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Hot, Hot, Hot!
Wee, is it ever hot!
At least it is out here for us. I know, I know.... friends
in Ashcroft are putting up with +38C or 100 degrees Fahrenheit
while our friends in Kelowna are putting up with temperatures
around the 34C or 93F mark and we're not even close, but
we are definitely not used to what we are getting, no
matter that it's been warm everywhere we've gone all summer
and we should have adapted by now.
While Friday was supposed to be the hottest day of the
year for most of central and southern British Columbia,
yesterday is when we hit our highest temperature
yet for the summer at 31C or 88F in the shade and with
the sun covered by cloud. It only lasted for about
half an hour before it dropped back down to just below
30 but I was shocked enough to see it that I actually
checked two other thermometers just to make sure the first
one was reading correctly.
I watched it for a little while after that and the numbers
rose, then dropped again. It was as though there were
bands of warm air being pushed in over the mountains or,
who knows, maybe it was coming from inland. The clouds
were coming from the south on the satellite map and the
way the thunderheads were starting to build by late afternoon
I would have sworn that we were going to get a real boomer
with that kind of heat building. Disappointingly, we didn't
and it turned out to be a pretty warm night with that
heat trapped below the clouds. It never got below
15C or 60F during the night when all the previous nights
the mercury has dropped like a stone once the sun has
We've been managing to keep the house quite cool during
the hot days by opening up the house all through the night
and closing it up in the mornings. Poor Andy was pretty
sure he was going to suffer frostbite if it kept up so
this was his warmest morning yet and he was decidedly
happier as a result :-)
The sun is blazing away again today and it looks like
it's building to be another barn burner. I think we have
another day or so of this and then it's supposed to cool
down to more normal temperatures with a mix of sun and
cloud throughout most of the province through the rest
of the week. It suits me. I'm headed south to Kamloops
and Ashcroft to pick up a mess of vegetables and fruit
for canning and since those are two of the hottest
spots in the province, it would be nice if they were at
a little bit more tolerable temperatures when I got there.
As a result, there won't be a blog for this next week
since I won't be around.
Leigh McAdam that I wrote about in the last blog sent
me a link to her post about another trip she took, this
time over Hunlen Falls. You've heard me write about it
before from a flightseeing perspective but I really like
it as seen through her eyes so with her permission, I've
added some of her blog here. But to see some really stunning
photos in context with her writing, I really suggest you
go to her blog at Hike,
after reading the following:
is the only word that can remotely describe the beauty
of Hunlen Falls in remote Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in
the West Chilcotin area of British Columbia.
But almost no one has ever heard of Hunlen Falls
and nor do they realize that these waterfalls are Canadas
third highest plunging 1,316 feet (401 meters).
In fact they are the highest waterfalls in Canada IF you
measure as a continuous unbroken drop. For comparisons
sake consider Niagara Falls. It turns out they plunge
a measly 51 meters (167 feet) give or take a few
feet depending if youre on the American
or Canadian side. Granted their volume is considerably
The best way to see Hunlen Falls is via floatplane. Its
a twenty minute flight from Nimpo Lake. If you have time,
you can land on Turner Lake and take the one kilometer
trail to the lookout. Alternatively you can hike
to Hunlen Falls. But take a look at the photos and
you can see how heavily treed the area is. That means
there isnt much in the way of a view until you reach
the falls. Thats not my favourite type of hiking.
But should you still decide to hike heres what you
need to know:
The trail is 16.4 kilometers one way with a vertical raise
of 800 meters (2625 feet). Its a great trail if
you like counting switchbacks. There are 78 of them.
Plan to take 6-9 hours one way so unless youre a
super-fast hiker, youll have to backpack into Turner
Lake and spend the night. Backcountry fees apply
usually $5 per person per night in cash.
The trail starts at the parking lot from an old tote road
twelve kilometers in from Highway 20. You need a 4X4 vehicle
to access it.
Stillwater Lake, four kilometers in from the trailhead,
is the last source of drinking water before you reach
Turner Lake. Fill your water bottles here.
There may be a lot of trees down, especially because of
deadfalls from a pine bark beetle infestation.
This area is famous for its grizzly and black bears. In
fact Tweedsmuir Park recommends hiking the first three
kilometers of the trail between late morning and early
afternoon to avoid them.
From Turner Lake you can access several days worth
of high alpine hiking including the Panorama Loop Trails
and the trail to Ptarmigan Lake. Be sure to bring
a good map and compass or GPS.
As you may have guessed this hike is rated difficult."
Leigh! Go check out her blog and in the meanwhile, since
I didn't want to steal her amazing photos, I've hunted
down a couple in my image bank to add over on the right.
I also found a blog Leigh just posted about the
Bella Coola Hill that is a must read! Aside
from being hilarious, (although I'm sure she didn't
feel that way while going down the Hill) it is informative
and fun with some great photos of the Hill itself. Please
go check it out on this link Surviving
11 Kilometers of Terror on Highway 20.
I will be back at the end of this coming week and hopefully
will have a blog posted within a few days of that. I'm
looking forward to my little holiday and veggie trip
because we've been working pretty hard this past while
trying to clear the brush from along the lake shore
in front of our place and our guest cabin. The
open area is just amazing now and I just can't believe
we didn't notice how much of our view we had lost!
I think I'm at about 14 truck loads of brush now taken
to the slash pile with only one more to go after raking
to finish that part of the shore line off. We haven't
been able to work that long at it each day because it
heats up and we're both ready to quit after only an
hour or two of sweating before going on to something
a little less intense. This is no weather for hard labour.
Andy has had it the hardest on his knees in the thick
brush with a chainsaw while I've only been dragging
and loading. But I had my turn with Freddy Kruger Junior
yesterday cutting small brush in the heat and was glad
when I eventually ran out of fuel.
I'm impressed with how things are looking and it just
might make a huge difference to the number of mosquitoes
around here next year if more of the summer breezes
can get into our yard. Although we don't have much in
the way of wind in the summer when it's hot. It's too
bad that things couldn't be reversed. Less wind
in the winter when it's cold and you're facing a wind
chill factor and more in the summer when you need a
breeze for cooling. But Mother Nature doesn't
work that way, of course.
I know one thing, I couldn't have been more wrong about
predicting this summer than if I had tried. I thought
surely it would be rainy this summer because it was
last year and we often get two in a row. But was I ever
out of whack! This is probably the longest hot spell
I've ever experienced out in this country and both Andy
and I remarked that it has been reminiscent of our respective
childhoods when summers were long, hot and dry and seemed
to go on forever. Or they did for those of us with endless
chores all summer which in my family's case was fencing,
haying, digging rose bushes out of the fields and picking
rocks and roots off same, and packing water to farm
animals when we had them. Man, I used to hate summers!
I couldn't wait to go back to school!
I know, sad, isn't it?
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!