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Wilderness Adventures - West Chilcotin Blog

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!
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10/07/2011 8:05 PM

Still Waiting on Summer

We are still waiting for summer here. While I know forest fires can be devastating, particularly to local business, right now I sure would like to see some hot weather. Really hot weather!
First of all, the plants could really use some sun and more importantly, some warmth. My veggies in the raised boxes are just kind of sitting there looking at me and shivering in their roots, as they have been ever since the seeds reluctantly sprouted.
It took a long, long time for anything to even come up and it's certainly not breaking any records growing. I've had a few cucumbers that decided to make an appearance. Only about 9 out of over 50 seeds planted deigned to come up but most of them still haven't put on their real leaves. They're just kind of squatting there pondering the dirt, or something.
We built potato boxes this year where you add a round of boards as the potatoes plants grow taller and more dirt as you go, similar to hilling potatoes. But the potato plants haven't even made it to the second round of boards and there's still another two rounds to go. In fact, there are still plants just pushing through the dirt so I'm beginning to think I should have stuck to tires. I'm sure if this was a hot summer everything would be much farther ahead than it is, including the potatoes, but since it isn't.....
But hey! On a good note, I do have tomatoes setting on the plants in the greenhouse. Not many but enough to make me a very, very happy camper.
We actually saw some sun yesterday for the whole day. It dropped to just above freezing the night before so first thing in the morning with sunshine and a chill in the air, I could actually work outside, but by noon, no dice. It had warmed up enough for the bugasaurs to be out and about. It was still okay if you could stay in the sun and the breeze. In fact, out in the middle of the gravel driveway was particularly delightful, and we were actually able to tolerate the bugs long enough to get watering done.
Today was a different kettle of fish. It started out quite nicely with sunshine and some high altitude haze, but it just got darker and darker and around 2:30 it just poured down the rain, probably because we watered yesterday. But we had both been talking about going and getting an ice cream cone up at Nimpo and that might have done it too. That's the equivalent of hanging out your laundry or washing the car for guaranteeing an unexpected rainstorm. In any case, it made for bug heaven so I've spent the day working on the computer instead.
Evidence of just how cool our spring and early summer has been can be seen in the photos on the right. These were taken on the last day of June when the guys decided to go for a ride up to Goat Lake. No one has been able to go far this year because it's been so wet and many of the trails are too muddy or covered with ponds to ride them. But the route the guys took that day should have been a fairly easy one although Andy said that just going on our back trail over to the north end of the lake was a real trial involving a lot of mud, a lot of water, and a lot more time than usual.
The guys hit snow when they started climbing up to Goat Lake and once there they hit huge drifts that still hadn't melted, although some were soft and mushy enough that they had to throw brush on them to get through on the trail. But the weather can't be blamed entirely. We did have a huge amount of snow last winter so that would have contributed to the accumulations still up in the alpine. At least it was too cold up high for the bugs to bug them too much on their trail ride although I wouldn't want to bet on that now.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's blog at June Week Three..

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!

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Guys kicking at a snow drift at Goat Lake.
ATV riders in the alpine.
Creek, moss and snow.
Two men piling brush on snow.
Creek fed by a snowdrift.
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