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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 - March, Week 2/2012
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night I took a couple of salads to a fundraiser we attended
at the Anahim Lake Community Hall. The Anahim Lake Community
Association and other members of the community arranged
for a potluck dinner and auction for Sid Blackwell. He's
a neighbour of ours just a few driveways down from our
place and has been diagnosed with angio sarcoma, a rare
and serious form of cancer. He has hit the end of
the road with doctors in Canada and has gone to the States
looking for more advanced treatment there. Sid
is a pilot and was working for Lakes District Air out
of Burns Lake.
The fellow he's flown for the last couple of years, Nick
Hawes, got the ball rolling a few weeks ago with an online
donation page that has already raised nearly $20,000.
Unfortunately that's only a small percentage of the $250,000
the family needs for Sid's treatment. Last night was a
wonder, though, and truly shows what a small community
can do when it puts its mind to it.
After we got home we added up the auction sheet and cash
donations made at the Hall and it totaled around $15,000.
We guessed at another $2,000 at least for door tickets
and drinks profits based on the number of people there
and our own experience at putting on dances at the Nimpo
Hall. So there should be a good $17,000 coming out
of last night's event alone. I'm proud of the
people that pitched in last night to help Sid and his
family out. There aren't a lot of jobs out here and a
very small population, but even in tough economic times
it's amazing what the people here can do.
For any of you that know Sid and would like to help out,
you can click here at http://www.gofundme.com/fdf6o?
site and it also gives more background on what's happening.
Or if you like, you can mail a cheque to Sid Blackwell
at one of the following addresses.
Canada: C/O Nick Hawes 1810 Hwy 35 Burns Lake BC V0J
US: C/O Warren Bean 1905 SE 10th Ave Portland, OR 97214
It was pretty cool being at the Anahim Lake Hall last
night. It's been some time since Andy and I have gone
to a 'do' there. Probably because we don't get out much
anywhere, including here in Nimpo.
A huge portion of the Anahim Community turned out
and I got to see a lot of familiar faces. I was
just kicking myself for forgetting to take my camera,
though. There are a lot of ranchers in the area so cowboy
hats and boots were prevalent. Henry's garb is always
my favorite because he's just plain spiffy looking when
he's dressed up to go out with his black hat, scarf, cowboy
shirt and finely carved leather cuffs. His girlfriend,
on the other hand, wears her favorite hat and it's just
about the scruffiest thing going. I'm sure it's seen just
about everything that a cow or horse can produce. Somehow
she makes it look good and she's still a lot better looking
in her cowboy hat and Leatherman than any runway model
I've ever seen on T.V.
It was good to catch up with folks and you never
heard so much laughter resounding around that hall as
there was last night. Everyone was definitely
having a great time during the auction with Nestor clowning
around as a spotter and poor Cam as auctioneer trying
to keep up on the rattle of bids as they were called in.
We were gunning for a bundle of fence posts and a couple
of other things but the bids went too high for us. The
whole evening was so much fun that even we left a lot
later than we normally would.
Our weather has been its usual funky self.
Typical spring weather, I guess. We do see some sun but
there's been a lot of heavy cloud too so we're just not
getting the day long heat from the sun that we need to
get things melted. It also doesn't help that we get a
skiff of snow nearly every day. That fresh white snow
does a remarkably good job of reflecting back the sunlight
that we do get. It also does an amazing job of hiding
ice. I landed on my butt hard yesterday morning going
out to the truck and have a pretty black and green elbow
and bruised hip to show for it. It feels like I stretched
a few muscles on my rib cage too when I went down. At
least I managed to keep from wiping out my face on the
bumper as I slid under my truck. I was not a happy camper,
I'll tell you that! Unfortunately, the ice is so hard
and smooth in the yard now that absolutely nothing will
penetrate it, so we just have to wait until it melts,
which might take a month or so.
Our temperatures have been a little mixed as well.
While it usually makes it up to freezing or higher during
the day, it has been rocketing to the bottom at night.
Last night it went to nearly -18.5C or -2 below Fahrenheit
which can't have made the dogs very happy. We weren't
expecting it to drop like that or we would have put them
into the garage before going to bed. They get to go in
there tonight since it's already -12C. I guess what's
so irritating is that every single night it clears off
and gets cold, and then it clouds over during the day.
It did it again this evening. It cleared off by suppertime
before the sun set with only a couple of wild anvil shaped
clouds perched over a mountain in the Coast Range, but
I'll bet we'll have mixed cloud and sun at best tomorrow.
I've been watching for northern lights every night
for the past week but there's been nothing spectacular
yet. March is usually a good month for seeing
them and there was supposed to have been that big burst
on the sun's surface last week. Andy just came back from
walking the dogs and says the sky is glowing and it's
greener to the north, but there are none of the dancing
beams we're accustomed to during a good show.
Central Canada has certainly been doing well with their
weather for the past week or so, and are expected to continue
to have warm temperatures for another week. Today
there was a place in Ontario that got up to 26C or 79F.
79 degrees, people! Good grief, would I like a piece of
that! Just a little piece! Winnepeg, Manitoba
of all places has also been enjoying temperatures in the
20's. People have been out golfing and sunbathing.....
small wonder with summer time temps like that and no snow.
I admit to being jealous.
Oh well, we should be seeing that by August, I hope.
At least the first Trumpeter Swans have shown up. Andy
pointed out three of them sitting on the ice between the
island and the point yesterday morning. That's some sign
that spring is coming. We've had our first red-winged
blackbird show up as well this week so that's another
We were down in Bella Coola on the Friday before
we left for the Okanagan and took note that there was
a heck of a lot of snow at Heckman Pass. Coming
back we stopped and I took pictures of the outhouse up
at the parking lot for snowmobilers at the top of the
hill. You couldn't even access the little building by
the stairs. Rather, people had been climbing the snowbank
and going over the railing. You can see from the photos
its mushroom cap of snow and apparently it's even higher
now. (I took photos of the Hill as well which you
can see on the right.)
On Sunday, two days after we went to Bella Coola, we received
five inches of snow and probably as much again through
the week that we were gone. I can't imagine how much snow
that translated to up at the top of the hill, but everyone
is talking about how much there is. The highways maintenance
guys are having to use a loader to push the snowbanks
back because the grader can no longer do it. Friends of
ours were up snowmobiling in the Rainbows yesterday and
said the amount of snow up at the parking lot now is amazing.
People are saying that the Bella Coola Valley is
expecting to flood out again this year and folks down
there are getting ready for it. If there's that
much snow on Heckman Pass, then there will be that much
on all of the mountains surrounding the Valley.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's
posts at March
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!