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Wilderness Adventures - Oct., Week One/2011

This 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 the smog!
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06/10/2011 10:00 PM

The Vagaries of October Weather

We're 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 their taste.
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 Thanksgiving weekend!
Last week's blog can be found at
September Week Two.

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