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Wilderness Adventures - Jan., Week 4/2009

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' about the Lakesounds just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.

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30/01/2009 11:10 AM

Slosh

Our weather has definitely taken an interesting turn.
The night before last our temperatures did the Ping-Pong bounce throughout the night so that it was warmer later than it had been earlier in the evening.
Yesterday it was already over 6C or 43F when I left for my walk and was closer to 7C when I got home. Since I was gone quite a while during the warmest part of the day I suspect it may have gotten as high as eight. It was nice sauntering through the woods and I think it was the neighbours that ran a new track over the back trail yesterday on their way for some riding. Once that freezes up, it will make great walking. Or it will beat slipping back half a step in the snow for every step forward, anyway.
Last night the temperatures did the Ping-Pong bounce yet again with it being much warmer later in the night than earlier. The wind started to get pretty wild late in the evening and you could just watch the temperature climb. I don't recall a winter here where that has occurred that much before.
It's a different matter this morning. When I got up rain was slashing the windows and only moments later, it was slush sliding down the glass. Everywhere else outside, big, fat, furry snowflakes were driving sideways. It was almost a blizzard for a few minutes! Not that that kind of thing lasts for long around here. It won't be long and we'll have sunshine and clear skies. I hope.... It's looking pretty dull out there right now and our temperature is down three degrees from early this morning.
There's a system full of warm, moist air coming in off the Pacific from the southwest. Driving in behind it directly from the west is an arctic front so it will be interesting to see what the next few days brings. I was really beginning to enjoy those warmer temperatures but the snowmobile enthusiasts, including my partner, tend to get a little disgruntled about it.
Some of the guys went up snowmobiling the other day and Ted sent me some pictures, including of Goat Lake. This time of year, if there's been an avalanche just above the lake, it can blast huge chunks of ice out like a bomb going off. Check out the Pic of the Day to see what it looks like.
Ted said, "Entire Goat Lake Valley is covered in ice. Instead of the trees being 10' above the lake - the trees were about 3' above the ice!!! The end where you start onto the lake was covered under ice. Totally flooded out. I'm guessing the Lake is about 7' higher than I've ever seen it. The light blue color was amazing! 2' thick ice cubes 8' long. 18" boulders frozen into them. Totally weird and never seen that before here. I think that the avalanche caused the mountainside to displace enough water in the lake that it raised the water level. There's still 2 corniches hanging at the top. I'm not sure that there's any water left at that end of the lake. Too many avalanches on that end. I used to Hillclimb that slope and now it's too dangerous, too many rocks, too steep, etc. We get an avalanche there every year now."
That's just it. The avalanche danger this year has been extremely high for most of British Columbia, except for our area. But I suspect that has changed drastically in the last week or so now with this warmer weather. Ted said they found deep powder,
then windpacked snow, then deep powder, etc. and that there was lots of snow in the mountains.

Funny, but yet another person called about water problems today wondering if Andy could go over and dig out an outdoor john for them until spring. Unfortunately, the frost is too deep right now. He was at a different home for a couple of days earlier this week helping to fix water problems for some other members of the community. They're elderly and have been without water for at least a couple of weeks and have had problems with silt and mud in their water for much longer than that. That's the only thing about having a long stretch of cold weather. It can really play hell with your water or sewer systems.

28/01/2009 6:45 PM

Lonesome Lake Continued

Continuation of Floyd's story about the days when he used to freight into Lonesome Lake.
"The hangar that Ralph built was real ingenious with winches and a system for lifting the aircraft, all made from wood and parts he had made. The lumber was all split cedar boards, some over two feet wide. It was built in the lagoon up on a piling with a ramp into the hangar. In the 80's it collapsed into the water, and then in the 90's high water floated it to the outlet of the lagoon. A few years ago in high water it floated through the outlet of the lagoon and down the lake, to the east shore of Lonesome Lake about half way down the lake.
After Mrs. Edwards left John bought the place and told me he was going to fix up the old hangar but he never did. He did buy a little Taylorcraft airplane on floats just like his dad had and had it for a few years until he wrecked it on Turner Lake. He was trying to haul a 16 ft. canoe on the side but it was a little short on power (65 hp.) for that kind of load. He ended up in the water and had to swim to shore but was ok otherwise.
I think losing that airplane just about broke his heart, but in the long run I think it was the best thing. I flew the wreck out to Nimpo for him and when we stripped some of the fabric off, the airframe was so rusted out that it was falling apart.

After that John always said he was going to get another airplane but he never did. In the summer he ran the canoe and cabin rental at Turner Lake for many years. When John was running the Turner Lake rental business I always thought he took his job a little too serious. He had a park warden badge which he wore and made sure everyone seen it, and would tell everyone when they arrived at Turner Lake all the park rules and not to step off the trails on what he called the flora and fauna. The people that came there seemed to like him, I think because he was such a character.
I saw one of his journals one time where he was cataloging the wildlife in the area. It went on for pages telling how many squirrels, bees, ants, and every other thing that walked flew swam or crawled by.
One time a grizzly bear attacked him and he had to shoot it. It fell about five feet before reaching him so he went to Bella Coola and reported it to the game branch. They charged him for not having a hunting license, and packing a rifle without a permit. He never disputed the charge and paid the fine. I don't remember how much the fine was but I couldn't believe he would pay anything without a fight.
He was real bitter towards the Parks Branch after he built the cabins and built up the business, and then had them take it away from him. After they kicked him out of the Park he moved back to Lonesome Lake to the homestead and fixed it up a bit until everything burnt in a forest fire. The fire started up at Turner Lake and we watched it for a week when it was about the size of a campfire. Parks had a policy of not fighting fires in the park so after the ground dried out and the wind came up it took off and burnt all the way to Charlotte Lake. (That's the Lonesome Lake Fire of 2004 that I often mention.)
Stanley Edwards lived down at Stillwater about five miles downstream from Lonesome Lake. He moved there after working for years at Ocean Falls as an electrician for the pulp mill. I did a lot of flying for him also, hauling mostly what I thought was junk. I even flew some calves in, then had to haul hay to them which I never got paid for, but Stanley's promise bag was always full."

Thanks Floyd!!
The Stillwater Floyd mentions was apparently noted for the number of grizzlies that came there to feed on dead salmon and where John often ran into the bears on his walk in or out of Lonesome Lake to Bella Coola.
Today wasn't a bad day, but it wasn't perfect either. Our sunshine disappeared by about noon when some heavy cloud rolled in, but it was just above freezing when I went walking the back trails so it wasn't cold by any means, and in the woods there's no breeze so it's quite pleasant.
Last night our temperature went up and down like a yo yo again. By early in the evening it was -6C and dropping, and by midnight it was back up to -3C without the wild wind of the night before. Really strange to have it warm up in the middle of the night like that, and then drop again. It was quite cold by this morning, but again, it warmed up quickly once the sun came up. Suits me. I like it warm!

27/01/2009 6:51 PM

Turnaround

Last night I saw the weather turn around in a manner I've never seen before in my life!
It had dropped to nearly -14C yesterday evening but the temperature slowly started moving back up until at five to eleven last night it was about -11C. Suddenly I thought I could hear the wind come up, and it did, with a vengeance! It was just roaring outside so I walked around to the weather station to see what the wind speed was (17mph) and was floored to see that the temperature had come up to -6C. Five degrees in five minutes. Eight minutes later I looked again to see it up to -3C. That's an eight degree rise in less than 15 minutes! I don't think I've ever seen that before. Since we had no wind prior to that, I'm assuming the gusts were what brought in the warm air. It sure was amazing, anyway. I think by the time I went to bed the thermometer had settled at around -2C and I don't think it changed much through the night.
Today was an amazing one for a walk with sunshine and warm air. It was wonderful in the woods but out in the open it was pretty raw. I don't know what the wind chill would have been but I was sure glad it wasn't below freezing! I think that the highest the temperature ever got to was three degrees above freezing today but the sun might have just been catching the corner of the thermometer at the back. It was a great day!
That system last night brought a skiff of snow and did a lot of drifting of our existing snow. From the satellite pictures it looks like there's another system identical to the last coming in from the Pacific, and it's bringing more warm temperatures and possibly some more snow. Suits me!
Floyd Vaughan sent me a story last night, this time about Lonesome lake, which is kind of a coincidence considering I just finished Isabel Edward's account called Ruffles On My LongJohns. She was married to Ralph Edwards' brother Earle and they spent most of their lives living on Atnarko and in the Bella Coola Valley. If you haven't read it, it's a very good book. I had intended to do a condensed account of it here but I'm not sure I'll have time now. Anyway, onto Floyd's interesting take on the Lonesome Lake bunch.

LONESOME LAKE
"Having flown for and known the Edwards and Turner family for the last 40 years, I thought I should write some of my experiences with them down.
I didn't know Ralph very long as he moved further up the north coast soon after I started flying. I remember him flying his Taylor Craft floatplane into Nimpo in the summer to sell vegetables and potatoes to the lodges. He made the worst landings I had ever seen and told us that every landing was a glassy water landing to him because he had such poor eyesight. (GLASSY WATER IS WHEN THE WATER IS SO SMOOTH THAT YOU CAN'T TELL HOW FAR OFF THE WATER YOU ARE)
Ralph was the one that was supposed to have saved the trumpeter swans from extinction by feeding the last ones at Lonesome Lake until there were enough to save the species. He packed the feed in to Lonesome Lake on his back to start with, but by the time I was there the government paid us to fly it in. They would have the grain delivered in the fall by Hodsons Freight line to the Nimpo Lake base. We had a storehouse so we could haul it when ever we had the time or when the flying was slack. They would usually bring several ton, and being a government job we would only haul legal loads so it made for a real good contract.
By the time I started flying the feed in, Jack and Trudy Turner was in charge of feeding the swans. They would want the trips spaced out over the winter so they could get their mail on the same trips.
Mrs. Edwards lived on Lonesome Lake by herself, and the Turners lived up the Atnarko about three miles. Mrs. Edwards sons, John and Stanley, weren't around much and she wasn't on speaking terms with her daughter Trudy so it must have been kind of lonely for her. I was over to her house a few times and it was full of newspapers and magazines stacked from the floor to the ceiling with just a trail to the rooms. She must have saved every one that had been brought in over the last 50 years. Sometimes I would bring Mrs. Edwards' mail on a flight that the Turners were paying for, and would be told that I was never to bring her mail on their flights.
One time she needed an address we had got for her so I copied it onto a box that the Turner's mail was in. I found out later that they refused to give her the address. I don't know what the trouble was between them, but I have noticed that people that live in the bush for a long time seem to get that way. One time I gave a guy a ride with me hauling swan grain who had a broken arm, and later was told by Dan Shutzie (MY BOSS) that he got a letter from the Turners saying that I should haul more freight instead of a one armed swampier."


I will have to continue the rest of Floyd's story tomorrow so stayed tuned folks. Thanks Floyd!!
26/01/2009 6:05 PM

No Longer A Deep Freeze

Our temperatures didn't drop quite as much last night as they did the night before. About the coldest that it got was -29C or -20F even though it was dropping at a great rate earlier in the evening. I think we started to catch the edge of that new system last night, even though the stars were still shining. By this morning the sun was battling to stay visible among fast moving streamers, and by early afternoon, it had disappeared completely behind low, ominous clouds.
At least the temperature came up. While it was still too cold to go for a walk today with a cold breeze whipping about, by late afternoon it had warmed up to -9C. It has started dropping again since the sun went down but at -12C it's still ten degrees warmer than it was this time last night. All in all though, without sunshine, the day was just a grungy one made all the worse by the fact that I was stuck on the computer all day.
Tomorrow is budget day for Canada with Harper pledging to spend upward of about 64 billion dollars over the next two years in an effort to stimulate the economy. At this point in time I'm not sure whether that's a good thing, or a bad thing. Where I normally would abhor the idea of our country going into deficit to save the economy, we probably do need the boost, but I'm not sure that we need to spend that much.
My main concern is that the money be spent properly and not wasted. Apparently there's already a 30 billion dollar fund for rebuilding infrastructure that the Conservatives put into place a couple of years ago. It's still there. Why? Red Tape. There are so many hoops to go through and so much red tape involved with tapping into that resource that progress has been completely stalled.
I don't think that there is any question that our country needs some major upgrades on its infrastructure. We need new roads and bridges, and highways to be repaired and expanded. It's pathetic that our major artery across Canada is in such bad shape, is only one lane either way in many places, and is extremely dangerous in spots. Only an oil rich province like Alberta has been able to make their section of the Trans Canada Highway something to be proud of.
Even I have to admit that many of our native reserves need new houses. I didn't think so since I'm familiar with our reserve, and as far as I'm concerned they're good to go for a few years with most of their housing less than 20 years old. However, when you see some of the houses on reserves elsewhere, such as down on the Lower Mainland or on the Island, they're in pretty bad shape. I think that our province and most of the others are in desperate need of new hospitals, schools, retirement or long care homes, and low income housing. Unfortunately, though, 60 billion dollars will not go that far. It's just not a lot of money nowadays. Everyone makes such a big deal of the amount, but just look at the cost of a single building facility. While I would definitely rather see it go to infrastructure, and therefore to our future rather than on handouts or bailouts, I just don't think it's going to buy us much. In other words, I don't think we can get enough for our money to warrant going into debt that's going to take years to pay off. It would be a great thing to put carpenters, welders, truckers and road workers, engineers and even mill workers back to work, as well as all the industrial and service industry which would benefit from that. I just don't know that it will be enough.
We are one of the US's major trading partners, and they are ours. While we are supposed to have the strongest economy and banking system of any in the world right now, it isn't helping us much. As long as the States is in a hole, we're going to be in a hole. If they can pull themselves out of it, we'll follow, albeit much later. That's the point in time when I think a stimulus package will do the most good. Speed up the time it would take to recover from a recession so that we're neck and neck with the US when she pulls out of her recession. But if she can't, or is slow to, I don't think we're not going to either.
On top of that, our population has a pretty negative attitude about the economy, far more so than our economy actually warrants, and it's hurting us. Add to that the fact that we are very rich in resources but no one in the world can afford them right now, and we have a problem. There's a lot of contrary stuff too.
On the news tonight they reported that Obama is going to make it a point of his administration to lessen reliance on foreign energy. That should be to our advantage since I don't think we're considered foreign. In fact many countries are clamoring to get into our oil sands because we are considered the most stable of any oil producing country. However, many politicians in the States have declared our oil to be dirty oil, or that which comes out of the tar sands, anyway. At some point in time, they are going to have to make up their minds. I'm the first to think that we should be investing vast amounts of money into research and development of green energy and we should be doing it now. But in the meanwhile, you still need oil and natural gas and you're going to have to decide where to get it from. I figure take it from North America. You're doing a couple of good things. You get rid of your reliance on countries that are political hotbeds, you stop financing terrorist organizations, and you stop financing countries who's religious mantra is to wipe out anyone not Muslim. By spending your money in North America, you keep the money here. It would be nice if the people of North and even South America could become a little more wealthy rather than us financing the Sheiks of Dubai and their outlandish building schemes and lavish lifestyle.
Apparently, under Canada's Arctic alone sits 25% of the world's untapped reserves of oil and natural gas that could provide energy for years to North America. I know, I know....I love the caribou too. But as far as I'm concerned Canada and the US should be tapping into their oil reserves to be used domestically only. Keep prices up so consumption stays down. Take a large percentage of the taxes from the sale of that resource and put it toward alternative energy research and development with the goal of being completely independent of fossil fuels within 25 years.
Everyone figures that it's not fair that industrially exploding countries like China and India can burn fossil fuels and pollute the air but we're supposed to develop alternative energy. So what? If we develop clean energy that is no more expensive than dirty energy, you don't think those countries will convert? Of course they will. They might choke the earth in the meanwhile, but after seeing the air in Beijing, I know that they'll convert. So it's up to us to develop that alternative energy. I know that it's there but very little money has been spent on it as far as I'm concerned, so throw money at the problem. In the meanwhile, let China and India and other developing countries put up with the oil producing countries that their pockets in trade for lives. It pisses me off that we buy oil from a country that knowingly backs terrorist activity, weapons transfer and support for the very scum that kill our troops in Afghanistan, and that needs to change!
Am I making the solution sound too simplistic? I don't think so. Most things in this world really are simpler than we think. It's only we humans that think everything has to be complicated to work. Look at some of the old inventions, steam operated machinary for example, and you will see simple genius at work. I think that Obama has done a remarkable thing to reach the high office that he has against all odds. So now he needs to challenge every back yard inventor, researcher, corporation and small business owner to come up with ingenius solutions for inexpensive alternative energy. What the heck! Offer one billion dollars for a reward. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the bailout package recently meted out for fat cat CEO's of failing companies to use as personal bonuses. Invest huge amounts of that stimulus money he's asking for in Congress now into research and development. Do something like that and one or more members of the human race will come up with the solution, guaranteed! Then, and only then, will we be able to look back on this recession/depression as a blessing in disguise. They do say that desperation is the Mother of Invention! I just don't want it to be so desperate that we're breathing our last gasp of smog before someone finally comes up with a solution! More than any other thing, I strongly believe that finding one or more alternative sources of energy quickly is what will pull North America out of recession and have her booming again. Because if there are alternative sources developed, everything, and I mean everything, will have to be rebuilt, redesigned, revamped, recreated or changed completely to accomodate new energy. And that will stimulate the economy in a healthy way that nothing else can!

25/01/2009 4:16 PM

Deep Freeze!

Boy, are we in the deep freeze right now. It's been chilling down for a couple of days now but by last night the mercury really headed south.
It was -22C or about -7F when I left to play poker yesterday evening. A little while after midnight I decided to go start my truck so it had a chance to run for a short time before I headed home. I've been doing too many short starts and stops because we can cross the lake, so the system doesn't get a lot of opportunity to charge up.
When I went outside and heard how crunchy the snow was under my feet, and found the ignition so stiff on my truck I could barely turn it, I thought, "Uh oh....it's gotta be cold!" It was. When I got home it was -32C or -26F and Andy said it was sitting at -36C or 33 degrees below zero Fahrenheit when he took the dogs out this morning. Brrrr!
As usual though, the beauty of this country is in its clear skies when it's cold because that sun just has so much power. It warmed up steadily today and made it up to -15C or 5F by the time I decided I would try for a walk. Out on the road in the sun, and bundled up well, it was pretty nice. My cheeks froze a bit but otherwise, it wasn't bad at all. However, once the dogs and I got into the woods with a low winter sun mostly blocked by the trees, you could feel the chill in a hurry. Me and two of the dogs were fine, but I could see that Cat's feet were getting really cold. That's the bad thing about having a dog with just a single coat with little fur on her paws and no protection for her feet. I tried warming her back paws up one at a time in my hands, but of course being a pup, that must mean it's play time and let's just chew on the boss's hand for a while. I shortened up the walk and then tried to walk as quickly as possible back home, but still, I don't like going too fast in really cold weather and breathe a lot of cold air into my lungs either.
We've actually discussed getting a coat and booties for Cat for winter to make her a lot more comfortable, but it would be pointless at this point in time. Whatever you put on that dog right now would shredded in minutes, much like many other things around here. Cat's estimated birthday is this month so she's a year old now and hopefully, once she grows up a bit in another year or so, we'll be able to blanket her for winter. For now though, we're stuck with keeping her and the other two dogs in the porch to save their coats when it's cold, and just keeping an eye on her when she's outside.
Andy thought he saw smoke coming from the direction of the neighbours' ice skating rink and popped over there on the snowmobile this afternoon. Sure enough, neighbours were gathered at the rink and around the fire enjoying the sun. Even the local constabulary had stopped in from the ice road to visit and see what was up. Like I said, that sun makes all the difference in the world regardless of where the mercury is. Funny how we're all drawn to the sun. But hey!!! We're on the downhill run now! The sun officially goes down at 5:00 in Vancouver now, which is pretty much the same as us. Make my day!
There are wind chill warnings for our area again, although there wasn't even a breath of wind today. Many places throughout BC are estimated to go down to 40 below tonight with the wind chill, just as they did last night. It's hard to say what we're getting tomorrow. Actually, we know what we're getting because a system is coming in from the Pacific that will probably bring snow. It's just a matter of when it will get here, whether midday or later in the day. The Lower Mainland is expecting one more day of sun and then their weather deteriorates on Tuesday. At least it looks like our temperatures should move up, which is kind of nice. Right now we're at -25C or -13F with temps still dropping and it's early in the evening yet.
One last note, there is a price change on the Property for Sale page for a residence on Charlotte Lake. Okay, I'm away to watch some more Ice Road Truckers on DVD. Stay warm, folks!

23/01/2009 5:05 PM

Weather, Yet Again

Our weather took a turn for the worse for a couple of days. We had to go to Williams Lake on Wednesday and I figured we had lost a beautiful day out here but it turns out it was cloudy or foggy the whole day we were gone. It wasn't great in town either but I think it was a lot colder. When we left the puddle, it was -11.6C about three in the afternoon, and -13C in Alexis Creek, but when we got home at around six, it was only -6C. It was the same as when we went out in the morning. Where we were around -17C or zero Fahrenheit, we came across places on the road to Williams Lake where it was as cold as -27C or 17 below Fahrenheit. Apparently Wednesday was the first time town had seen the sun, and you could tell it had been a long, long time since many places along the highway had. There was frost built up on trees, fences and power lines several inches thick, probably from being in the fog for so many days. It was pretty, if nothing else.
We had wondered why we weren't seeing game along the highway until finally we saw three moose together, one with his horns still on, although they were only double spikes. Then we started seeing Mule deer, and lots of them! At least it was light by the time we started seeing them so it was easier to keep an eye out for them.
Yesterday wasn't much of a day because it got cloudy by late morning and was trying to spit snow, first corn snow and then crystals. The crystalline snow was neat. We got less than an inch of it but it looked like fluffy crystal cornflakes with some flakes the size of a quarter. I'm assuming that the cold front coming in from the north and east of us was hitting our warm air and creating conditions just right for such snow.
At least yesterday it warmed up from -20C or -4F overnight to just a couple of degrees below freezing, so it was still nice for a walk. Not so today. It struggled to reach -12.5C today with a chilly breeze bringing in a blast of arctic air. The sun kept trying to shine through a thick layer of fog and cloud but didn't succeed until this afternoon so I never did go for a walk. The cold wouldn't be so bad but the windchill is probably taking it down at least another 10 degrees so I chickened out. I'm hoping that the sun will shine tomorrow and even though we're supposed to be in for a wicked cold front, the sun might warm things up enough during the day like it did last week. Otherwise, I guess I won't be walking or skiing for a few days. Hopefully, the cold front will slide through by Tuesday and we'll be back in skating party weather!
So.... we finally broke down and bought a new television while we were in town. Our living room TV had been fried by one too many power outages back last spring. We brought our little 13" TV in from the travel trailer until we could buy a new one. We knew we would be buying a flat screen and took our time deciding on what we wanted and then somehow just never got around to buying one. Either we were too rushed or there were too many dogs in the truck and no room for a television. Then it got close to Christmas and we thought we would wait until then when there would be good buys. Again, just didn't get around to it. I guess that just goes to show how important we consider television to be. Not. But in the past month it became painfully clear that even with the tiny TV sitting in the middle of the living room, we were having a harder and harder time seeing stuff on it. Things like the ticker tape at the bottom of some of the news channels or TSX index and Dow information on the business network.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the fact that we got some movies as gifts for Christmas, most notably, the second season of History Channel's Ice Road Truckers, and I really, really, wanted to watch it. Except that Andy said there was no way we were going to watch such a great show on such a little television. It would be pointless. So after waiting patiently for a month I finally decided we were going to watch the shows or go buy a television. Boy, what a difference! We brought the flat screen home and hooked it up on Wednesday night and we've been laughing at ourselves ever since. You just don't realize how much you miss on a weenie little 13" TV. We didn't want too big of a television because our living room is small, so we figured a 40" should be just right. Yikes!!! The picture jumps right out at you it's so big. I'm sure we'll get used to it but it almost seems unnatural. I remember when I used to live out in this country twenty years ago and there was no TV. When I would go into Williams Lake to visit my parents, I would spend hours staring at the television. My Dad would be trying to have a conversation but I just couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen. It didn't matter what the programming was....it was all the bright colors. It was really weird. And that's what this TV is like now.....very bright! At least as I told Andy last night, now I don't have to imagine what I'm seeing on a television program, I can actually see what's happening!
This is the start of a new week, so you'll find last week's articles and awesome sunsets at January Week Three. Speaking of which, we had yet another nice sunset tonight but I didn't take much in the way of pictures. I figured everyone was probably tired of looking at pink sky by now.






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Blocks of blue ice.
 
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Mule deer.
 
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Old red tractor.
 
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