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Wilderness Adventures - June, Week One/2011

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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06/06/2011 7:35 PM

Minnows On Our Lawn

Sorry about getting held up on a new blog for the past week, folks. This tourism guide I've been working on for the past five months is still chasing me around the block. I figured once I got it out in the mail last Monday, I was done with it other than to see proofs. The proofs came in on the plane Friday so that meant I had to go pick them up and since our program coordinator wanted to see them immediately, my afternoon was pretty much shot down in flames. It was too bad too, because I got up that morning to a glorious day. Our first without a cloud in the sky for weeks or months and I decided that day was mine to spend outside. Not so. The weekend was spent outside planting and inside going over the ruddy proofs and Sunday evening I sent an email to the printers saying I signed off. Done! Nope, not good enough. I was informed this morning that the proofs had to be sent back down, each and every page signed and dated, even though time is of the essence and there is a distance factor here. So I fired off to the airport in Anahim Lake yet again, shooting down another whole morning. Now I get an email informing me that there will be almost 350 boxes totalling a weight of 10,500 pounds, half of which we have to hand bomb off the freight truck next week. Are you kidding me? This thing is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
I don't know how we're going to find enough people to help, but I'm going to start eating my Shreddies!
We've gotten pretty lucky with the weather lately. Last week, the lake seemed to stabilize a bit. It wasn't coming up anymore, but it wasn't going down either. Then the day before last we noticed a difference on our various 'markers' around the yard and in the past couple of days, the lake level has dropped significantly. While it's actually only gone down a few inches, it has gone out on our lawn probably between two and a half and three feet. Andy can now get to our docks with just rubber boots on instead of hip waders, and the rocks on our fire pit out front are actually starting to show through the water. The one neighbour's driveway is now above lake water and it's slowly starting to recede on our closest neighbour's driveway, although it has a way to go there and he still has minnows chasing each other back and forth across the road. Although we can hardly laugh. We've had minnows chasing each other through the water on our lawn and we had a pair of ducks paddling around there yesterday. In the picture up on the right you can see the male duck looking for tasty treats on our lawn inside the bird feeder post, which is still under water. The creatures all certainly seem to like the flooded shallows. Maybe there's more food or they feel more secure?
It will be a while before we get back to normal water levels but at least the weather has been helping to that end. A good part of last week was warm and sunny and starting Friday, it really started to heat up with a clear sunny day and warm air but no afternoon thunderstorms for a change. We've also had a warm breeze for the past few days and that's gone a long way to evaporating moisture. We do have some stuff that's supposed to start moving in tonight, but that's actually a good thing. I've got to get some tomatoes planted into the neighbour's greenhouse but with the sun, the heat inside is just murderous. Some cloudy weather would be good for that. I've got the tomatoes planted in my own greenhouse now and the cages in but even while trying to revamp the irrigation system in there yesterday I thought I was going to pass out. We have not had any warm weather at all this spring, so when we get slammed with temps in the high teens it's a real shock to the system. Throw in a hot, humid greenhouse, and it'll flatten you, so I'll have to wait for cooler temperatures or a cloudy day to finish up in both greenhouses.
I was over Anahim Lake way last Thursday and the flooding has created some serious problems there. Some places have sand bagged along the Dean, but on the lake where there's just too much property, a good bit of it is under water where it's low. All along Christensen Road past the Stampede grounds there's a fair bit of water lying in the ditches. In some places, just a few more inches of water and the road will start washing out. (Apparently it did a week ago.) If a lot of snow starts melting up in the Itcha Illgatchuz Range, Corkscrew Creek is going to get even meaner than it is already and the road just might wash out. I think water levels in Anahim Lake will continue to climb as well because even though the Dean River should start stabilizing soon, the Corkscrew for sure and possibly Natsadalia, drain higher elevations and all flow into Anahim. Still, the fun won't really start until the snow begins melting all over the province. One of the ski hills is still open down on the Lower Mainland, (Seymour, I think) something I'm pretty sure is unheard of for this time of year and just a reminder of how much snow fell this winter and spring.
Don't forget the following notice for the Bella Coola Hill.

Interior roads: Hwy 20 will be closed May 25 – June 12 in the following location for work on the hill, with 2 daily openings.
Closed area: 77 km E of Bella Coola to 101km E of Bella Coola Openings: 6 – 7:30am and 6 – 7:30 pm.
This is the start of a new week/month so you'll find last month's blog at May Week One..





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Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Duck pair swimming.
 
Duck on the lawn.
 
Excavator fixes the bridge approach.
 
High water on Nimpo Lake covers our dock ramps.
 
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