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
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Still Waiting on Summer
We are still waiting for summer here. While I know forest
fires can be devastating, particularly to local business,
right now I sure would like to see some hot weather. Really
First of all, the plants could really use some sun and
more importantly, some warmth. My veggies in the
raised boxes are just kind of sitting there looking at
me and shivering in their roots, as they have
been ever since the seeds reluctantly sprouted.
It took a long, long time for anything to even come up
and it's certainly not breaking any records growing. I've
had a few cucumbers that decided to make an appearance.
Only about 9 out of over 50 seeds planted deigned to come
up but most of them still haven't put on their real leaves.
They're just kind of squatting there pondering the dirt,
We built potato boxes this year where you add a
round of boards as the potatoes plants grow taller and
more dirt as you go, similar to hilling potatoes.
But the potato plants haven't even made it to the second
round of boards and there's still another two rounds to
go. In fact, there are still plants just pushing through
the dirt so I'm beginning to think I should have stuck
to tires. I'm sure if this was a hot summer everything
would be much farther ahead than it is, including the
potatoes, but since it isn't.....
But hey! On a good note, I do have tomatoes setting on
the plants in the greenhouse. Not many but enough to make
me a very, very happy camper.
We actually saw some sun yesterday for the whole
day. It dropped to just above freezing the night
before so first thing in the morning with sunshine and
a chill in the air, I could actually work outside, but
by noon, no dice. It had warmed up enough for the bugasaurs
to be out and about. It was still okay if you could stay
in the sun and the breeze. In fact, out in the middle
of the gravel driveway was particularly delightful, and
we were actually able to tolerate the bugs long enough
to get watering done.
Today was a different kettle of fish. It
started out quite nicely with sunshine and some high altitude
haze, but it just got darker and darker and around 2:30
it just poured down the rain, probably because we watered
yesterday. But we had both been talking about going and
getting an ice cream cone up at Nimpo and that might have
done it too. That's the equivalent of hanging out your
laundry or washing the car for guaranteeing an unexpected
rainstorm. In any case, it made for bug heaven so I've
spent the day working on the computer instead.
Evidence of just how cool our spring and early summer
has been can be seen in the photos on the right.
These were taken on the last day of June when the guys
decided to go for a ride up to Goat Lake. No one has been
able to go far this year because it's been so wet and
many of the trails are too muddy or covered with ponds
to ride them. But the route the guys took that day should
have been a fairly easy one although Andy said that just
going on our back trail over to the north end of the lake
was a real trial involving a lot of mud, a lot of water,
and a lot more time than usual.
The guys hit snow when they started climbing up
to Goat Lake and once there they hit huge drifts
that still hadn't melted, although some were soft and
mushy enough that they had to throw brush on them to get
through on the trail. But the weather can't be blamed
entirely. We did have a huge amount of snow last winter
so that would have contributed to the accumulations still
up in the alpine. At least it was too cold up high for
the bugs to bug them too much on their trail ride although
I wouldn't want to bet on that now.
is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's
blog at June
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!