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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 - July, Week Two/2013
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Hi Folks. I figured I had better try to get a blog up
before the end of the month arrived. As is the case with
most of our summers, it has been a busy one. Actually,
I think this has been our busiest spring and summer in
years and I dont see it improving that much in the
next month or two but I will try my best to post a blog
periodically. Thank you to all of you that have
been so patient about the absence of regular blogs.
Two weeks ago we decided we both very much needed a break
from our seven day a week work days and particularly from
the bugs. I had a little ten day window between guest
bookings so we decided to take off for a week or so. We
headed down to the West Kootenays to the Brother-in-laws
place on Slocan Lake and stayed there for about three
days. We actually left in the late afternoon to go the
back way over to Kelowna in the hopes that the last part
of the trip would be cooler for the dogs. You never saw
two animals so grateful to get out of the truck and head
for the creek bed at our friends place in Kelowna
even though we wet the dogs down throughout our trip and
gave them lots of water. Theyre Chilcotin
dogs. Theyre not used to that southern BC heat.
Then again, neither am I. I actually wore sandals with
no socks and sleeveless tank tops for the first time in
years because those people have no bugs. That was heaven!
Sitting out on an open deck overlooking gorgeous Slocan
Lake evening after evening and not a bug in sight. Geeeez.
While in the Silverton area we hiked up on Idaho Peak
one day. I would highly recommend the hike to anyone
because the view from the top is breathtaking.
I just cant say a lot about the road to get up there.
Its very similar to the Bella Coola Hill in that
youre looking over the edge to a long drop off for
a long ways but its only one lane, so meeting traffic
is a challenge. Fortunately, our host had the forethought
to suggest we go up early in the morning so that we were
only meeting people coming back down and downward traffic
has the right of way, which was nice. I also would not
have wanted to be hiking up the side of the mountain in
the well over 30C or 90 degree heat we had by the afternoon.
I did hike up to a working hard rock silver mine
in those temps later that afternoon on the same
mountain with the dogs and I can tell you that River the
Rottweiler was dying on his feet and I wasnt overly
enthused about the heat myself.
We have been so busy and the bugs so bad at home here
that we havent been able to take the dogs on their
daily walk for at least six weeks. It wasnt until
Andy went to lift River into the truck the morning we
left here that he realized just how fat the dog had gotten.
River is the kind of dog that can look at dog food
and get fat. We dont dare feed him much
more than what most people feed their cats and he does
quite well because hes just what horse breeders
call an easy keeper. Most of the time with
walks every single day of a mile and a half to three miles
we can keep his weight just right but somehow we let his
weight get away from us this summer and he paid for it.
Hes also getting old for a Rotty at over 12 years
of age and that didnt help. Nor does the fact that
he still has most of last winters coat that includes
an incredibly dense, fine undercoat of fur. It seems that
Rottweilers dont lose all of their winter coats
until November when their new winter coat starts to grow
in so he gets pretty hot. On the other hand, he can lay
in the yard on the gravel in full sun in the heat of the
day and loves it. Hes just not used to heat
and exerting himself. Exertion isnt exactly in Rivers
vocabulary. Which is why I thought I might have
to carry him up the last bit of hill to this working mine.
He made it on his own but barely and only because he could
It didnt help that Andy and the Brother-in-law drove
past us in the truck going up the hill and yelled as they
went by that it was only a little farther or I would have
stopped them and put River in the truck. Ill
tell you, if looks could kill when the truck kept going
on by that dog instead of stopping, Andy would have been
dead at the wheel. :-) I have never seen River mad but
he sure was at that moment!
In any case, if you ever want to check out some nice country,
that West Kootenay region is really pretty and the people
are incredibly friendly. And any time you can get up high
or out on the water, the views will blow you away. Oh,
and no bugs
Kelowna, our next stop for a few days, was hotter
than Hades. It doesnt help that theres
too much pavement and too many people and that its
semi desert. Were so fortunate that our friends
live on a street where there are huge trees and lots of
shade and it must be about 10 degrees cooler than it is
downtown. We always seem to have a bunch of shopping to
do when we get there because there are stores in the Okanagan
that arent in the Cariboo and thank heavens for
a hostess and host willing to run around with us to do
it. I keep wondering though what it would be like to just
relax, visit, and not have to face that heat in the downtown
One pleasure that I always look forward to when
we visit Kelowna is going with our friends to the movies.
Its not something Andy and I ever get to do otherwise
and he wasnt sure he was going to go this time because
the movie I wanted to see was panned so badly by the critics,
but in the end, we were all glad we went. I dont
know why anyone listens to movie critics. Theyre
always wrong. We went to The Lone Ranger mainly to see
Johnny Depp because I havent seen him in anything
yet that I didnt like. You can be sure hell
put some kind of hinky spin on his part and his performance
as Tonto was more than up to par and funny as heck. As
usual, his Tonto and the old Tonto didnt resemble
each other any more than Jack Sparrow resembled a pirate
but like Pirates of the Caribbean, his acting made the
movie. It was a treat to be able to see it.
We had to leave Kelowna at night as well for the
sake of the dogs and ended up parking the trailer
at about two in the morning and sleeping along the highway
before getting up early and heading home. Williams Lake
was also hot and we made our way out of town as soon as
we could to head for home. Apparently it was hot here
as well while we were gone and the heat seems to have
made quite a dent in the mosquito population. They arent
nearly as impossible to deal with as they were before
we left two weeks ago. We got home last Thursday and theyve
just gotten better every day. Theyre still there,
especially if youre watering or out in the evenings
but I can live with their numbers now. It helps too that
its been chilling down a lot for the last few nights
with a temperature of only three degrees above freezing
the other night. I think that might change now though.
Its been pretty warm but its supposed
to get really hot from today on and I dont see it
cooling down that much at night. It was up to
24C or 75F in the shade today and we had quite a bit of
cloud rolling through. Tomorrow its supposed to
be completely clear and hot at 27 in Williams Lake and
31 in Bella Coola. Since were in between the two
. Burn bugs, burn!!!
I havent checked with anyone to see if the fishing
is still good but I heard lots of fish plopping out on
the water this evening and I watched loads of them jumping
yesterday evening. While we have been fortunate to have
very interesting and just awesome guests this summer,
none of our recent guests have been after fish. But folks
we had stay early in July did extremely well and those
that we are expecting later in the month should have a
field day with the fishing.
The Cariboo Fire Center is putting a ban on campfires
starting on Thursday for the Cariboo Chilcotin.
I figured it was coming because most of the Fire Centers
to the south of us planned on putting fire bans on before
the August long weekend coming up if they didnt
have them on already. While we arent quite as hot
and dry as the regions to the south, were getting
there. There has been little in the way of rain in the
past month and this country never takes long to dry out
once the rainy season is over with.
Surprisingly, this summer is shaping up to be just
like it was last year. Long hot spells but no
thunderstorms building up so were not getting the
lightning strikes that would normally be associated with
hot weather. Just not enough moisture in the air to generate
thunderstorms I guess. It suits me. I love looking out
over the lake with the air still clear and the blues from
the lake and sky still vibrant. Although it did look a
little hazy over the mountains this evening so there might
be some smoke to the south
The Vancouver area officially broke all records today
for the longest period without rain. I think that the
weather people are also hoping for a new record for the
first whole month of July without rain but they have to
make it through tomorrow and theres a low coming
in over the Lower Mainland tomorrow evening. Good luck
There have also been a few more temperature records
broken throughout BC in the past week or so and
you should see the temperatures in the northern part of
the province! I think that they will be seeing more forest
fire starts up there, particularly around the Yukon where
theyve had warm weather for several months now.
And a tornado in Italy today! If this trend continues
I dont think theres any doubt that were
seeing climate change in a big way. As Ive said
before, climatologists measure climate over a long term
so nothing can be proven for years yet, but Im seeing
a variation of weather reported all over the world that
Ive never seen in my lifetime, even if you take
into account that weather may take a more predominate
position on the news now than it did 30 or 40 years ago.
The future just might hold a wild ride!
Youll find last wee's blog at July
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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!