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 - March, Week 1/2012
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Everyone. I know it's been a long stretch again but we
just got back from the Okanagan at the end of this past
week and our plates have been full, as usual.
I got my computer back but wanted to finish the painting
I had started prior to leaving before getting back into
the office. Once here, I'm usually stuck here for a while.
My Brother-in-law did a miraculous job of repairing my
computer. Apparently that Trojan I got hit with
infiltrated most of the computer in a very short time
and he spent about 15 hours clearing it out and restoring
my desktop. (Yes, I had a top of the line anti-virus,
firewall, etc. for those of you wondering. I do not know
how it got past my computer defenses other than apparently
the new viruses are more like the flu and mutate faster
than the anti-virus software can update.) At least it
didn't hit my data which is on a separate drive in my
computer, so that wasn't affected, and that's the most
important stuff. Programs I can always reload it's just
that it takes about a week so I was thankful my Brother-in-law
could get everything back where it was supposed to be.
The machine is much slower now, and I'm not really sure
why. Some of the icons and fonts seem to be different
and a few other things as well, but it's running and that's
all that matters right now. I expect my other half
is also grateful to his brother for getting my computer
back up and running. The flood of reno ideas will slow
now, much to his relief I'm sure.
We have some really wild and whacky weather today. Yesterday,
too, for that matter. The temperature made it up to three
degrees above freezing yesterday and then all of a sudden
the wind started up, there were snow devils all over the
lake and the temperature dropped five degrees in less
than half an hour. Then we ended up with a sideways blizzard
as landmarks began to disappear until all we could see
was the edge of our deck. At least that didn't last too
long but it sure was ugly and happened about the time
I was between painting jobs and planned on going for a
walk with the dogs. That never happened because the weather
never did improve before dark.
Today we've got a wicked wind out of the east again
blowing snow across the lake and bending the trees in
our yard right over. Looking at the radar on the
Vancouver news hour at lunch time, it looks like we're
getting the back side of a wrap around low pressure center
going right over the top of us. The winds have been a
lot worse for the Lower Mainland though, with ferry cancellations,
trees down and power outages to several thousand people.
I wouldn't be surprised if we lost our power only because
our winds don't come out of the east that often, and even
more rarely at the speeds as we're seeing.
All I can say is that our weather is considerably uglier
than it has been for most of the winter but Andy figures
we'll see winter for the next three months now. Actually,
the weather guy on one of the channels said that March,
April, and May are supposed to be colder than normal.
Ah, well, it was to be expected. We got off very
lucky with our winter so we were bound to get slam dunked
some time this spring.
Since we got back from the Okanagan at the end of the
week, we completely forgot about the Poker Run this past
weekend. I had already planned on painting the basement
walls while Andy worked on baseboards when we realized
it was on Saturday, but decided to stick to our original
plans. One of the reasons was the temperature. It was
pretty warm out and the snow sticky and my snowmobile
has a tendency to overheat in those conditions so I don't
like taking it out under those circumstances. What's particularly
bad is if you're running in the middle or back of a pack
of a lot of snowmobiles going slowly. That's when my machine
really overheats. We figured too that conditions would
mean lots of stucks and according to Ted Hlokoff, it did.
He sent me a write up about the Poker run that I'll reprint
here. Those are also his photos up on the right.
Annual Nimpo Lake Poker Run started at 10am in front of
the Public Boat Launch (beside the Ice Road). Richard
and Leah Simon organized another great Sledding Poker
Run this year. Inital count was 24 sleds at the start.
Waiting at Hooch and Charlotte Main were 5 entrants from
Anahim Lake. We drew cards for our poker hands at that
location and headed down the trail to the Charlotte Alplands.
Several volunteers ride throughout the group to help get
people unstuck and handle any problems that may come up.
I normally ride at the rear and try to keep track of stragglers,
we check that no one gets left behind.
The group started off with Myles Pare being towed on his
snowboard. An ice divot caused a wipeout and blown bindings
within the first few miles, forcing him to become a passenger.
We made a few stops and picked more Poker cards as we
rode the trails. Several riders got stuck, as that is
part of the fun of snowmobiling ... and we had fresh powder
for this ride. Climbing into the Mountains the sun came
out. Perfect setting for the hot dogs, smokies and Pringles
donated for snacks around the Bonfire.
Our "prep group" (Logan, Bill, Kevin and I)
had stacked the firewood in a protected area of the trees
where the view of the mountain slope was spectacular.
As always the view is best when there are expert riders
(Darwin, Mark, Dustin and a few others) stunting, climbing
and jumping in it. The kids had a blast sliding down the
Mountain slope towards the bonfire as well! After a couple
hours of fun, it was time to head back. The ride was nearly
40km each way.
Everyone was enjoying the ride back and Richard used a
different trail coming down. Bonnie Berwin felt a little
adventurous and following old, snow covered tracks (mine),
she was surprised when the snow opened up into a creek
right in front of her. She reacted correctly by squeezing
the throttle and trying to jump the creek. Unfortunately
the little Indy Lite wasn't powerful enough and didn't
make the jump. Squeezing the throttle Bonnie did manage
to keep the nose up, but stuck into the bank. I rode up,
saw her laughing, I jumped the creek, parked, brought
out my rope and went to help. With the people available
it was a minor delay to pull the sled back onto the trail
We stopped in several meadows and drew cards for our Poker
hands which allowed people to have fun and "goof
around". Katana and Richard found a few tree wells,
with Clint following, so several people got to work helping
get them unstuck. This was a great family event that was
fun for everyone.
Thanks again, Ted, for the photos and writeup.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's
posts at February
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!