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 2/2007
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All Good Things Come To An End
was the last of our magnificent weather. On my way to
Anahim Lake this afternoon I could see a huge, black cloud
bank to the north and west. By this evening it had
reached Nimpo Lake pushing a cool breeze before it.
Good things can't last forever I guess, but I sure was
enjoying that nice weather. We all were!
Our high pressure system has been pushed onto the prairies
by a low coming out of Alaska. Which is okay. My
prairie friends probably wouldn't mind a last kick at
summer before the snow flies. Rain is predicted
for a good bit of British Columbia for the next few days,
and then with any luck, another high pressure system will
move in. One is hovering to the south out in the Pacific
but it looks weak and it's hard to say where it will go.
I was talking to a lady in Anahim Lake today about BC
Hydro workers coming out and cutting down the beetle kill
on theirs and other properties the past little while.
She'd noticed the same remarkable thing that I
had. Some beetle killed trees endangering the
power lines were not cut down because they didn't have
the all important letter 'H' painted on
them. (Two years ago a crew went around the country spray
painting the letter on any tree that was in danger of
falling on the power line.) But some of those trees hadn't
turned red at the time of the painting. Now, however,
they are red and dead, like
one along our road leaning right over the power line.
I'm not sure why the contractors felling the trees are
refusing to remove non marked trees. Presumably it's because
they only get paid for a set number of marked trees? But
it's moronic for them to come through, cut down the majority
of the trees, but not the odd one without a mark that
is directly endangering the power line. BC Hydro will
still, in near future, have to go to the extra expense
of hiring someone to come back and finish the job. And
if it's just one or two trees, that's a ludicrous expense.
Or, maybe not.
The other thing we've all noticed is that only a few property
owners are getting their trees cut down and they all seem
to be those folks that signed a contract with BC Hydro
two years ago. Maybe the outcry and signed petitions from
many area citizens that signed that promise from BC Hydro
has finally forced them to come in and honor that
contract. But only that. We're still not seeing
any sign whatsoever that trees along Highway 20 and side
roads that are right alongside the power line are getting
cut down. Power outages are just going to become more
common here and it just doesn't look like our dearly
beloved freaking provincial electrical power company particularly
Well, that cloud cover out there right now seems to be
keeping the temperature up tonight. Heavy frost the last
few nights have definitely brought on a spate of fall
color lately but it doesn't look like we'll be seeing
any tonight. In fact, it's just started raining. I'll
get this uploaded and if I can, I'll update you folks
on the weather tomorrow but we've company coming for chow
and since I'm chief chef and bottle washer around here,
there's no guarantees.
Quick Late Summer Update
That's what I've decided today was. Our missing summer.
Rather than getting cooler our temperatures were
most definitely warmer than they have been for the last
day or two. At one point the thermometer in the
shade read 20.8C or around 65F but well over 30C in the
sun. I don't know if it got any higher than that because
I was wandering around outside a good bit of the day.
I took a long walk in the woods today and rather than
deking out on the road and coming back that way, I just
stuck to the shaded trails because it was just too hot
to be walking in the sun.
We were talking to the neighbour tonight and he
said that it went to 5 degrees below freezing at the mill
last night. That's midway between Nimpo and Anahim
Lake so it's always a little colder there. Still, it froze
here last night. I don't think we'll have cherry tomatoes
much longer. Carrying them in and out of the house is
definitely getting old but it's too cold to leave them
We've just come back from a wonderful supper over at the
neighbour's and it hasn't left me a lot of time for the
blog tonight so I'll keep it short.
Another gorgeous sunny day with not a cloud in the
sky. And that's all I have to report folks!
Another Uniquely Fantabulous Fantastical Day In
I know, most of those descriptions aren't actually words.
But it's my story and I get to tell it any way I want
to. Besides, I couldn't possibly come up with enough words
to adequately describe the weather here this week. It's
Nimpo Lake was flat calm this evening with
only the ripples from fishing boats and loons disturbing
the water. And fish jumping. And man, are
they jumping! It's just terrific to see how high some
of them are coming out of the water and many are really
big fish. This would have been a good year for feed and
you can see it the size and thickness of the trout.
We had a clear, sunny day that was downright hot in the
sun. A little cool in the shade though. The temperatures
really didn't get much over 18C or 63 to 65 degrees today
and it definitely froze last night. It was foggy on the
lake this morning which is pretty normal for this time
of year. I think we'll see a general cool down now
because although this high pressure area is holding
over us, there's some cold air being brought straight
down from Alaska. The jet stream as depicted on the weather
maps is just unbelievable. It's running straight north
the entire length of British Columbia and the Yukon just
off the coast right up into Alaska, and then straight
south again all the way to the Washington border right
down the center of our province. Really unusual to see
it like that. Nice for us though to be inside that high
pressure system. It looks like good weather for
a few more days. Boy, I sure hope so. Everyone
throughout the province seems downright giddy with the
sunny weather and I assure you, the mood has improved
a great deal around here!
It's just a real pleasure to get up and know you can work
outside all day if you want without being driven back
inside by rain squalls or bugs. The only downside
with the hot spell for a few days is that we're finally
seeing algae build up on Nimpo Lake but it's nothing
like last year. And the cooler temperatures will slow
that right down. Probably not much to worry about in the
way of forest fires this late in the season because the
nights are cold and humidity is high from the dew in the
At least the weather is great for getting on with our
outside projects. Andy is still working on the roof for
the travel trailer. It now extends 29 feet which is quite
a length for a single side. That's my fault. I figured
if it was extended just a little more we could park the
fourwheeler outside the wall but it would still be under
cover. This thing has just gotten bigger and harder
to build and no easy project, that's for sure.
It's a good thing Andy's good at that stuff.
Me, I added another little project to my own list, which
of course interrupts what Andy is doing when I need help.
I've decided I want a raised bed for some vegetables next
year and have started putting it together this year. Because
you can't rely on not having a frost at any time in the
summer, veggies aren't the easiest thing to grow
in this country but I've decided to give it a go anyway.
I've tucked the box into just about the hottest and most
protected part of the yard and at only eight feet to each
side, it shouldn't be that hard to cover at night early
and late in the season. Surprisingly, although that doesn't
seem that big an area, it's still going to take a fair
amount of dirt to fill it. Since good dirt is at a premium
I'll be fighting weed seeds for the first couple of years
but as long as we don't go anywhere next summer, I can
stay on top of it. Maybe I can teach some of these
freeloading pets around here how to weed. Fat
Andy's brother did a little work on my computer while
he was here and my screen color is darker than it was
before. I haven't been able to test the color of this
site on any other computer but the laptop so I don't know
how the photos look. If anyone has a problem with seeing
them or they seem too dark, by all means, let me know.
The other thing he added to my computer was some
new spam software. Man, does it work well! It's
kind of neat to see all this spam come into your mailbox
and then blip! See it disappear moments later into a spam
folder. The outfit is called CloudMark so check it out
on the trial offer if you need a spam blocker. We're on
satellite and unfortunately, they have zip for a spam
blocker. You're kind of hung out to dry and since my business
email is inundated with spam, this is a real godsend.
Oh, check out the floatplane up on the right. A
beautiful little plane and perfectly reflected in the
flat surface of Nimpo Lake.
I'm going to leave Logan's grizzly up on Picture
of the Day for one more day, just because
it's a beauty!
Indian Summer 2007
either just gotten our summer or we've been blessed with
an Indian Summer. I'm delighted whatever the case.
Our temperatures yesterday hit a high of over 24C or around
75 degrees Fahrenheit and although they're not as high
today they're still about 20C. We didn't even have to
bring the pot of tomatoes in off the deck last night,
covering them instead. That's a first in about a week.
The last few days have been quite hot because there hasn't
even been much of a breeze but today a nice little wind
sprang up, making it quite pleasant outside, even in the
We've got company right now with Andy's brother taking
full advantage of the nice weather to ride up on his bike
from the Okanagan and do some fishing. The guys
were out fishing for most of the morning and brought in
five nice rainbow trout. They lost a really good
sized one. Andy said it was just tail dancing across the
water when it spit out the fly. And they got enough hits
throughout the morning to keep the day interesting. There
are actually a lot more boats out on Nimpo Lake than I've
seen all summer. No small wonder. Excellent fishing
and no bugs!
The salmon fishing down on the Atnarko River has
been excellent and one fellow from down at the
other end of the lake joined friends fishing down in the
Bella Coola Valley for a day. He has given his kind permission
for me to reprint his email and some of the great pictures
he took. He's also got a super picture of a grizzly taken
around the top of the 'Hill' about a month ago that I'll
be posting on the Picture of the Day. Unfortunately, left
on this page it will get picked up by Google images and
used by folks that don't have the rights to it.
Here goes Logan's Fish Story! :-)
"Hi all, This was one of the best fishin trips
I've had. Bill & Joan got a new camper trailer so were
giving it the checkout this weekend at the fisheries pool
near Bella Coola. (That's the picture on the top right.)
I went down to see 'em and give a try to coho fishin.
Joan had a small one, but Bill said no other fish caught
yet. Oh well, I'd try it for awhile before I went back
up the hill.
The river was full of fish, (pinks/chum, I fergit) and
it was cool to be fishing in the midst of hundreds of
nice fish (they weren't feeding/biting tho) and waiting
for that big COHO bite. Well, pretty soon I set the hook
on a bite and thought I was snagged on a rock it was so
solid. Then he took off, my rod bent over (80# braided
line) and I thought... what will I do with this monster
in the running water!! Unbelievable power in the current.
Wildly exciting is an understatement. Pretty soon I saw
him in the clear water and couldn't believe a fish that
big could be in such a little river. Of course they're
just starting up to spawn, but it looked odd.
Did I mention exciting? :)
Bill came running with the gaff, said no one had caught
a coho yet. Lucky me!! Soon we had him on the beach, I
stuffed my hand in the gills and thumb in the corner of
his mouth (that was a mistake) and unhooked him. (single
barbless hooks only) I was holding him up for Joan to
get a pic, and he shook off my hand and fell back into
the river!! I said a bad word. Joan didn't get the pic
either, battery was deado. Big strong fish, Bill said
it was 25#, noticeably the biggest one of the day. I was
happy tho, just having experienced that, even if no fish
to show for it. It took several more casts to settle down
from that, and then it happened again!! I caught 5 of
the damn things yesterday!! Only allowed to keep 2, so
I came home with over 40# of coho. (Second from the
top on the right with Logan's boot for size comparison.)
There is a treehouse thingie that the fisheries people
sit in and count coho. (Third pic from the top on
the right.) A few days ago the count was about 30/day,
and yesterday there were "a couple thousand" he said.
So I lucked out on the day I showed up there.
I went up to see it and yack w/em and we could see eight
of 'em just hanging on a rocky bar, he said they'd been
there awhile. Didn't have my cam w/me, (sorry) but I said
"I'm gonna go for 'em", climbed down and made a few casts/drifts
& hooked one, fought him right to the bank in front of
me and he shook off. Just awesome. Fishery guy said it
was a good show. By then I was tired and went for lunch
and cleaned fish and came home.
Thus endeth another tale of Nimpo Lake life."
Pretty cool eh? Thanks Logan! Hope you guys enjoyed Logan's
Tale. Better come fishing before he catches them all,
It's time again for the start of a new week. Last week's
articles can be found at September
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!