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Wilderness Adventures - May, Week 3/2014
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finally back, folks. As promised in the previous blog,
it was going to be a long time between posts if the weather
was nice. The weather hasnt exactly been nice, but
it hasnt been bad, either, at least not until today.
You can thank a wild storm today for the blog because
otherwise, I would still be working outside.
For the past ten days weve had a mix of cloud
and sun and quite a few rain showers. In fact,
I think it has probably sprinkled rain nearly every day
off and on for a few minutes here and there, but for the
most part, its been so fine that you can just keep
working in it. Weve been lucky in that weve
had harder rains but theyve mostly been in the evening
or at night when weve already quit for the day.
At least with the rain and cloud weve had
some cool rainbows and a couple of spectacular sunsets.
Ive actually appreciated the cloudy and cooler days
for the past week or so since Ive been putting in
a large new perennial garden and shoveling a whole lot
of gravel among other things. Trust me, that is not
something you want to be doing under a hot, glaring sun.
I did that the year before last right in the middle of
summer under blistering temperatures and it just about
killed me. So this has worked out very well. Ive
also been transplanting perennials and like any plant,
they prefer cool, cloudy weather for a little while.
Everything is really, really slow to come up this
spring. When we got that slow rain for a couple
of days that I mentioned in the last blog, everything
finally popped and grew several inches in just a matter
of hours, but everything has slowed right down again and
theres two reasons for that.
Weve had pretty cool temperatures at night with
just a couple of degrees above freezing here and below
freezing at the other end of the lake, and it hasnt
exactly been tropical during the day, either. When
the sun does come out its marvelous, but that hasnt
been happening a lot and thats the other problem.
You would think with all that rain our lawn would be coming
on gang busters but Ive only had to mow part of
it once. The rest of it is just kind of sitting there
and parts that received winter damage arent doing
much at all. We really, really need some sun to make things
grow. I have some sorry looking little pansies in
my pots that look exactly like they did when I planted
them two weeks ago. Just pathetic looking. My
rock gardens arent doing much either. I noticed
today that I lost a lot of little rockery plants to winter
kill this year because of lack of snow and really cold
temperatures. Whats left is not doing much and wont
until the sun shines for a while. In a way thats
okay. Were taking off later in the month so maybe
I wont miss the rock gardens blooming.
This is all shaping up to be a very similar spring
to last year. Cool and moist right through June
and then a long hot summer. I am absolutely okay with
that if we the trade off is a hot summer and late fall
and according to some of the long range forecasts, that
will be the case. Especially with El Nino starting to
The other bonus with the cool spring so far is the
lack of mosquitoes. I cant tell you how
nice it is to have my face near the dirt and not have
to deal with those buggers! Ive seen less in the
past 10 days by far than previous to that snow fall. And
Ive seen none in the woods when Ive gone walking
in the mornings because I think its just too cold
early on and too breezy and cool the rest of the day.
Our breezes have been out of the north for a good part
of the time and they have not been warm!
We had some ferocious winds last week that lasted
for a couple of days churning up white caps on the lake
and blowing any bugs to a place far, far away.
Theres a term here used by locals that refers to
the lake turning over and that the fishing
wont be good after ice off until it does. Well it
certainly turned over many times over, and
the fishing has been spectacular!
Everyone that I have talked to that has gone out
has done well with the fishing, and some of the trout
are even good sized! We had guests in the cabin
for a few days and the fellow seemed delighted to have
caught their supper the first night in very short order
and they caught five that they released in no time the
For several days now weve seen fish jumping in the
evenings and the mornings so theyre biting. There
have been a few small hatches of non biting flies that
I think the fish are after but they might be a little
hungry too just for lack of the usual bugs for now. We
havent been out fishing and probably wont
any time soon just for lack of time, but I prefer fishing
in warmer weather anyway. Im strictly a fair
weather fisherman and find no appeal in sitting out in
a boat in a north blowing breeze freezing my bottom off.
Not worth it. To me, being out in the boat is about taking
time off from yard work and projects and having a warm,
lazy afternoon on the lake. If you catch fish its
a bonus but not a requirement. This weather doesnt
suit that vision at all but it hasnt stopped a couple
of our part time residents from being out there every
day. They are far more determined than I.
I know one thing, though. When it is time to go fishing
Im going to be ready for them. With all the little
sprinkles weve had over the past two weeks, wherever
I dig, the earth worms are close to the surface and they
are everywhere! My worm container is full to overflowing
and the robins are having a field day. Its easy
street for them!
Today was the first day in weeks that I havent
really been able to work outside because I had
the cabin to clean for my next guests. Shortly before
I finished up with intentions of getting started on a
project outside, the heavens opened up and rain started
drumming on the metal roof. Then the boomers started and
they were loud! The rain stopped long enough for me to
take all my cleaning supplies back to the house and the
sun popped out. Great, I thought, gardening time! Nope,
not to be. We were getting major thunder claps,
one after another and the sky was blacker than sin,
but darned if I could see any lightning flashes so I couldnt
judge the distance of the storm. Andy was going about
the business of changing the oil in his Bobcat but I decided
that retiring inside might be the drier option and sure
enough it started to just pour the rain down in buckets
with thunder booming and grumbling all the while. Then
the hail started. It was coming down so hard that great
clumps of hail were sliding off the roof by the shovel
full and the surface of the lake looked like it was being
bombed. It actually lasted for quite a little
while and thats when I finally started seeing the
lightning which was when it was right over us.
That was some humdinger of a storm, let me tell
you. Since then weve had a couple more storms
roll over us this evening bringing heavy downpours with
them, but at least theyve been short lived and in
between each, the sun shines. The storms are all coming
at us from out of the north east right now, or inland,
and from the look of the radar, hit the Cariboo and Williams
Lake area before coming west our way. But if the weatherman
and the radar can be believed, it also looks like weve
got some really nice weather coming in over the weekend.
Heat. Sunshine. Boy, will the trees and the grass
and the plants like that!
week's blog is at May
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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