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Wilderness Adventures - April, Week 1/2010

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!
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03/04/2010 4:53 PM

Easter Heads

As usual, the Chilcotin is unique in how it does things. Rather than color Easter eggs this weekend, some Nimpo Lake community members decided to color their hair.
Like many good local events and happenings, it all started out one evening over a glass or two of alcoholic refreshment between two guys that challenged each other to bleach and then tie dye their hair. Since the wife of one was sitting there and is always quick to hold fundraisers, she decided this would be a great way to raise money for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. One thing led to another with one guy challenging yet another over a period of a couple of weeks and we ended up with five guys and one gal agreeing to bleach and then color their hair.
Leah, who's husband started it all, decided that we would have to do the bleaching first on Friday, but that the color would be applied to the hair Saturday in front of the store in a ribboned off area. There would be lunch provided by Leah and Richard contributed by them on behalf of the store, (They also paid for about $150 worth of coloring material.) for a minimum donation of $5.
Leah talked me and another friend into showing up at Oscar's cabin last night where the bleach fest began. (Helped along by more alcohol refreshment, of course.) However, since the victims.... er volunteers, actually trickled in one at a time, I didn't even have to do much. Leah did all the bleaching. We started early in the afternoon on Melanie because she's part Cree with hair well on its way to her knees and we figured it would take at least two applications of bleach to get her hair light enough to take color. We only did a portion of her hair or else it would have taken all the bleach Leah had bought. Then a a glorious purple was applied to the newly lightened hair. Permanent purple that is.
The guys were next and we had Oscar (who is named for the grumpy muppet on Sesame Street. Not his real name. But it fits.) looking like a parrot in no time. Then he, Richard, and Clint, who was sporting a fluorescent orange racing stripe and green goatee, went up to the coffee house jam at The Bean with the homemade charity sign. The lead singer had agreed that if they made over $100 in donations from the coffee shop, he would allow an impermanent color put in his hair. If they made over $250, he would go for the permanent. They picked up $260 in donations so Chris was doomed to blue hair by 11:00 this morning. Good sport that he is, he arrived on time.
We had one hold out last night that was supposed to arrive at 7:00 but kept making excuses every time we phoned him, but after enough harassment, he arrived at 9:30 last night to become a blonde. The same holdout didn't arrive until after we had everything packed up and everyone had left this afternoon to get his tie dying done. I guess I can't blame him. He's a young guy and though handsome enough as a blonde, I don't think he was quite prepared to go the whole way with blue. Or maybe his ranch chores really did hold him up. :-)
The weather was not particularly pleasant for our little endeavor this morning. We had sun, thankfully, but we also had a really chilly wind. Even moving vehicles around in the parking lot to block the wind didn't help much. As our volunteers arrived one by one, so did the onlookers. They too got into the action and before you knew it, over half the people that had arrived just to watch now had impermanent color in their hair. I hope it's not permanent. Andy's is pink and while it looks quite nice, I'm hoping that it will wash out and not just fade out.
There were smokies, hot dogs, donuts, potato salad, and Leah's special cupcakes. Most of the eats went as the donations came in. Everyone was really generous but the party broke up by 12:30 this afternoon because of the miserably cold wind. It's really too bad because I'm sure if we had stayed out a little longer more people would have stopped. But then again, we were out of all but the permanent blue color. We'll have to buy more variety next year. Setting it a little later when the air is warmer might be a good idea too. I really pitied anyone sitting there in that wind with wet color in their hair. The kids didn't seem to mind but I saw a few adults shivering.
I'm not sure what happened to our local RCMP. I understand that at least three had promised to show up today for some temporary color to be applied, but only one was there and she was out of uniform.
Thanks to everyone that volunteered and everyone that contributed. You did wonderfully for such a tiny community!
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's blog at March Week Four . Just to let you know, I will be away all week to a conference so I will not be writing before next Saturday at the soonest. Happy Easter Everyone!

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A woman and kid holding a sign.
Young man with brown hair.
Young man with bleached blonde hair.
Man getting blue hair.
Girl with purple in her hair.
Man with orange strip in the middle of his scalp.
Man with red and green stripes.
Man with green hair.
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