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Wilderness Adventures - June, Week 2/2013

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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19/06/2013 9:30 PM

Some Things Don't Really Change

Sadly, I have to report that last week's blog could have stayed up and pretty much covered this week as well.
I was watching the noon news yesterday and the weather person pointed out that there was a rain warning over a good part of British Columbia including the Chilcotin and said that it was pretty much the same unusual weather pattern as last week. REALLY??? Ya couldn’t change just a little somethin’ somethin’? Between one and two inches of rain was predicted for today, and the same for tomorrow. Usually when they predict that amount we get only half or less, thank heavens, or we would be drowning here. It’s one of those times when you’re glad the weather people are wrong.
I think that we are beginning to become Lower Mainland people. If you don’t go out into the rain you won’t get anything done and it’s true. Except that I think the Lower Mainland has been getting better weather than we have.
We finally did get our manure raked out over the lawn. Andy spent a good hard day at it on Saturday while I was gone to Prince George and we both got it finished, rolled, seeded, and peat moss spread over top on Sunday. It was spitting rain pretty much the whole time but at least we were finished and put sprinklers on by the time the rain became a deluge as it does pretty much every afternoon. Sprinklers? Who needs sprinklers? We certainly haven’t needed them since seeding which is extremely unusual. Now if we could get a little sun and heat…. Or that seed will never germinate.
We had guests in the cabin on Monday and Andy managed to get steps on the one side of the new deck done just in time for them. We actually had a really pretty morning when our guests arrived but about the time they decided to go for a walk the clouds became ominous as they do every afternoon. They were well out on their walk when the deluge came and I was about to send Andy out with the truck looking for them when they made it back to the cabin very wet and chilled. I felt so sorry for them but this is just totally unreliable weather and there's not a single solitary thing that we can do about it. At least they got to see the mountains before the storm moved in and the fog socked things in the next morning.
Yesterday also started out nice once the fog cleared, and the sun shone long enough for the lawn to dry out slightly. I started out the morning cleaning the cabin but all of a sudden it was looking like another storm was moving in and I rushed out to cut the lawn before it rained. It was still wet but I raised the blade on the old ride’em and got the ‘hay field’ cut down while Andy used the weed eater before it started to pour yet again. I went down to the greenhouse to check on the tomatoes in the afternoon and a bunch of them were on the verge of collapse. It was really, really hot in the greenhouse from a combination of the sun we got in the morning and the high humidity. I guess the tomato plants were in shock from the heat and just couldn’t take it. I managed to get the greenhouse cooled down even though it was 19C or 66F before the first rainstorm hit and the plants look a lot better today. It just shows how cool it’s been overall with yesterday’s high temps being very unusual. This is just the weirdest weather.
We had pretty good thunder and lightning storms move in one after another yesterday especially just after supper when a big one rolled over us. I love lightning shows and listening to thunder but this is getting too regular.
And of course it rained hard…..
Today we were trying to get the steps for the long side of the deck built until rain finally forced us to take our tools in out of the wet. I decided I wasn’t going to waste the day and got a few plants transplanted out and a bunch of weeding done in the rain. The weeds are loving all this wet and are going hell bent for election while most of my perennials are just sitting there in their soggy soil looking bedraggled and feeling sorry for themselves. It sure is easy to find worms, though and my worm container is topped to overflowing for whenever we have time to go fishing.
Speaking of which, I have to admit there are some hard core fishing people out there. There’s the odd group that you’ll see out on the lake even though it’s dripping wet with humidity, determined to fish, at least until the thunder starts reverberating over the water. Then everyone kind of scuttles in and you can't blame them a bit. I wouldn't be out there with that thunder and lightning under any circumstances. I don't need to be the high point on the water. :-)
The single loon is still patrolling our front bay staying close to the parent sitting on the nest. We've had a couple of big boats flying by making some sizable waves so I'm hoping everything is okay. But as Andy said, with this cold, rainy weather, it seems highly unlikely that babies will survive when they hatch. I think that we will also have a very poor grouse year. We had all kinds of grouse around this past winter but the chicks don’t normally survive a cold, wet spring. There is also a lot of fox around this year and that won’t help the bird population much.
I'll tell you what we do have are some remarkable mushrooms showing up. Wow! Dinner plate sized units and some odd colors are appearing now and I guess that means the morels should be along soon. Since the bugs aren’t all that bad yet I would love to go out and pick some. Usually this time of year the mosquitoes make it impossible to get out into the bush but if we can get around the chore list for a few hours…. Oh, yeah, what am I thinking? That’s pretty much impossible.
At least with this weather everything is as green as green can be. I drove down to Tatlayoko Valley about ten days ago and the fields and trees were so bright and clean it was surreal. The same with going up to Prince George last weekend. Everything kind of jumps out at you as you're driving because all the colors of green are so bright. The cattle and horses had a good winter this year and are having an even better spring. Everyone will be fat and sassy by fall, that's for sure. But boy, the water is really creeping up everywhere. The streams and rivers are just rocking along and the lake has come up a foot since this rain started and doesn't look to be going down any time soon. At least it keeps the bugasaurs at bay!
Have a soggy first day of summer tomorrow, for those of you in BC, folks!
You’ll find the last week's of blog at June Week One.


Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




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Loon cruises the water.
 
A tiny pink rock garden plant blooms profusely.
 
Cattle turned out onto open range along the highway.
 
A stream rushes under the bridge on Tatlayoko Road.
 
Bright green fields with mountains behind.
 
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