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 - Sept. Week 1/2006
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Pretty Much The Same
a lot has changed since yesterday other than it was a
weird day for light. We had some high hazy cloud today
and when you paired that with a little forest fire smoke
from the south, we had a strange white day. Even
Nimpo Lake kind of reflected back white most of the afternoon.
Couldn't be that much smoke in the air though. This evening
on our way back from a walk you could see the Coast Mountain
Range right down to the snow covered peaks to the south
as clear as a bell.
The fire in southern British Columbia, also known as the
Tatoosh fire, is still out of control and continues
to spread. Residents in the area are on evacuation
alert of course. Fire officials are desperate to get on
top of this fire because high winds are forecast for Saturday
with a cool low coming in off the coast, and I think they
know they've had it if they can't bring this thing under
control by then.
There's another fire that has crossed the border near
Osoyoos from Washington State called the Tripod fire and
it looks like it could blow up to be a doozy as well.
I'm beginning to get a little suspicious with all these
American fires. Are they fanning the flames to point
their fires north so they don't have to spend so much
of their own budget on fire fighting? Lol. Pretty
smart when you think about it. Maybe we should be doing
So far, we're still hanging in at very lucky with only
a small fire at Bull Canyon near Alexis Creek today. I
haven't heard of anything else of any note. So far,
most of British Columbia seems to have been spared the
'careless campers' of past summers and it's a
Three beautiful little planes came in last night and stayed
at The Dean from the look of it. They all seemed to have
American Registry numbers so perhaps they were on their
way to or from Alaska. They taxied down Nimpo Lake to
Wilderness Rim this morning, probably for fuel, and then
took off. Then they circled back to the bay across the
lake and I thought there was something wrong with
one of the planes. But nope, they all landed over
at Pine Point so the new/old owner, Rollie, must have
recognized one of them and called them in on the radio.
It will be nice for a lot of the old fly boys that used
to frequent the lake to have Rollie back in the country.
Rollie used to own the Resort for years operating it as
a fishing lodge and floatplane charter and has now taken
it over again. It's pretty run down but he and Tammy will
have it up and in good shape in no time.
Just to remind anyone interested in property on
Nimpo Lake, there's a beautiful 12 acre piece
over on that side of the lake with a big house, nice cabin,
five building lots and a nice protected bay for floatplanes.
And the new neighbour is a considerable improvement over
We keep waiting for the hammer to drop on our summer/fall
here. It's plenty hot enough to still qualify
as summer but the leaves are just starting
to turn near the lake on the bushes, wild roses and gooseberry
bushes. It's neat because we've made it right to the end
of the first week of September, and it's still summer.
Normally we would have a distinct fall feel to the air
by now and then it might warm up again for a couple of
weeks later in the month. Especially with a full moon.
It almost always gets really cold at night then but not
this time. It can sure stay like this as long as
it wants! It's so nice to be able to sit out on
the deck for a few minutes with the temperature just right,
listen to the birds, watch fish plopping out of the water
all over a flat, calm lake, and just take in the evening.
Hump Day In The Chilcotin
the long weekend just past, this week is really going
fast. Hey, I'm a poet...well, maybe not.
Our skies are not yet back to normal. There's still a
little haze in the air but nothing like it was and the
day is another beautiful, glorious day. Just like
the old days and nothing like last year where we saw nothing
but rain and bugs for most of the summer and into the
fall. Very unusual for this country where August and September
are usually the nicest for us and the weather very dependable.
The huge forest fire that crossed the border from Washington
State into southern British Columbia is still raging right
along. The smoke was so thick that they actually
had a 250 hectare 'spot' fire ahead of the main fire
and on the wrong side of the fire guard that they didn't
even know about until the wind shifted. Helicopters were
not able to bucket the fire and smoke even made it dangerous
for ground crews. The smoke from this fire has been of
concern to the entire province because it's so difficult
to spot a new forest fire in the haze that has blanketed
the southern half of the province. Forest fire officials
asked that everyone everywhere be very vigilant and report
any new suspected smoke immediately because the lookouts
in fire towers across the province were having difficulty
seeing new smoke.
I don't think our haze of the past few days was so bad
that the lookouts couldn't see but I don't know that for
sure. You've got a pretty good view of the plateau from
our local fire lookout but that first tell-tale puff of
smoke might be tough to see under the circumstances so
fire crews might not get on it is as quickly as normal.
The fire to the south is very close to Manning Park which
apparently is as full of pine beetle killed trees as our
area. If the fire gets into that they'll have
a heck of a time getting control of it. Last night the
Incident Officer said they were just happy that a breeze
out of the north had shifted some of the smoke so they
could see what they were doing. The wind must have died
down though or is back out of the south because our skies
cleared last night but I just took a look outside and
I see the haze is building again.
I ran across my bear's tracks on a walk again. Actually,
he's not my bear and I really don't want anything to do
with him. But I did find where he's coming out
on the same trail as we do and crossing the road onto
the neighbour's land. Those folks are only around part
of the time in the summer and there's a good chunk of
bush there so it probably makes for a good place for the
bear to access water. I had been wondering where he was
crossing. I like to know where I'm most likely to run
into him. Apparently, that's all along my trail.
The loons are still gathering on Nimpo Lake, so
they must be liking this weather too. At least
they haven't left yet. I always miss them when they do.
There sure doesn't seem to be any babies this year. One
of the neighbours said she saw two pair attack each other
and their babies in their bay. The next day, there were
no babies left. Since loon pairs seem to like a lot of
real estate to themselves, one pair must have moved in
on another and everyone loses. The bald eagles are
no help either. I know that shortly after we got
home from Alaska I could hear loons up the lake set up
a ruckus with a bald eagle dive bombing them. Another
eagle went whipping past our point on his way to help
out his buddy at the buffet. I don't know what the end
result was and don't want to know. I guess that's what
they call the circle of life...
Okay, it's a beautiful day and I want to get some work
done on this computer so I can sneak outside for awhile.
See you tomorrow!
Smoke And Fog
if it's not one it's another. There's been a pervasive
smoky haze on the southern horizon for the last couple
of days but yesterday was the worst. The mountains
were just a formless blue behind the white haze of smoke
that got thicker the farther south you looked.
We're getting a lot of smoke from the Washington State
fires that are probably following the Coast Mountain Range
up. It's negligible for us but it must be just bloody
awful for people to the south where the smoke is so thick
all they showed on the news was a burnt orange ball that
was supposed to be the sun. I've posted the four pictures
on the right with the near to bottom image taken three
days ago. By yesterday the Coast Mountain Range to the
south was almost completely obscured by forest fire smoke.
We've had very little wind, which I prefer. But our air
isn't as pristine as usual as a result. The very bottom
image is what our air and Nimpo Lake is supposed
to look like.
This morning I woke up to fog like pea soup. It's that
time of year but it was still a surprise. We've had gloriously
clear mornings day after day. It must have gotten
cold enough on the water last night for Nimpo to be blanketed
with fog. I was looking out the window just as
it started to clear off. There was still a layer of fog
laying low over the water so that a man fishing out in
the bay looked like he was floating on cotton while a
bald eagle flying across in front of him looked huge and
completely surreal. Sort of like one of those impressionist
paintings you used to see. It looks like it's going to
be another beautiful day in the Chilcotin!
Every day that we can get into September without
a forest fire is a good day. With nights getting
cooler and longer, there's more likelihood of either frost
or heavy dew in the mornings and that brings the humidity
up. The aspen along the highway are turning gold now.
Ours are still quite green around Nimpo Lake and probably
Anahim Lake but that will be the warming influence from
the lakes that we get in the fall keeping things green.
The pipe into the lake from our water pump had to be extended
yesterday. The lake level has continued to drop at an
alarming rate and the mouth of the pipe was only an inch
or two under water. We like to have that pump for keeping
everything in the yard and the buildings wet should there
be a forest fire nearby.
Most of us have become quite accustomed to not having
a local fire department and are prepared accordingly.
I know that starting a volunteer fire department
is on the agenda for the Nimpo Lake Community Association
AGM this month but really, who's going to man
it? There aren't a lot of muscle bound young men walking
around the area and I'm not sure WCB or any insurance
company is going to be keen on 60, 70 and 80 somethings
horsing around fire pumps and hose. But I guess we'll
see how the idea is met at the meeting.
I hope everyone had a great Labour Day Weekend. I'm back
to using my regular phone line for posting articles and
collecting mail. My computer doesn't seem to like the
new satellite hookup much so until it's sorted out, I'm
still on slow snail dial up.
A Little Problem With Articles
folks. I've been having a problem with uploading to the
Internet since yesterday. We purchased a satellite and
the guys from Williams Lake came out yesterday and spent
a few hours installing it. Unfortunately, they seemed
to be in a hurry to get home because they didn't
stick around long enough to see why my computer wasn't
any faster on the high speed satellite than it is on our
doggy slow dial up. Both guys came up with excuses before
they left, such as satellite lag time and that my computer
needed cleaning out. I don't think so Tim.
I think it probably is a problem with my
computer, but it would have been nice for them to run
some diagnostics so we could be sure. In the meanwhile,
my level of frustration last night was such that I shut
the computer down without an article written, and we've
spent part of the day trying to figure out what's going
on. I lost my dial up for a while as well so I couldn't
access the 'Net at all but that seems to be back
for the moment. While it is, I'll get this up online so
at least you folks that aren't sunning yourselves at the
lake this fine long weekend will understand why there
are no articles. There may not be for another day or two
until I can figure out the conflict in my computer. Wish
Yesterday was a calm evening with the lake as flat as
could be. It was a beautiful evening as is today. Hot
out last week's articles at Aug
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