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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 4/2009
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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,
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
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.
Lonesome Lake Continued
of Floyd's story about the days when he used to freight
into Lonesome Lake.
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."
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
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!
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
"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
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
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."
have to continue the rest of Floyd's story tomorrow so
stayed tuned folks. Thanks Floyd!!
No Longer A Deep Freeze
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
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
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!
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!
Weather, Yet Again
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
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.
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!