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Wilderness Adventures - August Week Four

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' - just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.
30/08/2005 2:02 PM

Otters

A family of four otters went swimming past yesterday. Unfortunately, I was on the phone and they went by too fast for me to get a picture. The must be quick and strong swimmers. If they came from where the Dean River leaves Nimpo Lake as I suspect and were going to where I see signs of otter when I cross country ski in winter, then they had quite a ways to go. No problem at the rate they were moving along. They seem to be shy animals and you don't see them often, but there's no doubt that they have a playful side to them. When the lake was quite icy last year from a melt and then we got a skiff of snow, I could see where they had been sliding on their bellies on the ice on the other side. From the looks of their tracks, they would hump up for momentum and then off they would slide, for a good 12 to 14 feet. The tracks went for a good mile like that so they must have been having great fun, much like we would if we were skating.
Stories for the next week or so will probably be intermittant. I have company coming from Saskatchewan today and hope to spend as much time as possible with them. I'm hoping and praying for good weather for their stay. Normally this time of year is guaranteed to be glorious, but this year we seem to be getting a lot of unstable weather, with rain showers passing through every few minutes. The jet stream just isn't where it usually is so I suspect that's the cause. In any case, I'll pick up daily after the Labour Day long weekend.

29/08/2005 9:22 PM

Katrina

Watched her on the news quite a bit today. I just don't envy anyone in her path and having never gone through a hurricane before, really can't comprehend what it would be like. Although some do say jokingly that Saskatchewan has one 365 days of the year. I've always been fortunate to live in areas that just really don't see much in the way of natural disasters. I do love storms, however, and can imagine that besides being scary, it sure would be exciting to go through a hurricane of Katrina's magnitude. Crazy too, of course. Of all the newscasts I saw today, all the devastation to highways, office buildings, homes, trees and powerlines, I think that the most sickening thing of all, was the looters. There is no excuse for creatures like that to even be alive on earth. If they were bugs, we would step on them. I listened to the governor's speech that the police forces would be ruthless toward looting, but I can understand that those same forces would be stretched pretty thin trying to rescue the fools that stayed behind and unable to enforce that order. What do these culls do? Hide in their basements until the storm goes over, knowing all along that as soon as they can, they'll be able to rip off business owners unable to defend their stores? Oh, poor things are just too poor to get out of the storm's path and thats why they were still there. Poor in a pig's eye. It's really too bad all the bottom feeders didn't drown! I don't believe it would have been a loss at all, but instead a real benefit to all mankind. At least they wouldn't be able to breed anymore and produce more of their kind. Do I sound angry and bitter? Absolutely. I'm a business owner. I've worked hard for what I have as have those that are being ripped off by looters this very day. These scum come along and take what the storm hasn't, and I'll bet not one of them has ever contributed a single, solitary thing to society. In the meanwhile, my insurance premiums are going to go up already because of the hurricane; yes even in Canada - and looters just add to that cost. That is minor though, in the face of flagrant defiance of the law. That just plain tees me off!
28/08/2005 10:28 PM

Bear Attacks

Two different occurrences this weekend have resulted in one death and one injury. A 68 year old man was mauled and killed the day before yesterday just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba by a black bear. He had gone out to go picking plums and when he didn't return in a reasonable time, his family became concerned and called the police. A search was launched and resulted in the man being found by police mauled to death. A police officer on the scene caught the glimpse of something out of the corner of his eye. A young black bear was circling around the officer and the dead man. He had time to pull out his service revolver and shoot the bear twice, killing it. An autopsy is being done on the bear to determine why it would have attacked the man. However, locals in the area said that it had been a very poor year for berries and natural food sources for the bears was very scarce. There had been many reports of bears in the area raiding bird feeders, fruit trees and garbage cans.
A woman, hiking in Banff National Park was attacked by a grizzly sow yesterday. Apparently while walking, she suddenly found herself between the sow and two of her cubs. The grizzly attacked, but fortunately, the mauling was shortlived. As soon as the bears left, the woman was able to walk out of the area she was in to get help, where she was immediately taken to hospital and remains in serious but stable condition at this time. Dramatic weather conditions such as all the provinces have been experiencing has had a real affect on all wildlife, especially bears. Some of the provinces have been experiencing extreme drought conditions, burning off berry buds, while others have had a great deal of rain and not enough sun to develop berries. This is one of the main food sources in places such as Manitoba for bears in the fall when they are trying so hard to achieve massive weight gains for winter hibernation. As always, this is a grim reminder that you should be alert, and aware of your surroundings while in bear country, carry bear spray and walk in groups of at least two or more people if at all possible.
27/08/2005 8:39 PM

The English Military Maneuvers Gone Awry

Rescue. I apologize for not writing yesterday, something came up, hence the overlong suspense about this story. This was not necessarily a rescue, but what might have happened had a bush pilot not intervened is difficult to say. In February of 1994 the English military chose to embark on a military exercise from Bella Coola to Quesnel on the Alexander Mackenzie Trail. Although a 480 km trail should not be an impossible task for trained and fit military personnel, it becomes substantially more difficult and dangerous in the dead of winter. One of the fellows had hiked the trail one summer and had put forward a proposal to his unit commander that not only would this be a suitably rigorous training exercise, but as the first people to cross-country ski the Mackenzie Trail, it would be a new record and a feather in their cap. They embarked on their quest for fame leaving two of their unit to man ancient World War II radio equipment while one poor soul carried the other end on his back. It is fortunate that they chose to use