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 - Jan., Week One/2014
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Well, we made it to 2014, folks. I keep telling everyone
that if I had known I was going to make it this far I
would have taken a lot better care of myself when I was
younger! Remember when we were in our 20s
and we were invincible? We could drink, smoke,
party all night and still put in a good days work
the next day. Oh well.... those were the years. Now we
take our vitamins, watch our diet, and try to get enough
exercise to repair all the damage we did to ourselves
in our youth.
As usual, this is the month of New Years Resolutions
and trying to keep our promises to ourselves to do better
at whatever it is we need to do better at. Thats
actually something Ive never fallen into. I make
promises to myself but it can be at any time of year,
maybe because I think if I fail at the big New Years
thing, Ill have to wait until the next year to get
back on track if Ive fallen off of the proverbial
wagon so it seems simpler to make and try to keep promises
to myself throughout the year.
About the only resolution we need to make is to
drop the little bit of extra padding we picked up eating
at restaurants down in Victoria over the holidays,
and of course, get back into walking again, which weve
done as soon as we got back. We went on three major walk/hikes
in Victoria while we were down but that doesnt compare
to the walk down to the gun range every day when were
We had a great Christmas here at home but I was really
looking forward to that midwinter break down on the Island
and like last year, it was just spectacular. We stayed
around Saanichton rather than Victoria proper so we werent
in a traffic jam as soon as we went out the door. In fact,
the place we stayed at was incredibly quiet so it felt
almost like home.
We were only down for seven days and we had a couple of
rainy days at first, but we got the Royal Museum, a movie
and a lot of shopping out of the way on those days. That
way when the weather turned nice, and it did, we could
We didnt take our dogs with us and Andy needed
his dog fix so we spent a fair amount of time down at
Beacon Hill Park, which seems to be a favourite with people
walking their dogs. At the same time I got my
green plant fix and on one hike we even found cherry blossoms
just coming out in sheltered spots on Mount Douglas. Sadly,
I forgot my cameras at home so we missed getting some
amazing photos of the ocean and sunsets.
We got to hook up with some old friends of mine that came
down from Nanaimo to meet us at Butchart Gardens for the
festival of lights, and met folks for lunch that were
guests of ours this summer. We also got to go for a hike
with friends from the other end of the lake that own Nimpo
Lake Resort and are spending a few weeks on the Island.
So we seemed to be pretty busy all the time and never
did get to go see some of the historical places we had
planned on. Next time, maybe. I would really like to go
down in early spring some time when we have nothing but
ice, mud, and Break Up here just to see everything in
bloom. I cant imagine how stunning that would be
but everyone says its gorgeous and well worth seeing.
It was a bit of a shock driving back up the Fraser
Canyon and watching the thermometer on the truck drop
from 4C to well below 10C by the time we got to
Cache Creek and started seeing a fair bit of snow along
the highway. It was cold in Williams Lake when
we got in and never got above 9C or 15F before we
left town the next day. But the farther west we got the
warmer it was and it was sitting just above freezing by
the time we got home so as has been usual this winter,
they had some nice weather here compared to the rest of
It sounds like the New Years Ice Party went
off without a hitch although it was a much smaller
affair this year. Everyone I talked to said they had a
wonderful time. Because of the overflow on the ice, they
cleared an area just off the end of the boat ramp instead
of farther out on the lake. Overflow precluded a curling
rink this year but Oscar had a skating rink nearby for
anyone to use that wanted to. While small, it sounds like
it was a good party in any case and Im lucky that
Dawn Thompson took a few photos that I could post up on
the right. Thanks, Dawn!
We have certainly fared much better in British Columbia
these last few weeks than pretty much anywhere else in
North America weather wise. My Mother even commented
on how unusually cool it has been down in Arizona while
the rest of the States has been plagued by snow and cold.
All of Canada east of BC has been locked in a nasty deep
freeze to 52C or 62F with the wind chill but
I saw a report last week for one State that was going
to be down to 75F with the wind chill. Thats
brutal! Like many of the States, parts of Canada has had
high winds with blizzards, and that after freezing rain
and high snow falls. I dread to see how much flooding
there will be in North America this spring.
I know one thing, I'm not about to gloat about how good
we've had it this winter because Mother Nature could easily
bite us on the butt. We have snow warnings for this weekend
so we'll have to see what comes of that..
Just so you know, 2013 blogs have ended but you
can find them on the menu on the left under 2013 articles
starting with the last week of December or click on the
Last month's blog is at December
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!