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 - Oct., Week One/2011
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The Vagaries of October Weather
getting our usual unstable fall weather, though it's not
too far out in left field, which is nice.
We had another day of snow after our lovely snowfall
in September, but at least it didn't stick to the ground.
Other than that, we haven't really seen any more moisture
other than heavy dew or frost on the ground in the mornings.
It has been freezing most mornings but thankfully, this
time of year, we're protected by the surrounding water
from the hard frosts everyone sees away from the lake.
I've still got carrots and beets hanging in there under
plastic and the tomatoes are still doing their thing in
the greenhouse but the lack of sun is definitely affecting
We've had a mixed bag for weather. Most mornings
start out absolutely beautiful, if cold, but the weather
usually deteriorates into wind or overcast by afternoon.
Wind this time of year is the norm but not usually so
much cloud. Climate change I guess.....
Today was a good example of such a day. We decided to
go fishing but with one thing or another, we didn't get
out until nearly noon and I managed to talk our neighbour
into going with us. The day was spectacular with flat
calm water and wonderful sun to take the chill off the
air. I didn't look at my watch but high cloud started
moving in within the first hour, yet it was still reasonably
warm. Then more cloud moved in and well into the second
hour of being out there on the lake, it was starting to
feel decidedly chilly! After three hours of fishing,
with me and Marilyn nearly limiting out, Andy told us
it was time to go in because he was bloody cold.
He didn't have a coat and he was the one dealing most
with cold water netting our fish and cleaning his hands
in the water after getting the slimy buggers off the lines
and out of the net. Marilyn and I could have kept on going
but it was just as well we didn't. I think we were all
stiff with cold by the time we fell out of the boat.
So, yeah, that's been pretty much how every day has been
going. Lots of promise in the morning but it's usually
cold or miserable enough by afternoon that you really
don't want to be outside for that long if you don't have
to be. Even so, our temperatures have been half
decent during most days. It got up to around 10C
today or 50F but there's always that chilly breeze that
never shows up on the thermometer.
Surprisingly, we've got good fall colors again this year.
The leaves were still too green and too attached to rip
off in that high wind we had two weeks ago so they got
a chance to turn and it's really pretty out there. It
won't last much longer though. One good wind or snowfall
will take them off and that will be that but it's nice
to enjoy them for right now.
We got lots of snow on the mountains after that
snow nearly two weeks ago, but surprisingly, some
of it has melted off. It's really noticeable on the Itchas
and Ilgatchuz Range behind us, which were blindingly white
two Saturdays ago.
The weathermen have really been out of line this past
while so I have no idea what the weather is supposed to
be like for the next few days. Nice would be nice, but
who knows? At least that snow got us moving and we've
got everything pretty much dug up, picked up, rolled up,
and stored or put away. I even gave the lawn its final
mowing for the season just a couple of days ago. I wasn't
sure it was going to happen with the weather but I actually
caught a break with a little sun and lots of wind one
afternoon. Hopefully that will keep down the mouse
population under the snow this winter. Which reminds
me, I still need to cut down some perennials to keep the
mice from taking up residence in them this fall. I normally
leave them standing until spring to trap the snow and
keep them from freezing out, but it appears the jungle
makes for way too attractive digs for the little buggers
so we'll see if this works.
Everyone else seems to be packing up and heading
out for the winter, especially some of the operators.
Vagabond has already shut down and Stewart's will be closed
up in the next week or so. Though I only see one set of
docks over in the back bay so far and Tweedsmuir's planes
are still doing a lot of flying. Probably hunters and
clearing out the outpost cabins.
Our neighbours are also thinning out. Three sets left
in the past week or so and another will leave on Monday,
although another set of neighbours will be coming in this
weekend so it won't be completely barren around here.
Not like the dead of winter when the days are the
shortest and you look out over the lake with wind
blowing tendrils of snow across the ice and if you've
got a sun, it's really low in the sky and usually dimmed
by ice crystals. Then it looks like the arctic and you
can't blame anyone for not wanting to be around. :-)
There may be a delay in when this blog gets uploaded.
The satellite from which we draw our Internet is down
and has been all day. Xplornet left a message on our phone
saying it was supposed to be back up by midnight eastern
time but it still isn't. Andy posed an interesting question.
What happens if Hugh's Network has a serious problem with
a satellite and how do you fix it once it's launched and
in orbit? Remotely, I'm guessing but I had to laugh when
Andy said.... So how do you change a part that just
died on a satellite? I don't know. Good question.
Hopefully it's one that Xplornet has an answer to.
For those of you in Canada that are going to see
family or putting on your own Thanksgiving dinner, Happy
Last week's blog can be found at September
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!