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 - Feb., Week 3/2012
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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
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
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
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
posts at February
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!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!