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Wilderness Adventures - March Week Four

This 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 the smog!
3/31/05 4:23 PM

High Winds and Pine Beetle Kill

High winds today could cause power outages to the Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake Communities. This last day of March is a particularily blustery day with wild winds sweeping in over the Coastal Mountains with a nasty, fast moving weather system coming in from the Pacific. I guess the old adage of in like a lamb and out like a lion is certainly true this year. The main concern is that this area is starting to show some Pine Beetle damage, especially along the Highway 20 corridor from log trucks in the past carrying pine logs infected with the Pine beetle to Williams Lake. Naturally, our hydro electric line also follows the highway and high winds like this certainly increases the chance of one or more power outages from fallen trees. Our power is provided by a bank of diesel engines in Anahim Lake, but our BC Hydro repairs are provided by Service men from Bella Coola and Williams Lake, so there is generally a time lag for repairs, at times up to 12 hours, although they usually make a real effort to get here as quickly as possible.
3/30/05 3:10 PM

Blackbirds and Sunshine

Blackbirds are back in droves and their melody is the true harbinger of spring! The term 'liquid melody' comes to mind in trying to describe their song. I don't really know how else to describe a whole flock of blackbirds all trilling a different note in such a way that you just know spring is here and everyone be happy!!! I used to live in a cabin on the edge of a meadow and blackbirds would come right up in front of the window where I put seed out on the snow. You can actually distinguish between the males quite easily because of their shoulder bars. Each bird had a very distinct marking and color that varied from one shoulder stripe up to three, narrow to wide, from deep, dark red to orange to a bright yellow and every shade in between. They are a very watchful bird so the males would usually flock to the seed before the females and immatures and mill around according to rank. Oh yes....there was rank! That's why being able to distinguish between the birds was so interesting, because time after time I would see that a strict pecking order was maintained. You would see several males at the seed, but when the 'Admiral' flew down and strutted up,(If I recall he had two wide orange shoulder stripes) everyone backed out of his way. If the 'General' (one red, one yellow stripe) was already there, he would move out of the Admiral's way but others scrambled out of his way and so on down the line, until you got to a general population among whom it was difficult to tell who stood where in the pecking order. You would see them squabbling among themselves often, so it was hard to identify everyone. For the most part, the females seemed to be on the lower end of the pecking order, but there were exceptions. When the odd female flew down, everyone got out of her way! Kind of makes you wonder....
3/29/05 4:19 PM

Sometimes it's just hard to know what to write

Much as I would like to update this 'blog' every day, sometimes you just run out of things to say. I spend so much time at my desk in the winter time building web pages, and designing for my graphics business, that I just don't get out in the community enough to keep up on current events. Something that will have to change once I get the commmunity newsletter for this site up and running since it is supposed to be a source of information for local people that go on the site. Right now, my little window on the world is pretty small, because I have a whole lot of things that have to be pounded out on this computer before spring gets here so sneaking away to find out what's happening isn't easy. There is also the issue of ethics. If you're talking about people in the community, you want to be awful careful about what you're putting down in writing, so I'm trying to follow the old adage of "If you can't say something good, don't say anything at all" I try to stick to that because I have a very controversial nature and once had to quit writing for a newspaper because the owners felt all my articles had to be in the editorial section or they could get sued for the content. I just this moment finished having a phone conversation with a very nice lady who was polling me for my opinion on the BC Liberal Government, and their representative for this region. I told her she really didn't want to hear my opinion of our government. I'd probably go into it here, but until I get a comments section installed, it doesn't really seem fair to give my extreme opinion on our politicians without giving someone a chance to take a fair shot back at me!
3/28/05 1:39 PM

Results of tests for snowmobiling accident are not yet known.

Still have not found out much about the extent of injuries to a member of our snowmobiling party on Saturday. It's thought by search and rescue members that the injured fellow should have been flown out of Goat Pass by helicopter as he seems to have sustained a serious fracture of his back. He's been sent to Kamloops for CT scan, so we'll know soon. We're very fortunate to have a search and rescue group in the Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake region. Wayne Escott was first up on the mountain to bring the injured member down with Floyd Vaughan. Wayne's partner, Dawn Benton, is instrumental in raising a great deal of money for search and rescue and our local ambulance service for things like stretchers and other equipment. Step in the door of her establishment, Marg's Takeout, and you will probably be sweet talked into buying a raffle ticket. For such a small population base, the people of our local communities are very generous with their pocketbooks. On that note, the 139 Children's Fundraising Auction in February raised an astonishing $15,000!
3/26/05 8:29 PM

Snowmobiling Today/One Injury

Ten of us went snowmobiling up onto 'Trumpeter' and one of us sustained a back injury. Conditions were excellent with 6 to 10 inches of fresh snow but it was on top of a hard packed, almost 'icy' base. Sidehilling was a challenge because your machine kept wanting to slide sideways down a hill. Hill climbing was superb because most slopes were accessible, but if you hit ice at the crest you risked being thrown off your machine or losing momentum, so it was interesting. A couple of our guys set off some small avalanches trying to crest a cornice over at the 'cornice play bowl'. One did succeed in going over the top, the other guy just about lost his machine twice. I don't know how he kept it from rolling over, or from running down the hill, because he'd been bounced off by this time, but somehow he managed. Three of us headed back down the hill for home about an hour early because of a broken starter rope, so we missed all the excitement that occurred shortly after. We heard the group call for search and rescue in Anahim Lake, and two guys left from there to take up a skimmer. I guess one of the fellows came down the steepest part of Goat Pass, couldn't slow down his machine, probably because of the icy and windswept base, hit a house sized rock and both he and the machine flew about 30 feet through the air. Both had a very hard landing. Bent both tunnels so that the track is rubbing against them, and it was thought the fellow either sustained a back injury or broken tailbone. He's stubborn though and limped himself and his machine down the hill very slowly until they could meet help coming up to the Hooch Lake Road. Only 375 miles on a brand new machine ... did I tell you that you need a good paycheck to stay in this game?
3/25/05 9:36 PM

Regional Pages Nearly Finished

Pages describing surrounding regions for resortsbc.com are nearly finished and can be perused here. Tatla Lake and Alexis Creek are located on the eastern end of highway 20 on the way to Nimpo and Anahim Lakes. Each page gives a brief description of the type of country and origin of the town site or points of interest. The Chilko Lake page will tell you that Chilko Lake is the largest high-elevation lake in North America at nearly 60 miles long, surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in BC, including Mt. Waddington, the highest mountain in British Columbia, Canada entirely inside her borders. The lake makes her own weather and because she's glacial fed with milky green glacial silt, Chilko is noted for being the prettiest colored lake in British Columbia. Also noted for BIG fish! Dolly Varden and Bull Trout to 10 pounds, and native Rainbow Trout to 6 pounds. Chilko river serves up Chinook and Sockeye Salmon at the outlet of the lake. The river is known for world class fly fishing and some of the wildest river rafting in Canada!
3/24/05 3:48 PM

Still Winter - Working on Spring

It's still trying to be winter with cold temperatures at night in the West Chilcotin but that sun beating down every day is really warming things up! Will probably go do some snowmobiling this weekend, so just to remind you what a terrific place this can be in winter, check out the snowmobiling photo gallery and the winter recreation page that describes some of the great activities available here in winter because I think spring is coming soon. Just finished the pages about Alexis Creek and Bella Coola. Did some research and many of the communities out here have had some long and interesting histories. For example, the Chilcotin Massacre, of which there were several - some of other tribes, and some of settlers, surveyors and miners. Check out the Alexis Creek regional page for a little more detail on the area.
3/23/05 1:45 PM

Photo Gallery for Resorts BC is Finally Done

Finally completed the photo gallery showcasing the West Chilcotin in British Columbia. Helpful locals have kindly loaned me many of their photos of the area, and some are drawn from my own library. The photo gallery covers a wide range of subjects such as wildlife in the area, alpine flowers , lakes, many of the activities and events in the area available to visitors, quite a bit of information on Parks in the area, and photos of fishing! ...one of the main reasons people come here in summer. However, there are lots of things to do in winter as well. And you haven't seen anything until you've seen our magnificent mountains and sunsets! If you're an avid birdwatcher, you'll enjoy the birds gallery, if you like hiking, you'll get a little taste of what the country has to offer, and you don't want to miss the flying section for those of you who would like to see the country from a floatplane or those lucky ones that own their own plane. Last, but not least, if you're wild about snowmobiling, you're going to want to see these pics! And there is a little, tiny section on Legends & lore that I hope to expand much more. But there is so much history in the country, that you just can't begin to cover it all! Check out the links above, or start at the beginning from the main photo gallery page to get a little taste of what you're getting into! Enjoy! I've posted a few pictures from the gallery on the right.




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.


Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Ten of us snowmobiling on Trumpeter
 
Steep cornice inviting highmark or avalanche
 
Anahim Lake
 
Anahim Lake in fall colors
 
Junker Lake
 
Fishing for Rainbow Trout
 
 
 
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