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 2/2006
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of the Day.
have to wait until tomorrow to be written about. Sorry
folks, but I am just too pooped to pop. It was a long,
long day. The waterskipping in Anahim Lake was supposed
to start at 11:00. However, as usual, we're on Chilcotin
time out here so that means it was almost noon
before the first machine hit the water. I've been rained
on about a million times, eaten by mosquitoes first thing
this morning and blown raw by a cold, cold wind that sprang
up this afternoon. I didn't get home until supper time
and the census taker was sitting at my kitchen table,
so it was just one of those days. On the plus side,
I've got lots of great pictures! So hang in there
until tomorrow if you can and I'll have the story and
loads of pics to go with it. Oh, I did put one pic in
on the Picture
of the Day.
the big day for waterskipping. Yep, the
annual spring event is one of the more popular ones in
the area and along with the canoe races, tends to kick
off the summer season for locals and visitors alike. I
guess that means I'll be attending if I want pictures.
A kind and gracious reader of this blog, whom by happy
circumstance, also happens to be my sister-in-law, found
the name of our mystery 'duck' as described below in the
article for the 17th. Her email suggested I try looking
for a Surf Scoter- adult male and so I did.
Do you know I scoured that silly bird book of mine looking
for something that fit the description of our mystery
bird and could not find it anywhere? Once I had the name,
however, it was easy to find under Sea Ducks. Being that
blind kind of makes you want to slap yourself in the forehead
and my only excuse is that I wasn't exactly expecting
a sea duck on a freshwater lake 100 to 120 miles inland
from the ocean. Also, I stand by my claim that
the illustration in the bird book doesn't look a lot like
the birds we saw on Nimpo Lake.
My bird book describes Sea Ducks as heavy, rather
large, short necked diving ducks typically seen along
coasts. Most live on mollusks. Okay. No coast
here and no mollusks. (See the dictionary for mollusks.
Snails, clams and squids.) We do have freshwater
shrimp gallore in Nimpo Lake which is probably what gives
our rainbow trout such awesome pink flesh.
In conclusion, I can only assume our odd birds were blown
in from the coast by a wicked wind we had the day before
and found our lake to be a nice, calm retreat with lots
of chow for the short term. They were certainly doing
a lot of diving just off of our shore anyway and they're
still here so they must not be in any hurry to head to
their summer range in northern Canada and Alaska.
Lots of the locals have been out fishing this week
and doing very well. It's no wonder. You look
out over the lake anytime there's calm water and there's
trout jumping everywhere. Some folks that have moved into
the area only recently for summer work have become downright
addicted. They hardly come in long enough to eat!
We finally got a minor little rain shower this afternoon,
so that will perk up the fishing even more
and get the grass greening up. It would be nice to see
some leaves pop out on the aspen too. Coming back from
town yesterday you could see that bright, fresh, lime
green of new leaves most of the way. Until we got here.
But we're always a little behind the rest of the country.
That's okay. It makes life interesting.
trip into Willy's Puddle today, more formally known as
Williams Lake. And really, there's nothing quick
about a 400 mile round trip that requires one
to be out the door and on the road by 5:45 A.M. Can you
tell I'm not an early morning person?
Williams Lake is the nearest large centre for us
so if you require dentist appointments, as we did today,
you travel the 200 miles to get there, spend two hours
apiece because when you're going that distance you get
all the work done at once, and while one warms a dentist
chair, the other goes shopping and runs errands. Then
you reverse the roles. Our teamwork usually gets
us back to Nimpo Lake within 13 hours of leaving
with most errands done and relieved to be home out of
the multitude of people and traffic.
Can you tell we're bushed? That's okay. I prefer it that
Lots of wildlife on the way in this morning. There
was a young moose standing in a little pothole meadow
by the road. I didn't get a picture because, a)
We blew past too fast, and b) He was such a goofy looking
thing with one long ear flopped forward and the other
back and big tufts of hair hanging out all over the place
from losing his winter coat. His moth eaten appearance
belied the majestic big game animal just a little too
much to impress the tourists.
Saw a nice, big black bear on the side of the road
shortly after seeing the moose but he'd split
by the time the camera was out, on, and the truck slowed
We saw lots and lots of mulies though and they weren't
going anywhere fast! Lots of nice bucks in velvet and
fat little does all the way into town. Saw quite a few
coming back out too, but at least they weren't all over
the road like they were this morning. It pays to have
an extra set of eyes in the vehicle watching out for them.
It's been a long day so I hope you folks don't mind if
I keep this real short. I'll see you tomorrow.
Mixed Middle Of The Week
just one of those days where it's a little of this and
a little of that. The weather toned down a bit today.
It was still sunny and warm but there was a nice breeze
and the temperature wasn't quite so impossibly hot as
it was yesterday. A little high cloud has moved in this
evening and we are supposed to see a weather change over
There were some really strange birds on Nimpo Lake
today. They were quite dark with really big orange
beaks upturned on the end like 'shovellers' (ducks) but
with white bulging on their forhead and on the sides of
the beak and a big white triangle shaped patch on the
back of their head and neck. I looked high and low in
the bird book and couldn't find anything like them. They
looked like a strange cross between a shoveller and a
puffin, and we don't get puffins here. I don't know if
they got blown in from the coast on the wind or not but
they've been merrily diving for food just off shore in
front of the house all day.
One of the property listings on Nimpo Lake mentioned
last night has been up on the 'Net all day and
the second one will go up tonite. You can access those
listings at the Properties
for Sale page.
You have probably noticed that articles are being uploaded
late in the evening recently. We've turned our cabin over
to the local Forestry Protection fellow and dedicated
my internet phone line to him, however, since Cariboo
Fire Centre in Williams Lake needs to get hold of him
periodically, I don't want to block the phone by being
online. I may have to change the times that I upload new
blogs. If you're finding the new article isn't up before
you go to bed, please be patient. I'll change around to
daytime sometime in the next few days.
Our new Conservative Government that came into power in
Canada in January has been promising to dismantle
the whole long gun registration setup in this country.
The Auditor General just came down with her report last
night indicating that funds were not only mismanaged,
changing the estimated cost from two million dollars
to two billion since the registry's inception,
but that the Liberal Government hid some of the actual
costs from Parliament. That's a no-no.
I had really, really hoped that Canadians in general would
be so fed up with the whole white elephant that they would
back the idea of scrapping the registry. Unfortunately
most people from the province of Quebec and from the three
largest cities in Canada want the registry kept. Apparently
they haven't quite caught onto what has become painfully
obvious to the rest of us. The gun registry does
not prevent crime. We watched a media interview with a
fellow that heads up a coalition against guns. He doesn't
believe any Canadian should own any firearm, and yet even
he admitted on national television that the costly
registry has done nothing to prevent firearms crimes in
As a result of Quebec's stance, The Prime Minister has
backed off from completely scrapping the registry at this
point in time in the hopes of winning a majority government
next time and doing so then. He has agreed to drop the
renewal fee for registration, and those who do not register
their rifles will no longer be considered criminals. That's
the first intelligent decision I have seen come out of
a Canadian ruling government in years. It just
does my heart proud.
Yes, I was being sarcastic. It's a step in the right direction,
but unless the entire thing, including the registry database
is dismantled and destroyed, the next Liberal Government
to get in can simply reactivate the registry and again
trample all over our right to subsistance hunting, and
to protect ourselves and our property.
know we sound like we're never happy with the weather
in the West Chilcotin but really, it has gone
from one extreme to another. We went to nearly 25C or
78 degrees Fahrenheit today, from only a few degrees above
freezing for a daytime high just a few days ago. Williams
Lake was right around 90 degrees today and that's hot
for this time of year. Although I have seen it to 105F
at five in the evening day after day in Willy's Puddle
back in the early 80's. Boy, were there forest fires then!
I'm afraid we're going to see a high forest fire
danger throughout British Columbia this week because
the temperature highs are off the record and lightning
strikes are a big threat now. Anyway, lots of temperature
records were broken both yesterday and today all over
the province and that made the weatherman happy.
I have two terrific new listings for the Properties
for Sale pages and hope
to get those completed and up tonight or tomorrow night.
It's hard to work inside on the computer during the day
when the weather is so spectacular. There's too many things
to do outside and we've been waiting for good weather.
The first property has been operated as an RV Park
and Campground and has two cabins as well. Clients
return year after year. There's nearly five grassy and
treed acres sloping down to Nimpo Lake that overlook the
Coast Mountain Range. There are 21 RV pull through sites
that have full hookups including sewer, power and water
and 2 with partial hookups. There are two cabins, one
quite large at 16x24 and the other at 16x20. Both come
equipped with everything.
The property has a large number of spruce trees on it
so the pine beetle will not be a concern.
The house is 27x46 or around 1242 sq. feet with three
bedrooms and one bath, fireplace and a wonderful view
of the property, Nimpo Lake and the mountains.
There is a large dock commonly used for docking floatplanes
on a fairly protected bay.
The property is actually made up of two equal lots,
both with waterfront, so if you wanted to sell
one half at a later date, it's easily done. However, the
property can only be sold as a whole now. The owner will
not sell the two lots separately.
The second listing is a 8500 square foot log house
custom built by Pioneer Log Homes on over 20 acres of
land on Nimpo Lake in a protected bay with numerous
docks ideal for floatplanes. There are several new log
residences on the property as well as some older cabins.
This property has been operated as a resort for years
and most clients are repeat customers. The layout would
also lend itself well to a corporate retreat or private
For more information and pricing, check out the Properties
for Sale page in the next
few days and I should have everything listed there.
Bear Attack Number Two
another bear attack has occurred in BC. Apparently
an off duty RCMP officer was jogging on a trail ten miles
north of Quesnel when his dog was attacked by a black
bear. The bear then turned on the officer. He fought
the bear off and made it back out to a main road
where he was picked up by a passing motorist and taken
to hospital to be treated for bite and claw marks. The
game wardens are reasonably sure that the animal was a
sow and was probably protecting cubs.
It seems awfully early in the year for two black bear
attacks to occur on the same weekend in British Columbia,
but cooler weather and fewer food sources may result in
bear attacks by both male and sow black bears.
Our annual canoe races were held Saturday with a couple
of young local boys coming in first and a couple of 'thirty
something guys' including one of the local grocery store
owners, coming in second place.
The canoe race starts at the Nimpo Lake public boat
launch and heads immediately down the short arm
toward the mouth of the Dean River. From there it
follows the Dean down to Anahim Lake. Although
it takes less than 15 minutes to drive that distance it
took nearly four hours for the paddlers to reach Anahim.
The Dean can be narrow and shallow in spots, barely looking
like a creek in places, is often jammed with logs or beaver
dams and is just downright treacherous. Anytime before
August can be really nasty cold if you take a dunking
on the way down the Dean, but this year is unusually cold.
Hypothermia would have been a real danger had anyone gone
in because our temperatures for the last three nights
have dipped below freezing to -5C or about 23 degrees
The snowmobile waterskipping races will be held
next weekend and I will definitely try to be on
hand to take pictures. Hopefully, the weather and water
will be a little warmer because going in the water in
that sport is almost a given!
I am starting a new week so if you would like to catch
up on what happened last week, check out Wilderness
Adventure May Week One . Oh, and don't
forget the Picture
of the Day .
Happy Mother's Day ladies for yesterday. You may have
noticed that I didn't write on Sunday, but it was a breathtaking
day and too nice to be inside. Besides, I'll bet most
of you had a lot of better things to do than read this
on a Sunday and Mother's Day!
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!