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Wilderness Adventures - Feb., 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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09/02/2012 4:05 PM

My Unnatural Disaster

This has been a very interesting past week or so.
I know I keep coming up with reasons as to why I have not been posting a blog as often as I used to and this one is going to read like 'The dog ate my homework' excuse. You'll never believe this but my computer blew up...... again.....
The Project Coordinator for the local tourism association just asked me in an email (that I finally have back up and running) how it is that my computers keep imploding.
I don't know. You've got me.
Last Wednesday night I was trying to get some last minute stuff done before we were set to leave for the Okanagan Thursday morning. A friend needed a form for a nonrefundable deposit on a real estate deal and I went online to find one for her as I was talking to her on the phone. I found what looked to be a law site and found the form I wanted. About the time I decided to do the copy paste thing, a warning came up from my anti virus telling me that it was stopping a Trojan, I got thrown out of the browser and then things really started happening. As one software program after another began to disappear from my desktop, one red alert window after another popped up stating all the things that were going wrong with my computer including that my C drive was no longer readable. Had I had my sound turned on I'm sure I would have heard the 'Ooga' of a submarine klaxon warning me to Dive! Dive!
It didn't take long to reach critical mass. I shut down my computer, started it up again and faced the black screen of death. Actually it wasn't completely blank. I had two icons on the no longer recognizable desktop and a whole bunch of windows opening up again to tell me everything that was wrong with my computer so I shut it down and considered it blown. That sick puppy now rests peacefully with my Brother-in-law's vet (don't ask) until he gets home from holiday and can fix it. Or hopefully at least try to retrieve some of my data.
Since we were gone to the Okanagan until Monday night, there wasn't a lot I could hope to do other than check my email on our friend's lap top and even then, without the proper computer I couldn't do any work for anyone. So I broke down on Tuesday and decided to see if I could get the old computer that blew up a year ago to work enough to use it. Surprisingly, a year's rest seemed to have done it some good although I'm knocking on wood as I type this. The hard drive still sounds like it's going to rotate right out of the tower and a lot of my programs won't work, but at least it looks like I can still write a blog and upload it so we'll see how long that will last. If I can manage that then I can do some client work on websites. Although I don't mind not being able to work long hours on the computer. My back and hip still won't take it and complain vociferously if I'm too long in this computer chair.
One reason we decided to go to the Okanagan when we did, aside from a funeral to go to and to visit my Mother-in-law in hospital, was because the weather forecast looked so great. We couldn't take the dogs with us this time as we might normally because we don't have a canopy on 'Dirt Brown' (the new truck) yet. That meant picking a few days where the weather was good so that our neighbour wouldn't have to worry about the dogs getting too cold. As it turned out, we missed a gorgeous week of sunshine and warm temperatures and no snow. All good for the dogs left behind but it kind of sucked for us. Not that it wasn't reasonably warm at around freezing down in the Okanagan, but with the exception of Friday which was a glorious day, it was foggy and cloudy and distinctly chilly. Just not the kind of weather we're used to, but at least we got to stay at our friends' place who are our neighbours up here in summer, and that's always great fun!
We got back on Monday night and got one last wonderful day in the weatherman's package before it turned kind of gungy. Not that we can really complain because even though it might have been nicer while we were gone, it's still coming up to around freezing during the day. It's just that it's going anywhere from -19C to -13C in the night and we've had a lot of cloud for the past couple of days and it doesn't warm up as it might otherwise.
We've been walking dogs since we got back and can see that the otter is still making his rounds in the back woods and there's lots of sign that the little wildlife out there is enjoying the warmer weather. My bird feeder has just been loaded with birds for the past few days. There are Grosbeaks, redpolls, chickadees and some kind of finch out there all day doing a mass attack on the bird seed and driving the cat nuts.
We still don't have a lot of snow on the ground compared to the last two years. There might be a foot at most but we also have bare spots on our lawn. If we're really, really lucky, it will stay this way and we might have less chance of flooding this spring. However, I was reading the blog last written on this machine 14 months ago and saw that I was busy talking about how little snow we had mid-December. If you recall, we got whacked in January and February last year. Still, we've made it past the first week of February, haven't had any real winter to complain about and the days are getting longer. The difference in sundown is significant and noticeable now and can really can make a difference from here on in.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's posts at January Week Four
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Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




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Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Birds circle a bird feeder in winter.
 
Yellows and blues in the sky.
 
Sunrise going east on Highway 20 toward Williams Lake.
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