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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 - June, Week 2/2013
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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 couldnt
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. Its one of those times when
youre glad the weather people are wrong.
I think that we are beginning to become Lower Mainland
people. If you dont go out into the rain you
wont get anything done and its 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
havent needed them since seeding which is extremely
unusual. Now if we could get a little sun and
. 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 rideem 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 couldnt
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 its been overall with yesterdays
high temps being very unusual. This is just the weirdest
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
wasnt 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. Theres the odd group
that youll see out on the lake even though its
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 dont normally
survive a cold, wet spring. There is also a lot of fox
around this year and that wont help the bird population
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 arent 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
yeah, what am I thinking? Thats 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
Have a soggy first day of summer tomorrow, for those of
you in BC, folks!
Youll find the last week's of blog at June
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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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