the vehicle because he didnt have enough
chain to reach them and he wasnt going to take a
chance getting stuck himself driving through the snow
to get to them. So he loaded them up in the truck and
drove them home. The next day the father of one of the
girls went out on the lake and managed to pull the van
back onto the road.
Last night we drove down the lake to dinner at friends
and I saw where the driver of the van blew through the
snow bank. I have no idea how he didnt do
damage to the undercarriage. I dont know how he
got through the snow bank for that matter. They tend to
freeze pretty solid and this one was a few feet high.
He had to have been just smoking to hit it that hard and
keep on going through it. Drinking probably had a lot
to do with it but in years past Ive seen more than
one person not make that corner because theyve been
driving too fast and they werent even drinking.
In fact, my Mother comes to mind
It didnt used to matter before when Terry B was
keeping the ice road clear because he also used to keep
a runway cleared out for Wilderness Rim that actually
shot right off the end of the ice road. If you missed
the corner you just kept on going down the roadway until
you got stopped and sheepishly backed up. But
with no runway now, you end up in the toolies when you
miss the corner. Most people nowadays know to slow down
for that corner, but apparently not everyone. At least
they werent driving on the highway where other people
could be in danger.
Im hoping that we have one more nice day coming
up although the radar on the weather tonight didnt
look that promising. Theres another warm front coming
through ahead of a cold front as has been the pattern
for several weeks now, but it looks like its bringing
cloud in with it. I guess we wont know until see
This warm weather that weve been having has
really opened up the spider holes in the lake ice in the
past day or so. Weve just had numerous ones
open up in the bay in front of the house and a couple
of them are easily large enough for a person to drop through.
Brrrr! I don't like those things at all. They give me
the creeps! If you actually dropped through one of them,
then you can kiss your heinie goodbye. Take a look up
on the right at the size of the one that opened next to
a sled track today.
Youll find last week's blog at February
Week One but for any of the older postings,
this is the start of a new year so youll have to
go to the menu to the left to find the 2012 blogs.
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!