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Wilderness Adventures - Feb., Week 4/2013

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!
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22/02/2013 4:30 PM

Sideways Blizzard

The 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 don’t think it even made it one or two degrees below freezing and it’s 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 there’s no snow here!”
You know…. When are people gonna learn not to tempt Mother Nature?
He went to Anahim Lake and wasn’t 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 couldn’t even see halfway across the lake to the island. Thankfully, it didn’t last more than half an hour and the wind blew most of it away, but I sure wouldn’t 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 we’re 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. We’ve noticed before that he gets hot really easily and that he just loves being outside in the snow. I just can’t 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 don’t 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 ago.
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. That’s not February weather so I keep waiting for the hammer to drop.
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. They’re not moving until they’re moving and they’re not doing it until it’s 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 I’m 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. It’s how I know that we’re nearly to March now because there’s only a couple of weeks in the fall and again in the spring where I’ll 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. That’s the best feeling in the world, when you’ve 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 we’re into Daylight Savings time. Yee Haw! How to make my day and ruin Andy’s!
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 saying…. Well why don’t we just reuse it? I know that reusing it would have been a horrible job to execute so that’s probably why it’s 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 company!
You’ll 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 you’ll have to go to the menu to the left to find the 2012 blogs.

Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




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White dog in a white out.
 
Two flags blow in a hard wind and snow.
 
People around a fire on Nimpo Lake ice fishing.
 
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