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 One/2011
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Minnows On Our Lawn
about getting held up on a new blog for the past week,
folks. This tourism guide I've been working on for the
past five months is still chasing me around the block.
I figured once I got it out in the mail last Monday,
I was done with it other than to see proofs. The proofs
came in on the plane Friday so that meant I had to go
pick them up and since our program coordinator wanted
to see them immediately, my afternoon was pretty much
shot down in flames. It was too bad too, because I got
up that morning to a glorious day. Our first without
a cloud in the sky for weeks or months and I decided
that day was mine to spend outside. Not so.
The weekend was spent outside planting and inside going
over the ruddy proofs and Sunday evening I sent an email
to the printers saying I signed off. Done!
Nope, not good enough. I was informed this morning that
the proofs had to be sent back down, each and every
page signed and dated, even though time is of the essence
and there is a distance factor here. So I fired
off to the airport in Anahim Lake yet again, shooting
down another whole morning. Now I get an email
informing me that there will be almost 350 boxes totalling
a weight of 10,500 pounds, half of which we have to
hand bomb off the freight truck next week. Are you kidding
me? This thing is going to haunt me for the rest of
I don't know how we're going to find enough people
to help, but I'm going to start eating my Shreddies!
We've gotten pretty lucky with the weather lately. Last
week, the lake seemed to stabilize a bit. It wasn't
coming up anymore, but it wasn't going down either.
Then the day before last we noticed a difference on
our various 'markers' around the yard and in the past
couple of days, the lake level has dropped significantly.
While it's actually only gone down a few inches, it
has gone out on our lawn probably between two and a
half and three feet. Andy can now get to our docks with
just rubber boots on instead of hip waders, and the
rocks on our fire pit out front are actually starting
to show through the water. The one neighbour's
driveway is now above lake water and it's slowly starting
to recede on our closest neighbour's driveway, although
it has a way to go there and he still has minnows chasing
each other back and forth across the road. Although
we can hardly laugh. We've had minnows chasing each
other through the water on our lawn and we had a pair
of ducks paddling around there yesterday. In the picture
up on the right you can see the male duck looking for
tasty treats on our lawn inside the bird feeder post,
which is still under water. The creatures all certainly
seem to like the flooded shallows. Maybe there's more
food or they feel more secure?
It will be a while before we get back to normal water
levels but at least the weather has been helping to
that end. A good part of last week was warm and sunny
and starting Friday, it really started to heat up with
a clear sunny day and warm air but no afternoon
thunderstorms for a change. We've also had a
warm breeze for the past few days and that's gone a
long way to evaporating moisture. We do have some stuff
that's supposed to start moving in tonight, but that's
actually a good thing. I've got to get some tomatoes
planted into the neighbour's greenhouse but with the
sun, the heat inside is just murderous. Some cloudy
weather would be good for that. I've got the tomatoes
planted in my own greenhouse now and the cages in but
even while trying to revamp the irrigation system in
there yesterday I thought I was going to pass out. We
have not had any warm weather at all this spring, so
when we get slammed with temps in the high teens it's
a real shock to the system. Throw in a hot,
humid greenhouse, and it'll flatten you, so I'll have
to wait for cooler temperatures or a cloudy day to finish
up in both greenhouses.
I was over Anahim Lake way last Thursday and the
flooding has created some serious problems there.
Some places have sand bagged along the Dean, but on
the lake where there's just too much property, a good
bit of it is under water where it's low. All along Christensen
Road past the Stampede grounds there's a fair bit of
water lying in the ditches. In some places, just a few
more inches of water and the road will start washing
out. (Apparently it did a week ago.) If a lot of snow
starts melting up in the Itcha Illgatchuz Range, Corkscrew
Creek is going to get even meaner than it is already
and the road just might wash out. I think water levels
in Anahim Lake will continue to climb as well because
even though the Dean River should start stabilizing
soon, the Corkscrew for sure and possibly Natsadalia,
drain higher elevations and all flow into Anahim. Still,
the fun won't really start until the snow begins melting
all over the province. One of the ski hills
is still open down on the Lower Mainland, (Seymour,
I think) something I'm pretty sure is unheard of for
this time of year and just a reminder of how much snow
fell this winter and spring.
Don't forget the following notice for the Bella
Interior roads: Hwy 20 will
be closed May 25 June 12 in the following location
for work on the hill, with 2 daily openings.
Closed area: 77 km E of Bella Coola to 101km E of Bella
Coola Openings: 6 7:30am and 6 7:30 pm.
is the start of a new week/month so you'll find last
month's blog at May
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!