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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 - Sept., Week One/2012
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I Spoke Too Soon
my last post for the end of August I commented on how
it seemed to be the end of summer because the weather
had cooled substantially. I was wrong again, of course.
We definitely had a little cool down for a week or less
but the last few days since the Labour Day weekend until
today have been absolutely magnificent! Day after day
has dawned clear and sunny with our temperatures
climbing steadily over the week reaching as high as 24
and 26C, very nice for September!
It's been a little toasty for working though, but since
I absolutely refuse to miss days like that going into
fall, I've been working outside all day for the past few.
I've been utterly exhausted, hot, and dusty, but I've
been happy with what I've accomplished and yesterday I
was super happy because Andy ran the Bobcat for me and
we got even more stuff accomplished that I've been waiting
on for some time. I really do need to learn how to run
that thing so I can tackle my own projects at will, especially
when my other half is busy with other stuff.
I haven't seen a lot of Andy lately. Not only was he gone
for a couple of days last week picking up a flat car from
Clinton and hauling it back on a low bed, but it's that
time of year when all the neighbours want to get going
on their projects before the snow flies. The bugs
are gone now so everyone is outside working and putting
in as many hours a day as they can stand.
The evenings have been nice enough to have our own fire
or attend that of the neighbour's and I'm hoping that
the weather will smarten up enough for us to be around
a fire tonight, although it doesn't look promising. The
wind has been blowing pretty wildly all day and although
there is some sun, it's a lot cooler than it has been
with even cooler temperatures expected by this evening.
There's a cold front moving down from the Alaskan Panhandle
and it's expected to drop temps throughout the province
for the next three days with a slow warm up starting again
on Wednesday that should go through next weekend.
We went fishing a few days ago when we decided we
needed a little rest from work and did okay. The
first hour was really slow with only one fish in, and
it a small one, but the second hour we were catching fish
one after another. None were big and fat like they usually
are by this time of year but they were still nice trout
and will be perfect for smoking. It seems everyone is
commenting on the same thing.... the fish are nice looking
but not plump as usual and we all conjecture at the cause.
It might be that there are just too many fish for the
lake now and not enough food for them. The lake
has been receiving less and less fishing pressure every
year and there may have been a little population
explosion with all the nutrients washing into the water
the past couple of years. In any case, the fish have definitely
changed. But who knows? A late spring and cool early summer
may just mean that they're a little late starting and
in October they might be as big and fat as they were last
year. After all, it's been a long, hot summer, and the
fish may not have been feeding as well as they might.
We have noticed that they're definitely bigger after a
rainy summer than after a hot one. I guess we shall see.
We still catch glimpses now and then of our baby
loons and as of a few days ago, they were both still alive.
They're rarely together now and while the one still hangs
on to Mama a lot, the other wanders all over the back
bay and elsewhere, so it's much harder to keep track of
them now. The bald eagles have tried to double team them
a few times but the dogs are diligent (River hates them
and always sets up a ruckus when one is about) and Andy
chases them away when he sees them. At least the babies
are way too big to be drowned easily now I should think.
Adult loons can go under water for several minutes and
a couple of hundred feet so they should be able to avoid
the eagles long enough for them to become bored with the
With the exception of today when the waves on Nimpo Lake
have been really wild, every day the lake has been flat
calm or nearly so. It's been perfect for canoeing
and kayaking and we even saw a band of fishermen/women
out flyfishing in their belly boats the other day.
Another set of our neighbours just arrived last week and
since then have been kayaking on Nimpo Lake, Kappan and
Charlotte Lakes with the latter being flat calm, an unusual
event, and they were amazed at how clear and clean Charlotte
is. It's true that you can see 30 feet down to the bottom
in the shallows very easily. It's probably one of the
most pristine lakes around and the Atnarko River which
drains it is considered to be one of the cleanest rivers
in British Columbia.
September 10 11:30 AM
had to quit yesterday because of a dinner invitation
for deep fried turkey over at the neighbours', an interesting
invention to be sure, but very good. We gathered around
a fire a few hours later and let me tell you, it was
not warm! I was glad to have worn warm clothes and grateful
my other half thought to bring cushions for the chairs
because I'm thinking ours were the only warm butts there.
Everyone else was sitting on plastic lawn chairs and
those things are as cold as can be without a cushion
on them when temperatures drop, and they certainly did
last night. The sky had cleared and the stars were as
bright and numerous as they could possibly be but we
left just after ten to come home and the temperature
was already down to just two degrees above freezing.
I was glad I covered my veggies last night because they
wouldn't have made it through the frost we had otherwise.
The zucchini must have gotten the inkling that something
was up because it was smothered with flowers and baby
zucs this morning in a last ditch effort to reproduce
before the plant freezes.
Today wasn't supposed to be a great day but the sun
is shining and it's slowly warming up. There are some
big banks of dark clouds hanging about but I think it's
supposed to be quite nice by tomorrow. I have guests
coming in this week and of course if it's nice out,
you know I won't be writing a blog. :-)
Oh, but hey, before I go I just want to mention something.
Andy and I suck when it comes to technology, even though
computers are supposed to be my business but it really
is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. Andy has
an iPad now and a friend of our neighbours was showing
us the other night how you could see all the stars above
your head on the iPad, just by raising it up and facing
it in any direction you want. It's really amazing
and really beautiful. Because our air is so clear here
and the stars so bright, it's neat to hold the iPad
up and be able to identify the names of the stars and
planets that you can see in any patch of sky. The app
is called Star Walk and you can identify 20,000 plus
objects in the sky including satellites and the International
Space Station. Andy came home and immediately downloaded
it onto his iPad but we were a little confused as to
the stars it was showing us when we pointed it to the
sky. Finally, the next morning, we figured out
that the app had us pegged as being in Africa.
Once Andy changed the location to ours, we could identify
all the constellations in our night sky on the screen.
I couldn't recommend this higher to anyone with an Apple
product and only regret that my father isn't alive today.
He would have dearly loved the technology involved.
is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
blog at August
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!