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 4/2013
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weather certainly has been all over the place! Just a
couple of nights ago it was down to nearly 20C or
4F while last night I dont think it even made
it one or two degrees below freezing and its been
above freezing all day today.
This morning started out with the sun shining when I got
up but you could see a thick haze moving in just over
the mountains. The wind has been howling all day with
heavy, low cloud obscuring the sun off and on. We watched
the weather on the news at noon and while the weather
people warned of snow through a lot of the province, Andy
said, Well theres no snow here!
. When are people gonna learn not to tempt
He went to Anahim Lake and wasnt gone five
minutes when we had a blizzard coming in sideways. And
I mean sideways! There was no snow coming down
vertically. None. It was all driving in sideways on the
wind and you couldnt even see halfway across the
lake to the island. Thankfully, it didnt last more
than half an hour and the wind blew most of it away, but
I sure wouldnt have wanted to see what happened
if it lasted any length of time. I went out to check on
the dogs because the snow would have been blowing right
toward two of them in their doghouses. They were curled
right up inside with no sign of even their noses, but
the husky cross dog were fostering was outside in
the storm even though he has the most protected house
of all. He was laying right out in the driveway
in the wind with his paws crossed looking perfectly comfortable.
Weve noticed before that he gets hot really easily
and that he just loves being outside in the snow. I just
cant imagine how difficult it must be for those
breeds to be in hot climates.
Andy had to go out and plow the ice road over to Nimpo
when he got home because it was already drifting badly.
I dont know if it will need to be done again tomorrow
morning but it seems likely if this wind keeps up. At
least the weather men warned of these winds a day or so
Last night a while after supper I stepped outside for
a few moments to give the foster dog his medicine and
was surprised to see the moon. The temperature was still
sitting at just above freezing so I figured there must
be thick cloud for it to be that warm outside, but instead
there was the moon with a big, hazy moon dog around it,
stars shining and a pleasant breeze blowing. Thats
not February weather so I keep waiting for the hammer
Yesterday we went for a long walk down to the gun range
and I was so pleased to see animal tracks on the back
trail in the woods. For the first time this winter we
saw a whack of rabbit tracks in going up and down the
trail in one spot, a set of fox tracks, coyote, and a
even some squirrel tracks. In fact the dogs went roaring
off the trail at one point and I heard the surprised chirp
of a squirrel as he scurried up a tree. We even saw Ptarmigan
or grouse tracks along the road. Finally, things
are moving around. I would have expected it long
ago with this stretch of warm weather but maybe the fur
bearing animals are just a lot smarter than we are. Theyre
not moving until theyre moving and theyre
not doing it until its time. It was cool to see,
anyway. I was having visions of a Silent Spring
for the lack of movement in the woods this year.
Right now Im sitting in my office with the
sun shining right onto the side of my face which
makes it virtually impossible to see the computer screen.
Its how I know that were nearly to March now
because theres only a couple of weeks in the fall
and again in the spring where Ill still be working
at my desk before making supper when the sun hits that
spot and I either have to quit or stuff something into
the window so that I can see. Otherwise, for the entire
winter I never see the sun in my office. So this is my
little indicator that spring might only be a month or
two away. It might be four months away too, but I prefer
not to think about that possibility.
Two nights ago I was sitting at my desk when the sun went
down over the mountains at 20 minutes after five. Thats
the best feeling in the world, when youve made it
over the nine hours of sun a day mark. Now we
just have to make it for another two weeks or so and were
into Daylight Savings time. Yee Haw! How to make my day
and ruin Andys!
The grinding on the guest cabin logs is completely done
and it looks wonderful. Now we just have to go on a shopping
trip to buy the pricey protector that has to be painted
onto the logs and the fancy newfangled modern chinking,
which costs a fortune! I really liked the molding that
was used as chinking over the insulation between the logs
before, but in order to make the loss of that a permanent
thing, Andy broke it all up for kindling as he took it
off the cabin. I think that was to keep me from
. Well why dont we just reuse it?
I know that reusing it would have been a horrible job
to execute so thats probably why its kindling
now. Still, the price of the chinking alone just blows
me out of the water and the protective layers to be painted
onto the logs is just as expensive. I think we need to
buy shares in Sikkens. I want to be a stockholder in that
Youll find last week's blog at February
Week Three but for any of the older
postings, this is the start of a new year so youll
have to go to the menu to the left to find the 2012 blogs.
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
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the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!