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Wilderness Adventures - Dec., Week Two/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!
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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10/12/2010 12:05 PM

Snow

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 parts.
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 of the iceberg, so join me!


Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Dark red sunset.
 
Fog over the mountains.
 
Snowmobile crosses the ice Thursday.
 
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