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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 Two/2012
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all I have to say about our weather is Bleh....
I would really like to find some redeeming quality but
I'm not sure that I can. Oh, wait, the snow is a bright,
gleaming white! How's that?
We've been getting skiffs of snow for several days
now but fortunately it hasn't built up too much
yet. That isn't to say that everything isn't white after
snow yesterday. It is.
We only saw the sun for one day this past week. It's been
dull and dreary every single day until Thursday when it
actually turned out to be a really pretty day. Unfortunately,
wouldn't you know it, I was stuck in a workshop all day
for the tourism association so I missed out on it.
We had a deep freeze plunge a few days ago where
we went down to -12C or 10F one night but there
were reports of temperatures at Anahim Lake being much
colder at -18C or -1F and colder yet up on Morrison Meadow
road at -25C or -13F. That's cold for October, even here!
So I don't know if that means that winter is starting
early this year or not.
Yesterday it started to warm up and the thermometer has
been sticking around closer to the freezing mark, which
is probably why it snowed. It was a regular little
winter storm when I went up to the community hall last
night to help decorate for tonight's Halloween
party, but the moon had come out by the time I headed
home. This morning it's sitting just below freezing with
a heavy, low sky that just has that look. You know, THAT
look. The one that says there might be a real dump on
the way. Certainly that's what the weather guys are forecasting
so I guess we'll see. It certainly will not be pleasant
for those folks that have to drive home after being at
the Halloween party tonight if it does snow.
Our weather is nothing to what it looks like the
Eastern Seaboard of Canada and the US are in for.
Sandy looks like a nasty little witch and with all the
other factors coming into play like cold fronts, the jet
stream, highs and lows, the weather forecasters are all
predicting a perfect storm on the lines of the one in
1991. Except that this one isn't going to stay out at
sea. I don't know how these people can be so sure that
far ahead about their predictions but they talk about
weather models so they must have the data, and knowledge
of course, to predict such a dire storm. Although
I have definitely noticed a tendency to over-warn
on major weather events now ever since Katrina, but perhaps
this one really is going to be as bad as they say. If
that's the case, I do not envy anyone living along those
I've been walking on the back trail and with the fresh
snow you would think there would be all kinds of fresh
tracks. Not so. I don't think anything has moved down
out of the higher country yet and all I've seen are one
set of fox tracks. Oh, and the dogs have scared up numerous
grouse lately so there's lots of them. Otherwise,
that's about it for wildlife so far, other than some fresh
moose tracks that I saw a few weeks ago going right onto
the road, but I wasn't about to mention it at that time,
and hopefully the kind of person that would shoot such
an animal this close to residences has left the country
Our baby loons seem to have disappeared.
We've seen the sudden arrival of various ducks, grebes
and mergansers this past week, but we're no longer seeing
the loons since that cold night earlier this week. I don't
know if they've flown out now, or have moved to a different
part of the lake not so populated with the other birds.
We've seen this before, which worries me. The loons left
and then came back, (or admittedly may have been entirely
new ones on their way through from farther north) and
that year is when some were frozen in out past the island.
I'm hoping that with the snow and colder weather, the
loons will have been convinced to clear out and any passing
through will be able to keep on going long before freeze
up five weeks from now.
It's nice to see the new bird life on the lake right now
because it's been so quiet. But we always get an
influx of quackers this time of year and right up until
freeze up. This lake is probably a rest stop on
the way south and a good feeding place. I like it because
the lake still has life, even when it's steel grey and
cold looking. Once freeze up comes, that's it. We're done
for five months and the only life on the lake is the four
legged kind. Well..... and us non-furry types. At least
I have something exciting to look forward to this year.
Andy bought me a plow to go on the old truck and I'm pretty
pumped about it. He had to go down and pick it up in Kamloops
last weekend and it's a light plow, but it looks like
it will be perfect for the ice road and I am super excited.
Something to make winter fun. Yaaaay!!!
I think that I've mentioned before that working so long
outside this fall put me way behind working on the computer
so I may not be putting up many blogs in the near future
while I'm in the middle of my calendar season, but I do
want to put up a page on geocaching here fairly soon,
so look for that. In the meanwhile, there is a new
property at Anahim Lake on the Properties
for Sale page and it's a very cool
place owned by a friend of mine and the price is very
good. If you're in the market, take a look at it.
Good luck to those of you on the East coast when Sandy
comes through. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you!
is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
October Week One.
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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!