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of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
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Wilderness Adventures - Jan., Week Two/2012
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Already the second Week!
least this winter seems to be going by fairly fast, so
I have to apologize yet again for not posting in nearly
a week. I screwed up my back and so can't sit for any
period of time which means my computer work is backing
up and a blog has been out of the queston. On the good
side, we've been going for long walks which I think has
been helping, although staying out of the computer chair
probably helps the most. In any case, this might get written
over a period of hours or days, or I'll just keep it short.
I'm not sure so I guess we'll see.
Up until a couple of days ago, our weather was great.
It was warm and often didn't even drop below freezing
at night. During that time, we got a little rain
and unfortunately, it turned everything to ice. You're
taking your life in your hands even walking in your own
driveway, or anyone else's for that matter. It is nasty
with a capital N out there. Wind, sun, the rain and warm
air slicked up everything so that the main road and even
my back trails are really slippery and you could skate
anywhere on the lake. Even the ice road is too slippery
for my taste now. The temperature dropped to within
spitting distance of -20C the other night although
I think it only went to -13C or 8.6F last night and hasn't
gotten very warm during the day. As a result, there is
no give to the ice anywhere which is what makes it so
slippery. It's as hard and glassy as could be. We're under
a bit of an arctic high right now but I'm hoping we'll
get a little snow by the end of the week that will stick
to the ice and give us some traction again.
You still see the odd person using the ice on Nimpo Lake
to get around up to the Post Office and store or to a
favorite ice fishing hole, but getting there by snowmobile
is out of the question now. Well, maybe not if you have
a fan cooled machine but most of the sleds around here
are mountain machines with high paddles that prevent the
sliders from being kept cool except in deeper snow. Even
the track on a fan cooled would have problems gaining
traction on the ice so most people are using their ATV's
or vehicles. For a change we don't have overflow
on the lake so you can drive anywhere. One thing we haven't
seen a lot of in the past week is people walking out on
the ice. That is well nigh impossible even wearing chains
on your boots. And there's definitely no one skiing, which
is really too bad because it would be a good year for
it. But we're going to need snow before we can do that.
We've had a fellow in a small plane on skis land a few
times on the lake ice in the past couple of days. Boy,
what a clatter that is when those skis whip over the ice!
I have no idea how the pilot gets stopped but it takes
him a while and it doesn't look like he necessarily has
a whole lot of control over where the plane goes when
he does land. I just hope he's keeping it tied up securely
over at the place he's staying across the bay because
we've had some high winds this winter. The lake is so
icy that a wind would push his plane all over the place.
Hey, Mabel! Where did we park the plane?
We've had a full moon so the lake continues to thump
and growl through the day and night. It's particularly
loud now because there's no snow on the lake, the sun
shines on the ice during the day, and then it cools quickly
in the evening. And as I mentioned before, I'm certain
the moon must have a large effect on it. It's pretty cool
to hear but too cold at night to be standing outside for
long to listen to it. I wonder what the fish think of
all that noise.....?
Interestingly, we're not seeing as many rabbit tracks
on the back trail now as we did earlier in the season.
I'm not sure if it's because the snow is so hard that
the tracks aren't showing up, or if most of them have
been eaten. There's been a very large dog or smaller wolf
cruising the back trail constantly as well as the odd
fox. We also saw a set of lynx tracks last week and it
might not have taken him long to clear out the rabbit
population and move on. It was certainly a bumper year
for the jumpers. I haven't seen as many tracks as we did
earlier this winter in some years, but the numbers are
definitely down now, presumably because of predators.
I haven't seen any grouse on the back trail for some time
this winter either and I'm not sure why. We've certainly
seen them in years before so either they're staying awfully
still and quiet when we go by, or their numbers are down
as well. It could be that if the four legged predators
are cruising that back trail constantly, everything is
simply laying low.
I think that our melt last week may have taken that pressure
ridge down a little that I mentioned last week, but I
can still see some of it sticking up. I didn't have the
room in last week's blog to post the photos of it sent
to me by Ted Hlokoff but I'll include them up on the right
this week. Some time we've got to get out there to take
a look at it but it won't be until we can get some traction
on the ice from a snowfall.
Oh, and check out the Inukshuk on Picture
of the Day.
Sent to me by Melodie Gano, it's the same as the one on
the right, but you won't be able to see the detail on
the small photo or that someone is frozen in it. Thanks,
is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
posts at January
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
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in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
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