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Wilderness Adventures - April, Week One/2012

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 some great contributed stories and ongoing blogs, just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.

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10/04/2012 7:45 PM

Mild, Mild Weather

Our weather has been awesome for the past couple of weeks and was particularly spectacular when we most needed it well over a week ago. We were doing some demolition on a building for a friend that was time sensitive, mainly because we needed to burn everything we took down. Unfortunately, the Cariboo fire center put a blanket open fire ban starting April 2nd for all of the region. Normally they would put the open ban on area to area depending on the kind of spring it is, up to and including the first week of May. While it has been dry with little snow cover from Alexis Creek toward Williams Lake, we had at least a couple of feet of snow blanketing the ground. We still have well over a foot now. They obviously could not be bothered to come out here and check to see what our weather conditions were, or even call out here. I guess it doesn't matter in any case. I noticed lots of burning going on in both Anahim and Nimpo today and it's well past the second of April so everyone is ignoring them anyway.
However, we wanted to be legal and we knew we were going to have some humungous bonfires so everything had to be done before last Tuesday, and it was. We all worked hard at it for a solid nine days to get the building down and burned, and it even looks as though the property sold.
Since the guys were up on a roof for a few days and we were all outside, it was nice having great weather that was sunny and warm. It would have been a heck of a mess if it had snowed and would have been miserable at best if it had been cold or rainy. As it was, just a few days after we finished, it snowed a good four inches here and more there. It was heavy, wet snow and would have been terrible to work in. It made quite a mess of all the local roads that had just begun drying up before it fell.
This past week has also been quite warm most days, although some days like today have been cloudy. We've been getting up to 12C or 54F for the past two days and had the sun been shining, I'm sure it would have been much warmer. It's cleared off tonight so I'm sure it will drop well below freezing again as it has for most nights, which has slowed the melt down a bit. Still, break up is here and things are looking up. Most of the ice that I keep slipping and falling on is gone, and where there's no snow, there's lots of mud. Our road is starting to break up pretty badly but since we can't drive across the lake anymore, we'll just have to deal with the mud.
We've been seeing lots of Trumpeter Swans going over and the odd formation of Canada Geese flying over heading north. The dogs have been scaring up grouse on our walks and I saw a fox out on the lake the other day so things are moving around. We've even seen Robins flitting through the trees along the road. We saw a ptarmigan in a the meadow near our place this morning and other than his black eyes and tiny triangles on his tail feathers, he was still as white as the snow his was hiding on. We saw him again this evening and he was just as hard to see. Funny that he hasn't lost any of his winter colors yet.
The warm weather is supposed to continue for the next few days although I think we're going to see some rain or snow Thursday. It all suits me. When it's nice, I go for a walk with the dogs. When it's not, I try to play catch up on the computer. I got a bit behind working on the demolition project, but I admit that it was a lot more fun than being locked into my computer chair.
It's nice when things happen fast around here. Less than two weeks ago Andy took friends up on top of Trumpeter and said the snowmobiling conditions were excellent. While things are slowing down here in that regard now because we're all kind of waiting for spring, I'm still seeing out of town trucks loaded with sleds headed up to the parking lot in the Rainbow Mountains. Meanwhile, our sleds are perched precariously on a lump of snow and ice fast turning to mud, so it's time to put them away for the year.
Just to let everyone know, the Annual canoe race is going to be on May 19 starting at the Nimpo Lake public boat launch and ending in Anahim Lake. All entries are welcome. With any luck, Johnny won't have to be out there breaking up the ice with his boat so that the canoes can get through to the where the Dean starts like he had to last year. It's hard to say when the ice will go off this year. There was between two and three feet of ice this year and it really hasn't started melting yet other than where the ice road has broken up.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's posts at March Week Two
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Anahim 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!


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Fresh snow in April.
 
Stone inukshuk on a mountain.
 
Blue snowmobile with mountain back drop.
 
Man on top of a mountain.
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