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Wilderness Adventures - Sept., Week 4/2008

This 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 the smog!
If you would like to see pictures of wildlife, mountains, lakes, exciting snowmobiling, events and more, and read stories like 'Lake Monsters' about the Lakesounds just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.

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22/09/2008 7:29 PM

Chilly Willy!!!

Fall came with a vengeance this morning. The temperature started dropping really fast last night and we finally had to start a fire to warm up the house. It was just below freezing when I went to bed and was below -4C or 24F when I got up. The lawn had a pretty good rime of frost on it and some of my flowers took a hit. The rest just sat there feeling sorry for themselves and looking very pathetic.
It was clear and sunny all day today, but it never did get above 7C or about 42F and there was a ruddy cold wind from out of the north and west all day. I really regretted having no earmuffs on my walk today! I'm going to have to get used to bundling up a bit more. The first half of September was so nice that we got a little too used to it and keep thinking we can get away with lighter clothing yet.
I spent part of the day trying to get everything watered in well before winter hits. Then got hoses picked up and drained and Andy drained the water pump that we use for irrigation. We already lost one to frost a year ago so we're a little more cautious about 'surprise' temperatures now. While not everything is picked up in case of an early snowfall, we're nearly there.
There have been quite a few boats out on the lake slowly trolling around for fish for the past few weeks, with fishermen relaxing in the sun and relishing the flat calm water. Not so today. I don't think I saw anyone out there on the lake and if there was, they were far braver souls than I.
The planes aren't flying nearly as much now either. Most of the resorts are finishing up and Tweedsmuir Air is probably pretty much done for the season. I did see one Super Cub come in hard today, though. I was rolling up watering hose when I heard the uneven sound of an airplane engine having problems. I saw a guy coming in over the lake into the wind which was coming out of the north, just as he should, but it looked like he was having problems either taking off or landing. It sounded like his power was cutting out on him and he was heading straight for our little peninsula before he finally decided to put her down. Well, he did but not for long. His floats hit the water and he took a big bounce and then hit the water a second time and finally settled. He hit pretty hard but it looked like he had good tight control of the plane even after it bounced, but for a while there I was afraid there was going to be an accident the way his wings tipped in the wind.
It took all of last night and until this morning for the modem to start working again after it was blasted with that power outage. I don't know how many more it will take before it fries completely so if we go off line for a long period of time and you don't see any articles posted, that may be why. I wasn't able to get last night's article posted until today, so if the timing seems confusing, that's why.

21/09/2008 7:11 PM

Tomorrow Is Fall

Or it's supposed to be. I think we might have jumped the gun by a day though. It was pretty chilly out today never getting above 12C or a little over 50F with a north wind. We haven't seen much for wind in the past while so even when temperatures have been down it hasn't seemed all that cold. But today I was about ready to break out the ear muffs before going on my walk. All in all though, it really wasn't a bad day with mixed sun and cloud. It did take a long time for the fog to burn off this morning, though. I think this sudden cooler weather will turn the leaves on the trees really fast now. I noticed that our aspen have suddenly gone from mostly green to yellow and brown in what almost seems overnight.
Andy, our new neighbour, and Logan went out scouting on the fourwheelers today. I asked them to see if they could find my 'Split Rock' meadow and check around for some sign. They tried pretty hard and covered quite a bit of country but couldn't find the meadow and never did see much sign but they had a really great day. So I think if it's a nice day tomorrow we'll skip the hunting again and work on the greenhouse instead.
I think hunting season is going to be a washout for us this year. Everyone that has a moose tag for the regions on both the west and east side of the highway is saying the same thing. Too warm, no fresh sign, and we're all thinking the animals are still up high. I think that the next time we try for a limited entry hunt, we'll go for October when it's sure to be cooler. Of course if my luck follows its usual course, we'll get a tag and there'll be four feet of snow on the ground!
We had another power outage today. It wasn't a long one but it sure played hell around here. Probably the worst damage it did was knock out our satellite modem. We were able to reset it after the last power outage knocked it off line but it's beginning to look like it's fried this time. The worst part about it is the people that installed the satellite told us not to plug it into a surge protector but to plug it directly into the wall. I'm not looking forward to the expense of replacing that little puppy. I'm starting to get a little angry at the power outages around here. The last few have had nothing to do with downed trees or wind but has had more to do with the diesel generators in Anahim Lake. There was a time that the most an outage might screw up was a freezer but now we all have so many electronics around our homes, it becomes an expensive proposition to replace components destroyed by an outage. And of course you can bet BC Hydro is happy to take your money every month but you won't get anything out of them because of an outage. In any case, I have no idea if I'll be able to load this post up on the 'Net today or any time this week until we get online again.
As promised last article, I've uploaded a bunch of pictures from our trip down to the Bella Coola Valley this week. As usual, you can get a description of each picture by rolling over it with your mouse.
I've started a new week so you'll find last week's articles, including those stories written by Chalmer Morse about Rimarko Ranch at September Week Three.


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Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Full orange sun behind smoke in the morning.
 
Green blue of the Bella Coola River.
 
A rocky peak rises above green trees on the Valley floor.
 
Sharp corner on steep part of the Hill.
 
Autumn colored shrubs and grass surround a pond.
 
Pond reflects the Rainbow Mountains.
 
Deeply reflective river winds through the trees.
 
River forms a still pond with a rock in the center.
 
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