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Wilderness Adventures - Feb., Week 3/2012

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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25/02/2012 8:15 PM

Winter's Back!

I guess I was a bit too yappy and smug about the weather in the last blog. Mother Nature decided to whack us. Actually, more like a little spank, not really a big whack, but a reminder nevertheless as to who is actually the climate boss.
It started snowing Thursday night and was still sprinkling a bit by Friday morning with a low, leaden sky. That put about four inches of snow on the ground. It started sprinkling tiny little flakes again last night which added another inch or so to what had landed the day before. That's still not bad but we were laughing last night about not having winter and now it's starting. I hope that isn't a harbinger of the year to come because last year started out the same way. We didn't get spring until late June and summer until September.
The temperatures have still been pretty reasonable so far with only one cold night this week and it's been warming up to freezing or above. Today was the exception because there's an arctic front sweeping down from the north that's going to envelope most of the province. The temperature never climbed above -4.5C or 24F today and as soon as the sun set it started dropping. I expect we'll see it drop to around -20C over the two days. Then it's supposed to stay cool until the weekend when it warms up again.
At least the less than attractive weather has been perfect for encouraging inside work. We've been bravely wielding paint brushes this past week, painting walls and trim and generally freshening the place up. It's been 12 years since it was built and though the walls looked good, I decided they should be painted before installing the door and window trim. As I've mentioned before, my work computer is still kaput and if I'm not working on the computer, then guess what? Something else is going to get done and I think that poor Andy is now counting the days to when I get my computer back. He's always happy at first when my computer blows up because then we can spend more time together. But usually within a couple of days he's rudely reminded that I'm a brutal taskmaster, or in his words, slave driver, when it comes to household or yard projects.
We're both really bad for not 'noticing' things that need to be done around the house or outside, and I'm particularly bad because I'm usually working on the computer so I just don't see things. But if I'm 'Puterless' and have to emerge from my office for a long period of time, run for the hills because all of a sudden, I'm going to start taking note of things that need to be done. Unfortunately, the things I suddenly notice are generally not small projects like a good dusting or window cleaning, or hanging a picture. No....... Instead it generally involves a lot of time and/or money, carpentry, heavy machinery or equipment, and of course, a multi-skilled craftsman for a partner, which, fortunately, I possess. I am so very lucky, and I know it. Unfortunately, he is not, as he possesses me, a perfectionist and a harridan. But Andy's patient and puts up with me. However, I'm pretty sure that he's secretly praying hard for that computer to come back fast! :-)
Still, the amount of work we've gotten done this week is immense and I'm really pleased with how things are looking. There's still loads more to do but I ran out of paint and won't have more now until Andy gets back from town on Monday. Painting is a funny thing. I actually do not like to paint, but it does get hold of you. The walls look so fresh and bright when you're done that you start painting walls that you never intended to until suddenly you get to the point where everything's a target. If it doesn't move, you paint it.
Trouble, our grown up kitten, is a little miffed at all the goings on. Like most cats, it would appear that he doesn't like change and he's been doing a lot of checking around and sniffing all the newly painted stuff. Today he got me back. I had painted a window sill and was working on the second one with my back to the first when he decided to go touring. I ended up having to redo the first window sill after he set neat cat tracks in the paint down the center of it. He's lucky I didn't decide to give him a skunk's stripe in white down the middle of his back.
Ted Hlokoff sent me some more great photos of he and his friend Dave Morin snowmobiling last week. You'll find them up on the right. The blue ice at the top is on Goat Lake.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's posts at February Week Two
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Anahim 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!


Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Large chunks of broken blue lake ice.
 
Carving snow on an Arctic Cat.
 
Man in orange suit in deep snow on orange Arctic Cat.
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