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Wilderness Adventures - Feb., Week Two/2013

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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10/02/2013 4:15 PM

Advancing into the Future

I 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, I’m not sure yet.
I mentioned in last week’s blog that I’ve hit the eight year mark for the blog and this past year has been a bit of a slog.
Oh, lookit, I’m a bloody poet and didn't know it!
I often don’t have time to write a long blog, so I end up going for some time before writing one, and when I do, it’s 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. It’s not Word Press or any other template type of setup, so posting anything requires doing everything the hard way. That’s me. Never do it easy if you can do it hard. Actually, I couldn’t get what I wanted using other people’s application, so that’s why I do it the way I do it. As a result, it always seems that if I’m 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 doesn’t 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 what’s 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 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 don’t have enough friends because I don’t 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 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 Andy’s iPad and his page has everyone’s page that he subscribes to (a whole two), which means unlike being on the Resortsbc Facebook page where it’s 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 I’ll tell you, I had to take some of them off of there. I honestly don’t 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 don’t have time to plow through that kind of non information.
So here’s my question. Would one short post a day on Facebook suit you folks that like to read the blog but don’t 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 at 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 forever.
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 doesn’t matter in the least to us but for many people that work, it makes all the difference in the world, especially when it’s a long weekend. Yep, BC’s first statutory holiday in midwinter. January first is the last one we see before Easter, which is usually in April so it’s 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 couldn’t rescue the vehicle because he didn’t have enough chain to reach them and he wasn’t 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 didn’t do damage to the undercarriage. I don’t 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 I’ve seen more than one person not make that corner because they’ve been driving too fast and they weren’t even drinking. In fact, my Mother comes to mind…. :-)
It didn’t 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 weren’t driving on the highway where other people could be in danger.
I’m hoping that we have one more nice day coming up although the radar on the weather tonight didn’t look that promising. There’s another warm front coming through ahead of a cold front as has been the pattern for several weeks now, but it looks like it’s bringing cloud in with it. I guess we won’t know until see it tomorrow.
This warm weather that we’ve been having has really opened up the spider holes in the lake ice in the past day or so. We’ve 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.
You’ll 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 you’ll have to go to the menu to the left to find the 2012 blogs.

Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.

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Mountains backdrop the lake and spider hole in the ice.
Hole in the ice and snow.
Itcha Ilgatchuz Mountains backdrop ice fishermen.
Bright red and white airplane.
Brilliant snow reflects light off an airplane and snow.
People walking on the ice.
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