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 - November Week 2
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A Little Mexicana in The Chilcotin
to supper at Chilcotin's Gate tonite and it was smashing!
The Gate is a family restaurant in Nimpo Lake
that has only recently been taken over by new management.
Ian has been having some specialty nights lately just
to show his stuff. No question, the man can cook. We went
out a week or so ago to a prime rib dinner that couldn't
be matched at the finest of restaurants and tonite was
Mexican Night. We met the neighbours there and got
the opportunity to meet some brand new neighbours that
just purchased a cabin on Nimpo Lake just a few lanes
down the lake from us. They look like they might
be a lot of fun and I look forward to doing some sledding
with them this winter.
Having special nights at the restaurant is an excellent
way to see your neighbours and fellow community members.
Summer is pretty busy for everyone in the area so late
fall and winter is when everyone just kind of takes a
big breath and relaxes. And take the opportunity to get
out there and have some fun of course.
One thing that is kind of unique about the area that I
never really noticed before, is how handy it is to know
everyone. Our new neighbour inquired as to how much fuel
the generators providing our hydro for the region used.
I said I didn't know the answer to that question
but I would just step over and ask the fellow that did.
The fellow that keeps an eye on our generators told me
that we go through about 4300 litres a day in summer and
about 11,000 in winter. That translates into about 1000
or 2500 gallons depending on the season. Not necessary
information I guess, but unlike anywhere else where you
would have to research a question, it's just nice to go
over to the next table and ask.
Just for anyone that doesn't know the area, we don't get
our electricity from a power grid as most do. Rather,
our power comes from huge diesel generators sitting
on the back of semi truck trailers at Anahim Lake.
Although it may be a costly way to generate power for
our region, it would be a lot more costly to put in the
infrastructure to bring electricity from Williams Lake.
Some people have investigated the possibility of
putting a plant on some of our rivers or streams,
others at putting in a co-generation plant that would
utilize some of the waste from the mill, but nothing has
really come to fruition yet.
Just an added note, I realize I've missed days again in
writing articles, but I am in my really busy season as
mentioned before so articles are going to be hit and miss
for another couple of weeks yet. Thank you all for your
one other thing. If any of you using Firefox for
a browser noticed that this and last week's blog was a
little screwed up, I just wanted you to know that
I only just realized it a day ago and fixed it up. If
you want to see the new improved pages, just hit your
refresh button. My fault. I was fooling around with my
html and wiped out some code that I shouldn't have. Sorry
Ice On - Snow On
remember my discussion yesterday about how nice it would
be to build good ice on Nimpo Lake before it snowed?
Be careful what you wish for because it probably won't
come true. As you can see from the picture on the top
right, things look a little different today. Our wonderful
clear ice was covered up by two inches of wet, heavy snow
guaranteed to cause overflow and deteriorate the
ice already formed on the lake. Out past the islands,
the main arm is still open, which is fortunate. We can
only hope it stays that way at least until the end of
the week when we're supposed to have a clear high come
in from Alaska. If temps drop and there's no precipitation
then the lake will freeze over with good ice. If not...well,
you can't have everything but it sure would be nice. No
overflow would be nice. Overflow on a lake is caused
just by these conditions. Lake ice, whether quite
thick or thin and early in winter or late, can be pushed
down by the weight of heavy snow. When that happens, water
seeps in from shore or from cracks in the ice caused by
it buckling under the weight. If you have two feet of
snow on the ice, you can have two feet of overflow, and
it is nasty, especially if you can't see it. The water
saturates the snow underneath making it very heavy. If
you hit overflow with a snowmobile you have to keep your
speed up and get out of it as soon as you can
or could be trying to shovel your sled out of several
feet of snow that you can literally wring the water out
of. People have been known to be stuck for a few hours,
especially if there's no one left on shore that can help
to winch the sled out. Even cross country skiing
is no fun. A couple times when I went out across
the lake last winter I hit overflow. The first time I
was sinking into 8" of snow that turned to slush
in my tracks which in turn froze into ice. The second
time out was only an inch or so, but it too froze, making
it way too slippery to use that trail again.
how quickly Nimpo Lake froze up.
I realize that it might get a little tiresome getting
weather reports from this part of the country, but Mother
Nature fascinates me. Each year is different. Not just
a little, but a lot. Only yesterday our strange
little birds from the north were bobbing around on the
water in front of the house. The same birds are
now bobbing around several hundred yards away. The lake
froze right out to the islands last night. Other than
little open riffs here and there, the only open water
this morning is on the main arm. Usually it takes its
time freezing out from shore by degrees unless we get
a real cold snap, but we've had a pretty cool fall and
that water has been cold and sluggish for some time. Last
night it dropped to -10C or 20 degrees with no wind and
that was just enough to present a different world this
morning. Of course that could all change. If a wind
comes up it will knock the ice back considerably but it
won't be long now. We all just hope we get a good
hard freeze before we get any snow now. It would be nice
to have some good quality clear ice. Last year was
a little scary at times. Not many people drove
on the main arm and even cross country skiing across the
lake didn't give me that warm fuzzy feeling it usually
does. The main arm never built up a good layer of ice
before we got snow. Then warm weather and a melt rotted
the ice even more. All the pilots commented that they
had never seen spider holes on Nimpo Lake for the entire
winter before. I know, I crossed a few of them skiing.
We even had a few good ones on the back bay so although
I drove over it to get the mail up at the restaurant a
few times, I didn't make a habit of it. No one did. This
year the back bay looking toward the Itcha Mountains
and the outlet of the Dean River, is completely frozen
over already. Unfortunately, with a freeze this
early, the lake ice may be worse than last year. There's
a better chance of getting a good dump of snow before
getting really cold weather to develop the ice. Hopefully,
that won't be the case. Nimpo Lake is a busy winter
meeting place when the ice is good. I often meet
several people driving on the ice road when I'm out skiing.
Or in February when the weather is clear and the sun is
warm I'll meet other people walking, skiing, bicycling,
snowmobiling or skating and there's always an opportunity
to wave at a plane overhead.
The year before last a young couple even came up
from Anahim Lake because they heard the skate skiing was
so good on the ice road. They went flying past
me down the road to the other end of the lake and back.
Boy, can they move out! Although I realize conditions
have to be just right for skate skiis, you can sure cover
a lot of ground in a short period of time. It seems it
would take a fair bit to learn the technique though, or
at least to keep from falling on your head. It sure looked
like a lot of fun anyway.
Little Snow, a Little Sun
got a really nice day today. November isn't known to be
the nicest month in this country usually, but it's shaping
up not too badly so far. Started snowing really fine flakes
last night but quit very shortly. Started again early
this morning but only ended up with about a half an inch
on the ground. It melted pretty fast off the deck because
that sun has a lot of heat in it yet, but the roads are
frozen on the surface now so the snow sticks.
There was quite a bit of ice on Nimpo Lake freezing
from shore in front here this morning. A breeze
came up and took most of it out but the back bay is half
frozen. It'll take some pretty good waves to take that
out so it's there until spring now.
Saw a nice sized fish jump in front of the house
a while ago. Like, darn, the boat is up on shore
and the dock is over in the bay but boy would I like to
go fishing. It's not much above freezing so it would probably
be a little cold out there.
Our funny little water birds are still with us. I don't
know what kind they are, but there are a few different
types. They're usually here really early in the spring
before the ice goes out paddling around on a little tiny
bit of open water, and they're the last ones to leave
in late fall. I don't know where they go in the summer.
Presumably up north. They don't mind the cold obviously
so I'm sure they would find it too warm for them here
I had to include the picture at the right of a floatplane
moving a dock to a protected bay on Nimpo Lake.
Normally, you would use one or two boats tied alongside
the dock and move it slowly to its winter resting place.
But there are other ways of doing it as you can see from
the picture. And for a floatplane pilot that loves
to be in his plane, any excuse will do, even if
it isn't exactly flying.
still a little busy, hence the irregular stories. Once
things are back to normal in another month or so, the
articles will start becoming a little more regular I think.
I would like to go on with the rest of Rich Hobson's
books and get started on Ralph Edward's
book, "Crusoe of Lonesome Lake". But
business gets in the way as usual. It's that 'have to
eat' kind of thing. I'm a little slow wading through my
calendar orders this year. I value my clients highly but
some of them sure like to change their calendar design
every year. Designing new logos, or cards or just changing
things around is very time consuming, and I seem to have
gotten an inordinate number of changes this year. That's
life I guess.
Remembrance Day yesterday was a poignant reminder of those
soldiers that died in all the past wars fighting for our
freedoms at home. In this family, both our fathers were
soldiers so we always watch the ceremonies on TV and observe
our moment of silence. It was nice to see all the
young faces in the crowd at different ceremonies in Vancouver
and Victoria. The veterans talk about there being
a resurgence of interest in recent years by young people.
It may well be that the Iraq war has brought home the
miseries of war to them. This is no war buried deep
in dusty school books but one they see on the television
There was quite a neat story related by a feisty veteran
on tv yesterday. He was fueling up his car last week at
a gas station when a young fellow walked past him and
noted the Veteran license plates on his vehicle. He asked
the old soldier if he was the veteran. When told yes,
he said "Thank you for my freedom!" and left.
When the older fellow went in to pay for his gas he was
told by the cashier that his gas had been paid for by
the young fellow that had questioned him about his plates.
At the cost of fuel now days, that's quite a gift. But
then, so is our freedom.
The war in Iraq has made us all more aware of our
soldiers I think. I have a brother that came back
from there last spring and I only hope he doesn't get
called back. We all held our breaths for the entire year
he was there, worrying about him every time the television
showed another suicide bomber or attack by insurgents.
He was on a gun truck in a fairly targetable position
and he's never been the type to keep his head down. More
like he would volunteer for every convoy going out because
he hated sitting around base. In other words he'd rather
be shot at than be bored. Took after his father way too
I may not necessarily agree with the continuance of the
war in Iraq, but I can understand the awkward position
that the Bush Administration is in. I think Bush stepped
into a lot deeper pile of camel chips than he or anyone
else expected and it's beginning to look a lot like Vietnam.
Pull out now, and which tyrannical faction takes over?
I sympathize with his position, but I sympathize a lot
more with all the families waiting for their sons and
daughters to come home.
However, since I enjoy my freedoms and don't care to be
converting to Islam any time soon I can only thank
my brother, his father, and all the other men and women
of the armed forces for every war ever fought to preserve
ours and the freedoms of others.
pretty wild weather has hit us in the last 24 hours. Well,
wild for us anyway. The temperature started climbing at
about supper time last night. We haven't seen above freezing
temps for a full 24 hours in probably about a month, but
we sure have today.
Wild winds started rocking the house last night
and the power went out at 5:04 a.m.and didn't come back
on until 11:30 this morning. Power outages are starting
to become pretty common here lately. That's not surprising
considering the number of beetle kill trees out there
now. And November is typically a rotten month all round,
but particularly for wind. We've been getting rain squalls
coming in which is disappointing. Snow would be much better
and hopefully this warm front isn't melting our
nice snowmobile base up in the mountains.
There are a few odd little ducks left here and there
on Nimpo Lake paddling around in the very, very
cold water, probably diving for shrimp and filling up
on chow before heading south.
A bird flew over us the other day when we were out fishing
and I've only now had a chance to look at the picture.
Unfortunately, a digital camera still won't pull in great
detail at a distance but you can get an idea of what it
looks like anyway. I'm frankly not sure what it is. When
it went over it had the long sweeping downstrokes and
slow flight more like an owl, but the head just isn't
big enough and the coloring is wrong. The tail seemed
more like what you will see on some hawks but the bird
was way too big, and the head shape and the coloring is
similiar but not quite right for an osprey. An osprey
has white breast feathers. I can only assume that it is
an immature bald eagle, it just doesn't
look like the ones we usually see and it flew with a lot
more direct purpose than they usually do.
We're still waiting for the weather to settle down enough
to disconnect and move our dock over into a sheltered
bay and stow the boat for the winter. One doesn't
want to get caught with ice freezing in too solid around
the dock before it can be moved. That happened
to a resort across the lake a couple of years ago. They
tried to move the dock after too much ice was on and could
only move it so far into the bay. That was as far as it
would go. They ended up having to leave it out in the
lake where it froze in solid for the winter. Unfortunately,
it ended up being quite a dangerous obstacle for snowmobilers
at night, especially after it was covered with snow. The
moral of the story is that you don't want to push Mother
Nature too far in this country or you can be caught
with your pants down.
I just have to comment. Most of the time in my nice
little world at Nimpo Lake I can let most of the world's
woes wash like water off a duck's back. And I
try not to air my frustration at politics or any other
subject on this blog because this site is about being
happy, on vacation, enjoying the country and the great
people. But sometimes, the world stupidity just gets to
me, and what the heck, it is my blog. But first, this
is the start of a new week, so you will find last week's
article at November
Two items on the block tonite. An 18 year old kid has
been held as a terrorist by the Americans at the base
in Cuba for three years and was just today charged with
murder and attempted murder. Now he was 15 when he killed
a medic and badly wounded another American soldier including
taking his eye out. His father is a known Al Quaeda
operative and Osama bin Laden attended the wedding of
this kid's sister. I would say that he is not
only affiliated with terrorists, 15 or not, he is
The kid was injured after killing the one medic and wounding
the soldier. There are eye witnesses to the act. There
are also witnesses and photos showing that the remaining
medic worked very hard to save this kid while other soldiers
waited for help. So are we clear on everything here? Because
you aren't going to believe the rest of this.
His family immigrated to Canada. He and his family left
Canada to go fight on the side of the terrorists and join
the jihad against the wicked non-muslims (that's us).
When things got a little hot for them they moved to Pakistan.
Good place for them except things got a little hot for
them there, so they brandished their Canadian passports
and back to Canada they came. So now, the mother is screaming
at the Canadian Government for not doing anything about
her son being charged with murder.
Excuse me??? Did I hear wrong here?
This woman's son is a terrorist. Period.
And Canada is supposed to bail him out because he made
a conscious decision to kill non-muslims? That's
I am so sick and tired of the Canadian government being
filled with a bunch of bleeding heart panty waists and
it is no wonder the Americans accuse us of harboring terrorists.
I don't care if this woman and her entire family were
born in Canada, which they were not, their
passports should be taken and they should be thrown out
of the country bodily. And the bleeding hearts in Parliament
shouldn't even be giving this woman the right time of
day. How dare these people proactively set out to
murder non-muslims, to join in jihad who's sole purpose
is to expand sovereign Muslim power, and yet skedaddle
back to the very country who's entire social structure
goes against everything in the Muslim faith! This
hypocritic - sorry for the language folks but nothing
else is appropriate here - bitch should be thrown out
on her ear!!
Even the media, as far left as they are, seemed to be
outraged. They actually gave both sides of the story and
hunted down photos and those who could give an eyewitness
account of what this kid did and aired the information.
But some of the useless liberal wastes of skin
in Ottawa are still backing this woman. Unbelievable!
Ok, that rant is done even if I am still steamed. Here's
the next one.
I do not like the gun registry, and never have. I
have always been suspicious of any country that claims
to be registering guns in order to cut down on crime and
promises that honest gun owners will never have to worry
about losing their guns to confiscation.
Unfortunately, most of the city dwellers who don't hunt,
aren't collectors, and don't use guns for self protection
in the bush, swallowed that bull hockey and allowed the
ruling Canadian government of the day to push through
I hunt, I live in bear country, and I own rifles that
have been passed down through my family for generations,
but since I am a law abiding citizen I registered my guns.
However, it seems that now the city of Toronto is pushing
an initiative to confiscate guns from all gun owners
in the city citing that no one needs guns, not even collectors.
So if you registered your guns, they know you have them.
If you registered them, it stands to reason that you are
a law abiding citizen and are highly unlikely to ever
use your gun illegally. I guarantee you that the
unlawful citizens of the city of Toronto did not register
their guns. Therefore, no one knows they have
them, so how can they confiscate them? That now leaves
law abiding citizens defenseless in the face of the lawless.
More break ins, more assaults, more robberies because
the lawless know that no one is going to be shooting back.
Why? Because the guns have all been confiscated from the
Canadian government stupidity. Oh yeah, and broken
promises. So if this initiative spreads from the
city of Toronto to the rest of Canada, the trip that we
are taking next summer to see Alaska may also be a property
buying expedition. Because friends... no one is taking
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