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
Wilderness Adventures - Dec., Week Two/2010
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We finally got some snow, not that I was happy to see
it. A little blizzard blew in yesterday morning and dropped
three inches of snow in about an hour. Thank heavens it
didn't last any longer than that. Andy's Bobcat is short
a tire until we can get it repaired next week so we have
no way of clearing snow around here or on our road.
At least the sun came out shortly after the snowstorm
and the day was just dazzling. There's nothing
like blue sky and fresh white snow. I waded through the
snow in the backwoods down to the gun range yesterday
and tip toed in Andy's truck tracks on the road on the
way back. It's the first time in a year that I've been
able to walk that far but it was such a glorious day I
didn't want to quit, no matter the consequences to body
You could certainly tell we had gotten fresh snow because
eager snowmobile enthusiasts were out blasting across
the lake. A few went out this morning, presumably to Goat
Pass, which I think foolish to the extreme. There is absolutely
no base to this snow and there's only about five to six
inches of fluff on the ground. Five hundred pounds of
machine is going right through to the rocks on any trail
and straying off trail would be certain to cause damage.
There is no way I would do that to my machine.
I think everyone is over eager about going out right now
because the lake has frozen up so early. There has also
been quite a bit of snow in November and the first part
of December for the past couple or three years. But what's
on the ground now is more the norm and you've gotta be
patient. I remember that it was rare that you could get
Lloyd out and on the mountain until shortly before Christmas.
He just felt the days were too short and there wasn't
enough snow to keep from damaging a machine.
Saturday, December 11
I got interrupted yesterday with good weather for walking
and helping Andy get some wood in so I was outside and
didn't get back to the blog.
Today it's really grim looking out. I suppose we were
due for it because we have been having some great weather.
Last night it got down to -18C or 0F when
I went to bed and you could not possibly have counted
all the stars in the sky. It was amazing..... and, I might
add, just a little chilly for lengthy stargazing. It made
it up to -5C or 23F this afternoon but it is socked right
in. It's just about time to pull out my SAD light I think.
The weatherman said we're in for a Pineapple Express
this weekend, which if it hits this cold air mass,
will probably bring snow. I would rather it didn't with
the Bobcat having a broken leg, but then again, you don't
mind gungy grey skies if there's at least something coming
out of it. A Pineapple Express would probably also melt
or pack a lot of the snow, and that would definitely be
a good thing. Ice on the lake could start growing again
and it would provide a base for snowmobiling, or in the
case of one of our friends, dog sledding.
I was talking to Leah and Richard last evening after they
came back from snowmobiling, and they said they
didn't dare go off the trail up to Goat Lake and couldn't
get past the lake because of the boulders and lack of
snow. They figured there was only between eight
and ten inches of snow up there and that is not nearly
enough. Richard said it wasn't bad if you went really
fast. You kind of floated on top. Otherwise, going slow
meant you could hear and feel every rock and stump under
the snow that the skiis hit.
This morning I could see the mountains clearly and I don't
think it's my imagination. It looks like there is less
snow up there today than there was a day or so ago. I
suspect there's an inversion layer that has trapped cold
air down low, with warmer air aloft. Because I would
swear it looked like it was raining up there.
Now that will make a mess of things!
Last week's post can be found at December
Week One. For a really cool pic, see
what the local ladies have done on Picture of the Day
to be raffled off for the kids of our local dance class.
Sadly, I just heard that a grand old lady of our area
was found this morning next to her car. The car was still
running and since it was her habit to come in on mail
day, which it was yesterday, she must have passed away
then. It's guessed it was a massive heart attack that
caused her death. I won't give her name because I don't
know if all her family has been contacted. I will
say she was one of the neatest people I have known,
always in great spirits with a twinkle in her eye, a wonderful
sense of humour, and quick wits. I will miss her sorely.
Our whole community will.
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
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