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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
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Happy Halloween Folks!
had to go help finish off at the Hall this afternoon so
we're ready to go for tonight.
I went for a walk after posting yesterday's blog, and
although it never did clear off, the fresh snow made it
a pleasure! You know, I don't profess to know what it's
like to be blind, but in my little world, going
from bare ground to snow is like going from blind to seeing
When walking with the dogs over bare ground, I know that
their noses can 'see' everything that's been over the
trail. Tracks for them is probably like seeing everything
through infra red or some such thing. I know that something's
been there from watching the dogs, and that something
has brushed a branch from they way they sniff it, or where
an animal has marked, they mark. But I can only guess
what it might have been by watching them. But when
there's fresh snow on the ground, a whole new world opens
up and I can see what they 'see'!
It didn't stop snowing until late Wednesday afternoon
and yesterday morning we got a little skiff of less than
half an inch. There were fresh coyote tracks, fox tracks,
numerous squirrel and what I at first thought was lynx.
When I ran across the track it seemed awfully big but
it was a fuzzy impression and since they had been made
after Wednesday's snow but before Thursday morning's,
the skiff of snow prevented me from identifying them.
I continued to mosey down the trail to the gun range enjoying
seeing what the dogs were scenting for a change and then
came back up the road to the junction, where I popped
back onto a trail for home. Along with the fox, coyote,
and squirrel tracks, I crossed the strange tracks meandering
back and forth across the trail a couple of more times.
Something just didn't look right for them to be
lynx. They were just too big, not shaped quite
right, and even if the first set I saw melted out making
them look bigger, it was highly unlikely that over a period
of time that all the tracks would have melted out and
still looked identical. Finally, I crossed a set where
the shadows showed me the distinct imprint of claws coming
out from the toes in the older snow.
I brushed away the skiff of snow and found the hard
packed imprint of bear tracks underneath, and realized
that a good sized bear had made them.
Today when I went for my walk I watched for where I knew
they had crossed yesterday in a protected spot, and sure
enough, the skiff had melted out showing the perfect imprint
of the track in the snow underneath. But none of the original
snow had melted out yet so the size wasn't distorted and
I was able to measure them. He's big! While
I admit I don't have the long fingers of a pianist, my
hand turned sideways fit down into the track of his front
paw perfectly. So the length of my hand is the same as
the width of his paw. His back paw was between three and
four inches longer than my boot.
I could see where his claws leaving his toes imprinted
the snow, but there was no way of telling how far they
extended. The skiff would have filled in the claw points.
So I can't tell whether it was a grizzly or black
bear. Those tracks in the sand near our place
a couple of years ago were of a black bear and they were
pretty good sized, so it's most likely a local black.
I didn't see any fresh bear tracks today and I was just
as happy. I don't really care to run into one that's trying
to fatten up as much as possible before hibernation.
I suppose it's possible that if, as I suspected a while
back, that there's a carcass somewhere across our main
road, then the smell of that may have drawn the
bear in. I did kind of wonder yesterday at something
before I realized the tracks were those of a bear. When
I got down to the gun range near a meadow yesterday the
dogs looked extremely uncomfortable and though you couldn't
pin point the reason, they, River especially, just looked
like they didn't want to be there. Just across and up
the road from there is where I've seen ravens and Whiskey
Jacks making a ruckus every day.
Today the dogs didn't act up at all near the meadow, but
as I walked up the road a ways, Cat kept stopping on the
road facing the bush and would just stand there looking.
She kept it up for several hundred yards. She's
got a lot better nose than the other two so she might
have caught wind of carrion too. But the way her
head and tail went down and a bit of raised hair on her
back, I don't think so.
In any case, I think I'll just keep carrying my bear spray
for a while longer until the buggers go into hibernation.
Today turned out to be a really nice day. Andy said you
couldn't see the island this morning for the fog, and
it did take quite a while to burn off, but by early this
afternoon the sun was shining, and while some cloud and
a little breeze kept it cool, it still got up to 7.4C
or over 45F today. I'm really hoping we'll score a nice
evening for the fireworks.
Have a safe Halloween everyone!
I guess you can only dodge the bullet for so long. We
had fantastic weather on Tuesday. It was really windy
but it got up over 14C. That's almost 60 degrees!
We knew it wasn't going to last of course. It started
snowing yesterday morning and dumped over four inches
of Vancouver snow on us. That's the wet, heavy stuff
that turns to ice underneath when packed down.
Andy was helping the neighbour put a new roof on his cabin
because the windstorm blew his shingles off. It was slow
going because they had to remove all of the old shingles
before installing new tin and they only got one side done.
It was a fairly clear day and really clear night so they
didn't tarp the other side. As a result, Andy had to hotfoot
it over in the morning, clear the falling snow off and
get a tarp on it. The owner lit a fire inside to dry out
the boards so that today, after it finished snowing, they
could get the roof finished.
It's just above freezing now so this snow might melt.
I wouldn't want to bet my bottom dollar on it though.
We often get snow around Halloween that stays,
but we'll see. Sure makes for some sloppy driving
and it's going to make for some very wet walking if I
get out on the back trail today. I was in a meeting all
yesterday so I skipped it, but I expect the trail will
be a mess until this snow freezes and turns crunchy.
It's pretty sullen looking out there right now so I don't
know if we're supposed to get more snow or not. I hope
not. We're decorating the community hall tonight and having
our Halloween fireworks and dance tomorrow night and bad
weather tends to keep folks at home.
It's getting quieter and quieter around here. There
are a lot fewer chain saws buzzing around the lake and
a lot of people have gotten most of their clean up done
after that windstorm. There are a few summer residents
that haven't made it back up to work around their properties,
and may not until next year now. And there's really no
hurry once the damage is done except in those cases where
a roof has been punctured.
Now that things have slowed down a bit and the pressure's
off, we still have to go over and check my Mom's partner's
place. A big tree fell on it but it looks like it just
crushed the eave. At least that's what I'm hoping. We'll
have to take a ladder over and see if it needs to be tarped
One of our neighbours that returned home a couple of days
ago decided he couldn't take seeing his absent neighbour's
damage to his truck and potential for disaster on his
canvas garage. So he removed the guy's boat and
fourwheeler from his garage that the tree had been leaning
on just in case the cable holding it back snapped. I'm
assuming that means the snowmobile that kept it from going
over completely is no longer in the air. He also removed
the tree off the fellow's hood and said the limb that
punctured it didn't do too much damage to the motor.
It's funny, but most of us that live here take it for
granted but really, I think we're all lucky to have the
neighbours that we do. I'm not sure that neighbours would
be so helpful and free with their time everywhere else
as they are here.
Late Fall Surprise
had an absolutely glorious day, today! I'm not
quite sure what we did to deserve it, but it certainly
was a nice weather surprise. We didn't have completely
clear skies, because there was a high haze around lunch
time and a couple of big clouds came sailing through in
the afternoon, but it was warm. And I mean warm!
It got up over 12C or 54 degrees Fahrenheit today, and
was quite a change from the past few days where we've
barely made it above freezing. We actually sat out in
the sun just before supper this evening enjoying the 'warm'
I was stuck inside until early this afternoon with a tricky
little computer job and so missed some of the great day.
I wish I had known it was that warm because I would have
dodged the inside work for the day. I got a real
surprise when I went outside after dressing for my walk
with the dogs. Normally I step outside into a
chill wind and return indoors to don more clothes, ear
muffs and gloves. This time I shed the heavy jacket in
favor of a much lighter one that I never wore anyway.
It's a real joy to me to walk in the back woods when there's
no wind and it's downright balmy outside. It was a little
slippery today because the surface of the ground had thawed
out instead of being frozen as it has the last few days.
I actually rushed my walk today in the hopes of
getting back in time to go fishing, but my fishing
partner was intent on working on the greenhouse, so I
ended up painting instead.
I think that there may be a carcass across the main
road from where I come out of the woods down at the gun
range. For the last two days ravens and a whole
bunch of Whiskey Jacks have been making a real ruckus
in the bush over there. I don't dare check it out with
the dogs with me. If there is a carcass
I won't be able to keep the pup from running over there
every day for the next month. She's still
trying to scrounge up something more than scent where
that gut pile was dumped.
I was right about the inversion layer I mentioned
yesterday. The weatherman on the news this morning
indicated it was seven degrees warmer at the top of the
mountains than in the valley. Most of the snow that had
accumulated on our mountain ranges since the last inversion
is gone now. Seems weird to see this time of year. By
the end of October in most years the mountains have their
permanent winter cap on and that will stay until spring
unless we get a Chinook. I hope this isn't going
to become a regular occurrence this winter or we'll have
some very unhappy snowmobile fanatics on our hands!
If the satellite pic on TV can be trusted, it looks like
we're in for one more nice day with warm temperatures.
Then a big low pressure system that's been slamming the
north coast of BC is going to slide southward. Andy is
going to help a neighbour replace his wind torn shingles
on his roof with tin tomorrow, but I'm still hoping we
can sneak in a little time fishing. I expect this will
be the last time we see it above 50 degrees for the next
six months and I would like to take advantage of it.
I'm going to repost the Picture of the Day from Friday.
Our neighbour was told about wind damage around his summer
place. He was going to take a look it at on the blog here.
A Change of Scenery
like a windstorm to change things up a bit. I
was looking out the window while having supper tonight
and realized that our big island looks distinctly different
than it did a week ago. I probably didn't realize it before
because when the sun is shining everything is lost but
tonight, the tree line was highlighted against fading
light and the white of the mountains behind. Just as the
Mountain Beetle kill has brought more mountains into our
view, this week's windstorm has changed our viewscape
over the lake. Actually, I like it. More character
in the island's sky line. I've posted two different images
on Picture of the Day.
I'm also reasonably sure that we can see a little more
of Monarch Mountain than we could before. And Andy and
I were discussing how many years it will be before we
can see all of Kappan Mountain after the beetle kill has
fallen. I know that we can already see more of it than
we could before.
Today was a mixed bag weather wise. It started out sunny
and cold with a high haze. We ended up with a lot more
cloud than not by afternoon, still with that backdrop
of a 'golden' haze that you get this time of year. I
think it comes from the sun being so much lower in the
sky during the day than it is in summer, and it's
definitely lost a lot of its heat now. We maxed out at
3C or 37F today and I think even that was
wishful thinking on the thermometer's part. It sure felt
colder! And I'm not the only wuss! Andy's spent this evening
cuddling up to the wood stove far more than me but I think
he got a chill much like I did. We still haven't learned
how to dress for winter yet.
We must have one heck of an inversion layer again. We
had a fresh, white mantle of snow on the Coast Range and
Itcha Illgatchuz yesterday. This morning I noticed it
was looking a little patchy and by afternoon it was very
apparent that quite a bit of the snow had melted on the
peaks. Hard to believe in view of our cool temperatures
down at this elevation.
The following text regarding an RCMP officer of the Anahim
Lake Detachment has been removed and an apology issued
to the Member directly as per the CO's request. The apology
was well deserved.
The Quiet After The Storm
yesterday there was a veritable orchestra of chain saws
around the lake, today it's much quieter. Quite
a few people were still doing chainsaw work to clean up
the mess from Wednesday's wind storm but it didn't sound
quite so much like a pack of angry bees.
Andy got a lot of our downed trees cleaned up this morning
including Mr. Winch, which went over onto the wood shed
anyway but didn't do any damage. There's still another
tree that will have to come out and there are two over
the bank at the back but I figure they can stay there
for awhile, or at least until this winter when it will
be easier to take the wood out onto the ice rather than
carry it back up the bank.
Things are almost back to normal for us but many people
around the lake, including our neighbours, have lots of
work to do yet. Andy had to put a winch on a tree on the
neighbour's canvas garage and chain it back to another.
It moved in the wind today and was caving the garage
in even farther. The snow machine that's sitting
on its roots and kept it from going over before is now
balancing on the roots in air. Since there's a boat in
the little canvas garage, we're trying to keep it from
being crushed until the owner can get it out of there.
I took pictures of the neighbour's place next to that
today. I hadn't taken a real close look at it before but
his property definitely looks like a bomb went off.
He had mostly mature timber on his property and the beetles
got nearly all of it. Now the wind has taken care of the
rest and he's got quite a mess there.
We got some pretty good wind today but nothing like the
other day, thankfully. It got up over 9C or 48F this afternoon
and though the wind was cool, it wasn't too bad outside.
It looks like we just might get some clear weather for
the next three days but the temperature is going to drop
drastically. Our wind has already switched from out of
the south to out of the west. I expect it to be
out of the north by tomorrow or Sunday and it will be
bringing us some arctic air.
I'm putting one of Michael's promised stories in to lighten
things up a bit. Remember how I was trying to describe
how wonderful our autumn colors were this Fall? Well Mike
does a much better job of describing it!
- "The Colours of the Chilcotin.
Each year during my fall time in the Chilcotin I am amazed
at the ever increasing array or fall colours.
This year I said to myself, "Before I leave I am
going to go to my camera store and purchase a new digital
camera." My last real camera purchase was in 1974.
It was a Nikon with all the lenses one could want, now
in the possession of some thief in Brazil. So I said to
the camera clerk, "Listen to me carefully; 1: I am 62
and not computer savvy, 2: have a hard time with instructions,
3: want something simple to operate, 4: able to download
the photos to my new Vistas lap top." P.S. The MAC
commercials are right on.
So he tells me, "Here is a Panasonic Lumix. Great
Upon arrival at Nimpo and after settling in, I open the
box. Well there is a reason, people, that I have no pictures
to share. The instruction booklet, larger than the Nimpo
phone book, just about broke my foot when it slipped from
my grasp. This camera is to be purchased by NASA scientists
or members of the Mensa club only! Lucky for this sales
clerk that he was not with me, somewhere alone with me,
maybe 70 kilometers up the Holtrey!
So I will describe to you as best I can the colours I
saw this fall. Now there are many different areas as one
leaves the top of the Sheep Creek Hill heading west to
Nimpo. However there is a small cluster of trees near
Chilanko Lodge? Not sure if that is the correct name.
This cluster of trees are so positioned to take the most
immediate advantage of the sun. Their location is especially
spectacular when the last light of the day, (known to
some of us who took photography lessons in the 60's as
acid light). If you are in the Chilcotin and have an opportunity
to sit looking NE with the sun at your back, about September
18, around 6 pm you will see the sun's rays reflect off
these white trunked trees and the yellow leaves will turn
an almost yellow gold colour. This only lasts about 10
Adjacent to these trees alongside the road are small red
leafed bushes. The blackness of the road, the red of the
lower bushes and the yellow of the leaves, the whiteness
of the trunks and the blueness of the sky, was one wonderful
part of the Chilcotin. And I just stumbled upon it.
There is another location, a meadow about 3 kilometers
in length. To access it where I did, one turns right about
1/2 kilometer up the first road past the cattle guard
eastwards from Towdystan. I think this road is referred
to as a forest service road, because it clearly leads
into several areas where logging took place 5 to 15 years
ago. This meadow and surrounding forest is intact. Well
if you are at the west end looking east in mid September,
the setting sun sends this "acid light" down the length
of the meadow, and it accents and highlights every tree
and their unique colours. This meadow, perhaps because
of the damp August weather, was lush with the most green
Now the morning of the confrontation with the wolves and
cow moose, the sun was almost directly overhead and a
touch behind us. So our vision and our view onto the lake
surface was the best it could be. The forest around this
lake still has many unaffected green pines, many spruce
and a good collection of deciduous trees.
Despite all the issues with wolves in the area, the white
colouring of this wolf, which to my eyes had real tints
of silver to him/her, made this animal really stand out
against the green of the forest, the grey of the rocky
shoreline, and the blueness of the water. None of these
animals were in poor health. All of their coats were shiny,
and their bodies in excellent shape. But this animal really
stood out amongst the others and the surrounding background
as its fur reflected the sunlight.
There is a new red in the forest as a result of the Pine
Beetle And as bad as this is, for the people and animals
that depend upon the forest for its diversity, there are
some dramatic locations where the different stages of
these dying and dead trees is so easily seen and comparable.
While walking near the top of Lillie Lake Ranch, about
3 kilometers prior to the upper Holtry Rd. there is an
untouched forest. There is an old, very old, wagon trail
winding up through this forest. About one kilometer in
are some large spruce trees, with long vivid green branches,
drooping to the ground, and mixed with them are about
two dozen large pines all in different stages of dying.
The red of the trees, the grey of the ones clearly dead
and the green of the Spruce combined with a full growth
of moss and lichens on the ground, make this small section
of the trail very picturesque. As the sun passed behind
me while I was resting and listening for moose, the setting
sun almost turned this place into a haunted forest. I
really expected to see the Headless Horseman riding down
There is a place which I heard was referred to as the
rock pile. When I saw this location I was in awe of the
small example of Mother Nature's power. Mother Nature
has forced up from deep underneath the surface of the
earth about 20 acres of pure grey boulders. The immense
pressure exerted upon this area was impressive. The colours
of the grey against the yellow of the meadow was stark."
for the story, Michael! I'm willing to bet a lot of those
trees you admired in September are now on the ground.
But hey! That's how Mother Nature makes soil and we can
always use topsoil in this country!
Wicked, Wicked Wind
for not writing folks, but our power was out for about
24 hours. The wind blew pretty good throughout
Tuesday night, but it really picked up yesterday morning.
The weather forecasters had wind warnings out for the
central coast and north coast coastal areas, but hadn't
said anything about the interior.
We woke up to some wicked whitecaps in our bay, unusual
for us because the island normally protects us from what
the Main Arm often sees. Our temperature was rising like
crazy and was already at 10.7C or 51F by 11:00 in the
I had been praying all morning that the electricity would
hold out until I finished a big laminating job. After
that, I didn't care if we lost power. It was a good thing
too because I only had about 15 minutes after finishing
up when the power went out. And the wind wasn't even all
that bad yet.
At about 11:30 I looked up and saw a water spout
out on the lake. "Holy...." I thought.
You just don't see that here! I grabbed my camera and
ran toward the front of the house with the intention of
taking a picture, and immediately started back pedaling.
The same wind creating that water tornado had just hit
the front windows and it was something!
Once that series of gusts subsided I ran to the windows
and dropped the blinds on all but one of them figuring
that if they decided to blow inward, at least the blinds
would slow down some of the glass. I ran around the house
and closed all the doors and windows and even blocked
the cat door to keep the pressure up inside the house
because I honestly didn't know what was coming. At
that point in time our wind gauge was showing sustained
gusts of 40mph. About 20mph higher than anything
we ever get here.
It was before lunch and I was just putting supper on to
simmer for the day (I love gas stoves. You don't need
electricity. Just a match or a striker.) when through
the blinds I saw the barbecue on the front deck go skidding
across only to come jerking to a stop at the end
of the gas hose because we are tied in directly to the
house propane. That's the only thing that stopped
it from going through the railing. I got outside,
got it back into position, set the brakes, put a heavy
block of wood against it to keep it from wandering again,
all the while trying to keep my balance against the wind
and hoping that there wasn't a propane leak at the connection
Back inside I went and dropped the last blind, deciding
if the barbecue decided to come through the window, at
least the heavy blind might help matters. Then I decided
I had better take a look around outside to see what was
happening out there. I decided if I went out the back,
I could open the door and at least I might be out of the
wind. I was just in time to untie the pup who was
tangled up in a tree that looked like it might go down,
rescue our empty garbage cans that were headed for the
lake, and ran around trying to pick up anything loose
that looked like it was going to go swimming, all the
while trying to stay as far away from the trees in the
yard as possible. After that, things just kind of deteriorated.
I already knew we were going to lose some trees
because I could see the roots of one in the air from the
house, and another wasn't recovering from a bad
lean whenever the wind did let up. Within
an hour the leaner was down, the flashing on the trailer
shed was flapping in the wind, a cable holding an antenna
up on the cabin was thrashing around, more trees looked
ready to go and our shoreline looked like the ocean. I
had never seen such big rollers actually come into our
shore and then splash up so high to fall back onto our
We have a canvas garage that has the PVC framework which
was bolted to two 2X6's and that framework is attached
to the ground with long rebar 'bolt's. Except that they
must have been working loose because I was seeing a lot
of daylight between the framework and the ground. The
wind tore out the front of it and in moments the back
of it. I parked my truck sideways in front of it hoping
it would back off some of the wind pressure but it didn't
help much. I had planned on anchoring the garage to my
truck but after feeling how my truck was rocking
in the wind, I decided that might be a really dumb idea.
You know the one where people shake their heads at a vehicle
on its side going, "What was she thinking???"
I suppose it would have been like tying
a big balloon to the truck. I figured for sure the whole
garage thing was going to go so I tied it to a tree and
a building, not so much to keep it from going over or
collapsing, but to keep it from going into the lake when
it did collapse.
I retreated back into the house because I had work to
do and I needed the dining room table to do it on. Every
time another series of gusts blasted the front of the
house I backed off away from the big front windows. Finally,
I got the work to the point that I could move it into
the kitchen but at one point I stood near the table with
my hand on the back of a chair, and it was vibrating.
The whole house was vibrating. I've never seen
anything like it. I swear I could hear every nail
and screw in the roof and walls moving in place. You know
how tornado victims talk about how one coming in sounds
like a freight train? Well, this was nowhere near a tornado
but it definitely sounded like a freight train. I wasn't
liking any of it at all and you can damn betcha
I won't be moving to Oklahoma or Tornado Alley anytime
In the meantime, our neighbour stopped over looking for
help because his dock had been thrown up so high from
the waves that the barrels had popped out from beneath
it and it no longer had the floatation to keep it, or
the boat that was tied to it, afloat for long. It was
headed for our bay and our neighbour was hoping to save
it and the boat. I (the nonswimmer) took one look at the
pounding waves, wild wind, and numerous things that needed
to be looked after in my own yard and decided he was on
his own and told him to make sure he wore his life jacket!
Andy had a job he was doing over at the resort across
the lake and so wasn't available to help our neighbour.
But when he did arrive home, I was never so glad to see
someone walk in the door earlier than expected. He was
working on the Bobcat wearing ear muffs and at first
didn't realize just how bad the wind was getting until
trees started falling down all around him and the people
he was working with. He could look over to our
property here and see how severely the trees were bent
over in the wind and decided he'd better hightail it home
and check on things. Except that he and Richard had to
cut their way out of the driveway back up onto the highway.
It was littered with downed trees. He came home long enough
to deal with some of the things I couldn't do, like the
flashing on the roof, grabbed some quilts for the store
freezers, and then headed back up to Nimpo.
He and Richard checked out some properties to see the
extent of the damage, and it was pretty bad in some places,
with the power lines snapped or with trees hanging
on the lines in several places, including along the main
line on the highway. Many of the resorts sustained
damage to their cabins when trees came down and a lot
of driveways were choked with uprooted trees. However,
one great young fellow who was out from Williams Lake
for the week to help his employer, drove around with a
chainsaw intent on clearing every driveway that was blocked.
Andy checked on our neighbours' places and some didn't
fare so well. One neighbour's yard looks like a
bomb blast went off. He had a lot of large beetle
killed trees on his property and a lot of it blew down
near the lake where his house is. There was some damage
there but not too bad. The next neighbour over did great
with his house. Not so great with his vehicle. A
big pine broke off above where he parks his truck and
a massive branch attached to the trunk of the tree punched
a hole into the hood of his truck. It's hard to
say how far into the engine compartment the branch penetrated
but it's definitely an insurance job. He also has a tree
on his toy house (canvas garage) and the only thing holding
the tree from going right through it is the snowmobile
parked on the roots. That's gonna be a tricky one....
His next neighbour over has horse shoes because
a huge pine came down alongside the house and just brushed
the brand new roof doing no damage at all. Like
us, both lost trees on their lots, some snapped off and
some uprooted, with one on the power line. Everyone had
trees down but on our road from the highway, there were
only two on the line. But at the T on our road going down
the Main Arm of Nimpo Lake, it was much, much worse. There
had to have been 20 to 30 trees down on the main line
alone in a distance of probably less than 2 miles, much
less what was down on lines going into people's properties.
You could see that a lot of driveways were inaccessible
and a couple of properties looked a lot like it
did around Mt. St. Helen's after she flattened the surrounding
countryside. The winds must have been just wild
out along the Main Arm.
Surprisingly, almost all the trees that went down were
live, green trees, not beetle kill. Even on our property
we lost two trees that broke off, and five that were uprooted.
All were green trees. The one tree that uprooted but didn't
fall over was being held up by a tree that has actually
been attacked by beetles and is dying. It will have to
go now too because the green tree pushed it over so far,
but otherwise, it was more stable than the live trees.
We have three beetle kill at the back, but they didn't
budge while two big green trees went over next to them.
After cleaning up some of the mess today left by yesterday's
storm including broken branches and the
barbecue (Yes, the wind got hold of it again and because
the brake was on, decided to pick it up and throw it across
the deck instead, leaving grates, grills, lava rock and
utensils scattered all over the deck.) I decided to venture
out on the back trail. I fully expected to be stepping
over numerous trees but actually there were only
three down that will have to be cut out. On either side
of the trail there were quite a few trees down but again,
they were mostly green. Some old snags went over and a
few beetle killed trees, but not nearly as many as live
trees were uprooted or snapped off.
We got our power back almost exactly 24 hours after we
first lost it yesterday but we're pretty lucky. I think
it will be tonight before everyone in the community has
For the first time ever, I have to give full kudos
to BC Hydro. Anahim didn't get hit hard at all
and they had power back within a half hour yesterday so
BC Hydro could concentrate on the Nimpo area. They
were out working until 10:00 last night getting trees
off of the main line on highway 20 and restored
power to the businesses in Nimpo proper. At least to the
ones that didn't have their private lines taken out. By
today BC Hydro had added crews from Williams Lake to the
regular Bella Coola crew and they were going great guns
in an effort to clear the lines and splice them back together
I'm not sure why Nimpo Lake got hit so hard with that
wind yesterday and Anahim didn't, unless the lake had
some influence. All I know is I was never so glad
to see a storm moving in from over the mountains because
I figured it would settle the wind and it did
bringing a little rain and a few snowflakes. By supper
time it had calmed quite a bit and by 9:00 last night
the stars were shining and it was dead quiet.
Today dawned a clear, sunny, and calm day. It was absolutely
beautiful, although cooler than yesterday. Unfortunately,
they're calling for more wind tomorrow for all of BC.
The satellite picture doesn't look good for us.
In fact it looks identical to what was on it on Tuesday's
evening news. I'm not looking forward to another storm.
We still haven't cleaned up the trees from the last one
and we have one pine winched back upright and tied off
precariously to another tree until we have time to drop
it in the direction we want it to go. Preferably
not on a building. So if you don't hear from me
for a day or two, you can probably assume we've lost our
I've started a new week so you can find last week's great
stories about a hunting trip to Nimpo at October
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remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
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Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
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