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Wilderness Adventures - March, Week 1/2010

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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02/03/2010 7:12 PM

The Olympics

The Olympics are finally over, at least until the second leg. Not that you would actually know it from watching television. The BC news channels are still beating it to death determined to draw the last succulent juices they can out of the Olympics. I guess you can't blame them but it certainly cuts my TV watching down. I'm all for watching athletes. Not all for watching talking heads go over, and over, and over the same thing.
Canadian athletes have my full admiration. 14 gold medals. Wow! That, apparently, is a record so they did awesome. Only barely helped by the men's hockey team. Geez. What was up with that?
The Canadian men were playing great until the last of the third period when apparently they forgot to play hockey. I mean, the US plowed a puck into the Canadians' empty goal net the last time the two teams played and Canada lost. So why in heaven's name could not the Canadians have done the same when the US pulled their goalie in the last couple of minutes of the third? But no. The Canadians would flip the puck down the ice in hopes it would stay there but no effort was actually made that I could see to take it down the ice in person and actually put it into the empty US net. So.... the doorknobs had to go to overtime. Fortunately, someone must have reminded them that they still had a hockey game to play and they actually did a good job of it when they came back out for the fourth period. Still, they just managed to pull that gold out of their hat. Personally, I would have laughed if the Canadian women's team had given them a good drubbing again, but I'm sure it would have really disappointed a lot of Canadian hockey fans including our avid fans around here.
I guess the problem I have with the men's team is that they aren't amateurs. Most everyone else competing in the Olympics would still fit under the 'amateur' banner. But the Canadian men's team is made up of hand picked, overpaid prima donnas. As is the US team. There's nothing amateur about players that make millions of dollars during their NHL seasons, so what are they doing on an Olympic team? I realize that the amateur rules were pretty much abandoned in the 1990's. But it seems a shame because it belies the original spirit of the Olympic games and puts many countries that can't field an NHL style team at a distinct disadvantage.
Let me put my thoughts even more clearly. I didn't mind Wayne Gretsky getting soaking wet taking the torch down to the harbour at all. I figured every hockey team loaded with NHL players should have been put out in that rain and left there.
But aside from my personal feelings about the men's hockey team, the Canadian competitors did a marvelous job. They came in third in the medal standings at 26, and of course broke the record for gold medals in any game at 14, five more than the US and four more than Germany, which was second place in overall medal standings. Maybe the IOC announcement a week ago that the Canadians were not going to 'Own the podium' was just a ploy to galvanize the Canadian competitors? Nah.... most were really upset and disappointed in what the IOC said, many viewing it as a slap in the face. More likely they felt a little bit more relaxed with less pressure put on them, went out there and decided, "Game on!" In any case, I believe they did a fine job of 'Owning the podium' by doing it Canadian style. Quality beats out quantity any day.
Next.... the Paralympics. More talking heads, and smug politicians. Yeesh. However, I do look forward to seeing the Paralympics athletes compete. I don't think I've ever watched them before so it might be interesting. Or if this fine weather keeps up, it might be gardening outside time and no time for television.
Our weather is absolutely amazing. The temperature has been ranging around 7 or 8C or 46F in the shade, and much warmer in the sun, and some nights it hasn't gone much below freezing. Our layer cake of snow inside our log fence is finally settling to where you can actually see the logs. We no longer have two feet of snow on the ground since it's settled quite a bit. Not that you can't still fill your boots with snow if you step off the track.
Yesterday we drove down to Bella Coola for the day and at one point the truck thermometer registered 17C or 62F. It was super warm! I saw with envy that there were little bulbs up at the restaurant in Bella Coola, some perennials blooming, and fat buds on a lilac bush. Of course, Vancouver is even farther ahead with cherry blossoms out on the trees. Last year they were so late that there were no blossoms for the cherry blossom festival. There probably won't be this year either because they will all have bloomed already.
This warm system seems to be pretty massive and very stable, covering the whole province with temperatures from central BC to the border nearly the same from town to town. Even our temperatures are keeping pace with Williams Lake's when we're usually so much colder, especially this time of year. Suits me. We still have lots of snow for snowmobiling and will for a while yet, so the sledders should stay happy.

01/03/2010 12:38 PM

2010 Nimpo Lake Poker Run

Saturday saw a pretty decent turnout for the snowmobile Poker Run, although not as big as we had hoped. There were probably a couple of reasons for that. First of all, a lot of people probably wanted to stay home and watch the Olympics since there were several events important to Canada being played out. We normally get people from Tatla Lake but since they were having their own poker run on Sunday, that may have been why we saw no one from there. I'm not sure how good their own turnout would have been with the gold medal hockey game on. Most people were going to be staying glued to their TV's for the afternoon. Sadly, we only got one person from Anahim Lake this year when we usually get lots. But again, I think that the Olympics had a part in that.
In any case, everyone said that the smaller group of 20 people was much easier to keep track of on the poker run. The group left the public boat launch on Nimpo Lake Saturday morning and made their way to Charlotte Lake in time for lunch put on by Chris and Linda Mclean. A wonderful feast from all accounts and apparently everyone fueled up heavily on chili, hot-dogs and smokies. Which is why it surprised me that anyone had room for burgers and potato salad Saturday afternoon when they arrived back to the location of the New Year's Ice Party on Nimpo Lake. It was a good thing people still had appetites though. Leah and I way misjudged the number of burgers to make so there was lots left over. I made the same mistake with the potato salad so everyone I can pawn it off on will be eating potato salad for ages. At least the leftover burgers that were uncooked are in the freezer now and we'll use them for a clean up party being planned for the area surrounding the community hall.
We had a big bonfire on the lake. Thanks to Len and John for getting that going and to John for cooking the burgers. We had a nice crowd and we all got to enjoy a breathtaking sunset from the ice. But surprisingly, everyone was pretty much gone and clean up was done and over with by seven. I guess everyone was tired from being out on machines all day.
Chris Mclean won the poker hand with four queens which was perfect. At least he and Linda were somewhat rewarded for hosting the lunch at Charlotte Lake. Or would have been had he not, as I understand, donated his winnings back to the community association. Boy, we sure have some great people in this, God's country!
The weather has been a little grim the last few days but the temperature has been roaming between 5 and 7C during the day and it hasn't been that cold at night. Saturday actually turned out to be a pretty nice day with mixed cloud and sun. It was a little warm for the mountain sleds and one guy had a problem with his sled overheating. But he was the only one that needed a tow home. All in all, I think it turned out to be a terrific day for everyone. There were certainly a lot of smiles on faces that arrived back at the Nimpo Lake bonfire Saturday afternoon!
Thanks to Ted for sending me some great pictures and to my own partner for patiently taking the camera along and taking pictures for the blog when I can't be there.
This is the start of a new week so the articles for the last week of February including about the Olympics and Avatar can be found at February Week Two.

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Trumpeter swan on ocean.
People waiting to start.
People waiting to go on the Poker run.
Sledders eating lunch.
Overlooking frozen lake and mountains.
Snowmobile riders on ice.
Snowmobile riders in an open meadow.
Snowmobile riders on Nimpo Lake around a fire.
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