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 - May, Week 1/2014
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Yesterday morning a good part of the lake was still
frozen and this morning most of it is open!
The ice had finally opened up along the shoreline and
in the reed beds for the past week so the birds that have
come in have been crowded into those little waterways.
A bit of a sticky situation when the male loons start
coming in because theyre pretty territorial. Then
it snowed this past week for two days and two nights.
Thank heavens the ground was warm enough to keep it melted
for the first day or so but by the end of 48 hours
three days ago we had at least four inches of snow on
the ground, the trees, and the lake.
The only thing we could hope for was that the ice that
was looking pretty rotten and black a few days before
after a couple of days of 20 to 27C days (68F-81F) was
that all that wet snow would help to sink the ice. Obviously
it did because by yesterday morning while all the previously
open water along the shoreline was frozen solid, the snow
had mostly melted off the ice and by yesterday afternoon
it started to simply disappear. A little breeze came up
in the afternoon and started moving the rest of the ice
around and Voila! Open water!
I think Im calling today ice off for this
year unless it turns out that theres a big patch
of ice on the Main Arm yet or if an ice sheet
out in front of us on the Main Arm doesnt disappear
by this evening. Theres a little ice crushed up
against the shore by the public boat launch and theres
still a patch glued to our dock in the back bay, but I
expect all of that to be gone by this evening. We have
a brisk little breeze switching between the south and
the north and that tends to break up the ice pretty quickly.
The ice this year was just like that of last year, it
just kind of melted away, so it didnt do any damage
to docks or anything while moving around the lake.
We had two stunning days in a row last week with
temperatures on the second day, May 1st, reaching 25C
or 77F here, but many people down the lake and
in Anahim Lake reported even warmer temperatures of 27C.
It may have gotten higher here as well but I was outside
all day working because whos going to be inside
on a day like that? It was absolutely amazing with sunshine,
a slightly warm breeze and the feel of summer on the air.
Unfortunately, with two barn burners in a row the mosquitoes
were starting to get a little wild in the woods when I
walked the dogs and even working out in the yard toward
evening. So while it was a shock for everyone to
see a 30 degree drop in temperature and several inches
of snow on the ground in little more than 24 hours, it
didnt really make me all that unhappy. Well,
. I was just as teed off as the rest of the
population throughout BC and Alberta that got a dump of
snow, but there was actually a positive side. The hard
frost and snow went a long way toward kicking butt on
those frisky mosquitoes that had ventured out and were
already biting with a vengeance. I havent seen a
single one of the obnoxious little buggers since!
It finally warmed up again and yesterday was another really
pretty day with most of the snow melted and temperatures
that eventually hit about 15C or 59F. Because it froze
so hard the night before I was able to get out on the
back trail first thing yesterday morning before it thawed
out and I was walking in the slime left by melting snow.
I went out again first thing this morning and while not
frozen, it had been warm and breezy enough yesterday to
dry things up a little bit.
Today isn't quite as nice as yesterday's perfectly
clear blue sky day although it started out being clear
and gorgeous this morning. But by the time I got
back from my walk cloud had moved in and the wind is switching
back and forth. Just one day of ice or no ice can make
all the difference in the world! Now with the ice off
any breeze blowing over the lake is blowing over water
just barely above freezing and that cools things off drastically
when youre close to the water! Still, its
not that bad out and once I get a phone call that Im
waiting for, I will be closing out this blog or finishing
it later and heading back outside, even if it has dropped
two degrees in the past few minutes. Geez
At least it is spring, even if it is up and down.
The hummingbirds are here and not only did I put out one
feeder last week but had to put out a second on the opposite
side of the house because there were so many males and
they were all fighting over the feeder by my office window.
The loons are an absolute delight to listen to and the
females are in now as well so you can see and hear pairs
all over the lake now deciding where theyre going
to nest. The song birds are out in force and as usual,
too many bald eagles have returned.
Yesterday I got a trench dug along the ridge in
front of the cabin and planted some raspberry canes my
Brother-in-law kindly dug up from his own patch and sent
out for me. I even got the fence posts in on either
end to hold wire to contain the bushes and now Im
just waiting for the wire that Andy is bringing back from
town with him. Actually, hes bringing back a whole
truck load of building materials as well as gardening
necessities for me. So this spring is going to be another
busy one with projects. That is, once he has his Bobcat
fixed. Hes been working on it for days now and I
expect hell be working on it for several more days
once he brings back the parts he needs today, just to
get it put back together. Ive been missing it being
in working order because I have a bunch of little jobs
for it, as does Andy. For that matter, so do neighbours
down at the end of the lake that are relying on Andy to
come do some landscaping for them. You just dont
realize how handy that little machine is until its
Our weather is supposed to change and start raining on
Thursday or Friday so Im going to get outside while
Up on the right I've put a progression of photos for the
past five days in order and today's blue water. I love
blue water! I was definitely ready for it!
week's blog is at April
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!