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
Wilderness Adventures - June, Week 1/2006
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Two Days To Touchdown
it's about a day and a half now. And if I had realized
that getting ready for a three month trip away from home
would have been this much of a nightmare, I don't
know if I would have gone for it. Actually, I'm usually
pretty good at getting things ready for something like
this, but against my better judgement, I took on a web
site repair job that I should never have taken. Unfortunately,
once the goals of the client became more apparent as we
went along, the more obvious it became that I was probably
going to have to pass the remainder of the job off to
someone else. In the meanwhile, I've spent almost a week
off and on of very precious packing time on a job that
probably isn't going to work out. So, I'm waaaaay behind.
In fact, I'm so far behind I think I'm ahead, which
might be a better way to think.
In addition to that, I have an old Conservation Officer
buddy that's coming for supper Thursday night. We didn't
want to miss seeing him, but it will make things a little
tight for packing all the kitchen stuff. Much of that
may be done Friday morning. We're going to stop overnight
in Quesnel to see those great folks we went snowmobiling
with this spring, so it's not like we have to
be up at four in the morning to get on the road. Thank
It's to the final rundown where you have so much to do
that you can't think of one thing to do, and even our
list isn't helping much. Silly little things like checking
to see that we can access our answering machine remotely.
Telus as usual is unable to provide either voice
mail or call forwarding because our lines are so old.
We're still trying to figure out everything we need for
the trip but we keep chugging away carrying stuff to the
trailer. I needed to do some major weeding in the garden
as well as pruning and the Roundup thing. Still have to
set up water around the place if we don't run out of hoses,
and show the fellow staying here what needs to be done.
Add that to a million other things and Friday morning
The day started out gloriously with sun shining
and warm temperatures, making it a great day to
accomplish things outside. This afternoon it has clouded
over, it's spitting rain, and the mosquitoes are absolutely
wicked! So it was time to work inside and let the bugs
have the great outdoors. It's been such a cool spring
that now that it's warmed up, the mosquitoes are all coming
on at once. Just a reminder of what it will be like up
north I guess and I need to get used to the little buggers.
Once you do, you don't really notice them so much. It's
just getting to that point, that's all.
I know one thing, it's going to be a surprise when we
get home. Whenever we get some sunshine, the mountain
beetle killed pine turn redder and redder. I'm sure
the landscape will look quite different when we get home.
I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to write once more
before we head out. I need to transfer all of my files
to the laptop so I won't be switching back until our return.
I also need to move a lot of my office equipment and furniture
against the computers to make room for guests should our
housesitter have them. This is supposed to be the second
bedroom after all. You just usually can't find the
bed most of the time and I need to rectify that.
So this might be goodbye for now. Boy, am I going to miss
On the road again...da da, da da.....
realize I don't mention Anahim Lake as much as Nimpo Lake.
The obvious reason being that I don't live on Anahim Lake
and so it's that much harder to write about it. However,
I was over visiting friends yesterday that live on the
shore of Anahim, and I was reminded of how pretty it is
as well. My friends actually have a spectacular view from
their front window that easily rivals ours. They're
looking at some pretty wicked mountain peaks in what should
be the big Rainbow Range, and those mountains
look much closer than ours. I also heard a floatplane
while I was there and watched a few rainbow trout nose
to the surface of the lake much like they do here.
I should mention that there are two very beautiful resorts
on Anahim Lake. One, Anahim
Lake Resort, offers RV parking
right along the lake as well as cabins. Escott
Bay Resort offers cabins,
chalets and the added bonus of trailrides. So if you're
thinking of coming up to visit this summer and that's
your lake of preference, check out the two resorts as
well as the Anahim
Lake Inn in Anahim Lake
Well, I'm drowning in a sea of packing. Actually, that's
not entirely correct. More like a pond of packing. We're
not doing too badly on that score. Only a few more things
to be packed in the trailer, plus clothes and food and
a few things to be put in the truck yet.
We did one of those 'test the partnership'
things yesterday. The challenge? Putting a dark tinted
film on the windows in the bedroom of the trailer. Not
easy considering that the window frames had to be pulled
off of three windows so that the bug screens could be
removed, and then you could consider putting
the film on. You know right off the bat that you're
in trouble when the instructions read as follows.
"Plan to practice patience and ensure there are few
distractions before attempting this...."
Instructions such as that usually means that one
spouse in the marriage partnership needs to leave the
premises and go visiting, or have coffee with
the neighbour or something while the other gets to work
on whatever job is at hand. Unfortunately, the instructions
also stated very clearly that it required two
people to do this job. Since the dogs don't really qualify
as people, and wouldn't have been particularly helpful
anyway, that left it to us. To do the job together...
I would like to state proudly that the marriage did
survive, and that the tint doesn't look too bad. I was
a little disappointed that the tint wasn't much darker
on the windows. The film looked quite dark in the box,
but once on the window, it didn't look like it was really
going to filter nearly as much light as I had hoped. However,
it did darken up the bedroom part of the trailer somewhat,
and in view of the daylight hours in Alaska in midsummer,
I'm sure it will still help.
It looks like it's setting up a big high pressure system
out over the Pacific that should bring us some really
nice weather for the next week. It's going to be really
hard to leave here if it warms up and the sun is shining
full time. Right now all the fresh leaves on the trees
and green grass have the country looking glorious!
Okay, back to work! Hope you all had a good weekend and
should the folks from Texas get a chance to read this
article once they arrive in the area....Welcome
to the West Chilcotin!
Good Morning! Good Morning!
sounds just like that commercial on TV, doesn't it? Heaven
forbid. But I figured I'd better get something out this
morning since I missed yesterday. I expect you'll be seeing
that more and more often by this next week. Once we hit
the road, it'll be hard to judge just how difficult finding
an Internet hookup will be. And, for the first few days
when we're doing a lot of straight through travelling,
a person might be a little tired for writing. Don't know.
We'll just have to see.
It would be really nice if I could give some kind
of schedule for those terrific people who have been coming
back to the blog every day. I'm afraid that all
I can suggest is check once or twice a week to catch up
on what's been happening. I sure hate the idea of regular
readers having to check all the time to see if there's
anything new, but unless you subscribe to a news aggregator,
I don't think there's any other way of being 'pinged'
when there's a new subject on the blog.
Terry B. is back in the country and has been up
flying his Super Cub the last two days and I see
Buddy's plane is in. Bryan from down at Wilderness Rim
has been putting the hours in on his Beaver getting ready
for the big fly in up to Yellowknife and Whitehorse next
year. Quite a few people from Nimpo Lake join with people
that are summer residents here in their various planes
to fly north for a few weeks. It's a biannual trek that
I hope to join some time in the future. As a reminder,
Rim Resort has one of the best prices
in British Columbia for Aviation Fuel so if you're
visiting Nimpo Lake by floatplane, that's a great place
Another reminder. The British Columbia Floatplane Association
will be having their annual fly-in and AGM from the 14th
to the 16th of July hosted by Terry and Lois at the other
end of Nimpo Lake.
Last item. The neighbour, Ted, sent me a beautiful picture
of a bald eagle taken by his partner Deana.
They've kindly given me permission to use it here so enjoy.
It was taken just outside of their house on Nimpo Lake.
They watched it go down, grab a fish and then take it
off across the lake to eat it.
Okay, enough fun. Back to work for me!
June first everyone. I guess that technically it isn't
summer yet since it isn't the summer solstice. And, in
fact, it doesn't really seem quite like summer yet because
the temperatures are good but it's still off and on cloudy
and spitting rain. But the mosquitoes think it's
summer, and that's all that counts! They are so
liking this weather! The poor dogs have to be brought
in this time of evening because they're both coal black
and so are prime targets for the little buggers. Normally
we only get about two weeks of really bad mosquito weather
here, (last year being the exception) when temperatures
are cool yet and we're experiencing our spring showers.
After that it generally warms up enough to clear out a
lot of them.
I'm hoping that our extensive experience with mosquitoes
locally will prepare us for the hordes of the north.
I remember reading books about the old trappers and then
the Klondikers from the gold rush going crazy from the
bugs, their mules and horses burying themselves in swamps
and muskeg to get away from them.
Pretty much everyone we've talked to have warned us about
the mosquitoes and black flies (some call them no-see-ums)
in Yukon and Alaska and even the travel books list
them right up there with grizzly bear attacks.
LOL. I'm joking, honest. But the books do warn that wearing
long sleeved shirts, a hat and face screening is a prudent
way to dress and that bug dope should be considered at
least as important as your toothpaste when you pack for
your trip. Since I don't go anywhere without it in summer
anyway, that won't be a hard way to think.
Our biggest concern will be for the dogs. We do have a
canopy on the truck with screen on the windows, and we
bought a large screen tent. We're hoping to be able to
set it up right in front of the trailer entrance so that
we can keep down the mosquitoes that get into the trailer
as well as providing a screened in area for the dogs next
to the trailer door. I guarantee that will be their preferred
location to lay all the time (where we can trip over them
entering and exiting the trailer) so we might as well
make it comfortable for them. I also know for a
fact that a certain sucker in this family will let them
sneak into the trailer from time to time to get
away from bugs and for company, so their welfare is well
At least the purchase of the rv trailer will more than
pay for itself for my peace of mind and
good humor. I was not looking forward to sharing living
space in the tight confines of a camper for up to three
months with two very large dogs. Especially two
large dogs that smell like wet chicken when they get wet.
Can you imagine sleeping in the same small, stuffy room
The one, Mocha, is a black lab, so she's not too bad for
size. But the other one, River, a.k.a. The Indian Dog,
is about the same size as that really big Indian on "One
Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest". Well, maybe not quite...but
close. River moves through the world with about
the same degree of nonchalence as a fully loaded sherman
tank. He loves people, is loyal only to the cat
and the next treat, leans on you like a big sleepy horse,
would stay in the exact same position all day...or week...
no matter how uncomfortable he is, as long as you will
pet him, grins, (really, he does, except
that to most people it looks like a snarl) and is completely
and totally selfish. He will knock Mocha
flying if it looks like she's getting attention and he's
not. He hates predatory birds (Eagles, owls, even ravens,
etc.) and water. And we're pretty sure he's scared
of the dark. Actually, we're sure
he's scared of the dark. But so are a lot of people and
like most of the animals around here, he thinks he's people.
So why not?
In any case, the two dogs really will be well looked after
in all regards, including bugs. Short of hanging screens
off of them, there isn't much more that we can do. We've
already trained them to let us put bug dope on them. Actually,
the mosquitoes last year trained them to accept bug dope.
Right now we have more Deet spray of varying strengths
around here than any sports store as well as mosquito
coils, candles, sticks, face screen, and bug deterrent
to wash your clothes in, most of it courtesy of my mother.
She's been to Alaska.
So we should be set.
You'll probably have noticed that I've started a new week.
Yes, I know, it's about time. You'll see a few new pictures
of the waterskipping races on your right because it was
so much fun and you'll find last week's articles at Wilderness
Adventure May 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!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!