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Wilderness Adventures - January, Week 1/2006

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!
If you would like to see pictures of wildlife, mountains, lakes, exciting snowmobiling, events and more, and read stories like 'Lake Monsters' - just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.
You can search this site for a subject of interest to you at the bottom of this page.

The Index for all 2005 articles can be found on the left hand side at December Week Three or going to the Sitemap will give you some idea of what each week's articles for last year are about. Enjoy!

03/01/2006 8:16 PM

Firewood And Email

Yes, I know, funny combination. We went down to the other end of Nimpo Lake today to cut a load of firewood. We collect from an old burn because the dead pine still standing has few branches, most of the bark has fallen off and the wood is as hard as iron with a real high heat rating. In other words, each chunk gives off a lot of BTU's. We especially like to use it when temperatures really drop because it really pumps the energy out. My brother from Ohio went flying with Terry about when we got started skidding logs out onto the lake, but as soon as they got back, he was quick to come striding through the deadfall to help throw wood into the back of the truck. The job went fairly quickly as a result and left us time to split and stack a good bit of it when we got home. Normally I would deek into the house to get to work on the computer and try to accomplish something for the day, but something has been wrong with my new computer since the 30th. It won't let me pick up my email off of either email client and I've had to use my old computer to get that info, which is a little depressing. I've tried everything I could think of, but my brother-in-law seems to be right when he indicated it's probably my Norton Symantec. For some reason or other, the Internet Security program has suddenly decided to intefere with my ability to access my email servers. Heaven's only knows why. As they say, a computer doesn't need a reason to do really weird, stupid things. And here I believed Dr. Spock on Star Trek when he said all computers are logical.
Not...
A few of the guys went snowmobiling up toward Trumpeter yesterday and spent a good bit of their time stuck trying to break new trail. My brother is still pretty new to the game so he took his turn digging himself as well as others out. The wind was pretty bad up in the unprotected spots on top of the bald faced hills, especially where the solar panels that power the radio transmitters were. They needed to have the snow cleaned off of them so the guys had to take a few runs up the hill before two of them could get up on top to scrape away the snow. All in all, it sounds like they had a really good trip. I'm not keen to trailer my machine this early in the year, nor do I want to overheat it, so I'm holding out for more snow. At least until Thursday. After that, if I want to snowmobile with my brother before he returns to Ohio, I guess I'm just going to have to bite the bullet.
At least he's following the family tradition of climbing trees and breaking the windshield on my mother's RMK. I was the last family member that she so kindly lent her new snowmachine to a few years ago and it's never been the same since. It definitely looks the worse for wear after brother Mike's little sojourn up the mountain with it yesterday! I guess he hit a hole under deep snow and went flying over the windshield to end up face down on the hood. Fortunately his knee hit the kill switch on the machine as he went, but the windshield didn't stand up too well under his weight. It doesn't look that bad patched up with clear duct tape though... lol.

02/01/2006 10:46 AM

Welcome To 2006!

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year's. We enjoyed our evening at the Nimpo Lake Community Hall thoroughly. A lot of people showed up to ring in the New Year and a lot of folks were pretty happy that things seem to be rocking at the Hall again. There hasn't been a lot happening there in the last couple of years. Insurance has been an issue for some time now. Ever since 9/11 of course everyone's insurance in North America has gone up substantially over the years. Until a more affordable alternative could be found, it was difficult to host many events at the Hall. The other hold up has been renovations. The Hall has long utilized outdoor washrooms or outhouses. That is most inconvenient at dances, etc. especially for the ladies who come dressed up but have to bring winter boots to go outside. The addition of indoor washrooms and running water have made the Hall a much more attractive place to go for events.
Today is a marvelously sunny day. In fact it's down right blinding with the sun shining on the little bit of fresh snow we've accumulated since Christmas. Unfortunately, our first day of the year was a dismally grey day that we hoped would dump some snow. It didn't, but at least we didn't get the weather that Vancouver did. They had high winds that broke monster waves over the seawalls and downed a lot of trees and power lines. The storm seems to be running up the coast though because there's a lot of cloud over the mountains. Hopefully it's snowing up there but it might not be very pleasant for members of my family and friends that went snowmobiling today.
I have added some more pictures of the 12 acre property on Nimpo Lake that I listed here last Week. The one on the right is of the house on the property, (the cabin can be seen on the Properties For Sale page) and the two under it are some of the views from the property. Should you choose to build around the corner of the bay, the view gets even better of Sugarloaf and the Itcha and Ilgatchuz Mountains.

You can find last week's articles at December Week Three.
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