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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 - Mar., Week Two/2013
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The Warm Up
everyone, sorry about the absence but we had to go down
to the Okanagan for more appointments and we decided to
make our run down and back as quick as possible. It all
depended on the weather of course so its nice when
you can be flexible, but we did a 1000 mile round trip
in four days which my back did not like.
However, a couple of glasses of wine and a night back
in ones own bed can fix a multitude of things.
South and central British Columbia is in the bulls
eye for a Pineapple Express thats been streaming
in all the way from the Hawaiian Islands for the
past few days and its had an interesting effect.
It was downright balmy in Kamloops when we hit there on
Sunday night and the temperatures were equally as warm
on Monday when we got to Kelowna, but that night rain
turned to snow and there was an inch or so on the ground
when we got up. Let me tell you, we were not popular because
Im sure our hosts figured we had brought the weather
with us. However, it melted and where we were didnt
get hit nearly as hard as Vernon and other nearby communities.
We chose to fire back home Wednesday because it looked
like roads would be good all the way home and they were.
It was pretty apparent as we drove that the Chilcotin
had also been in line for the warm weather and
when we came back on the main road to our driveway, we
were sliding around a bit on the loon crap that coated
the surface of the road. On our own driveway the truck
was breaking through the snow and ice as we drove up to
the house and got backed in to off load dogs, sundries,
It was still 4C or 39F when we arrived and it never did
go below freezing overnight, probably because it stayed
Today it got up to over 7C or 45F when we went for
our walk which wasnt long. We had to stay
on the road which was muddy and slippery and no way could
we go onto the back trail. We would have been up to our
knees in soft snow because the trail just falls apart
when its this warm. If it cools off again and freezes
it will be a nice hard surface to walk on but it definitely
would not be great if there were these great two foot
deep boot prints frozen in from us trying to walk on it
now when its soft.
It has stayed cloudy all day but weve had a good
wind blowing which is great for taking away moisture from
the snow melt. I cant imagine how much snow would
have melted today had the sun been shining but it was
radical enough as it was. From our driveway going
out with the dogs I saw a great mother of a spider hole
in the lake ice just off our shore. Boy, never
mind that thing swallowing a person, its big enough
for a vehicle to go through! Its probably a good
thing the ice road was closed when it was because a lot
of those things have opened up in the past week and they
are not small this year. So much for cross country skiing
again. Actually, I dont know if I would even go
out on that lake with a snowmobile right now even if there
wasnt overflow. Not until it got a lot colder, anyway.
Right now when you look at the snow on the ice, it's got
that sickly wet look.
The weather forecasters have predicted another couple
of days of this warm air and then its supposed to
cool off on Sunday. It may happen sooner for us.
There is a decided line between the warm front and a cold
front positioned just north of us over Prince George.
They are getting way colder temperatures and snow up there
and its common for cold air there to slide down
over the Chilcotin Plateau. That means we would probably
get snow here because right now, its trying to spit
rain out there if you can believe it. Geez, Break
Up is such a mess. But hey, its not 20 below out
there right now and thats always a good thing.
It sure is a far cry from lawns greening up and flower
bulbs popping their little green leaves up down in the
Okanagan, though. I feel sorry for the poor people in
Calgary. Yesterday their temperatures were at 8C and by
today they were going to be at -8C with snow with it getting
colder throughout the day. That's a little drastic.
Just to let any of you know that like to guess on
the date of ice off for Nimpo Lake, the cut off is the
end of March so get your five dollars in to Leah and Richard
up at the store before then.
have had quite a mix of weather in the past week since
we got home from the Okanagan. It took a few days before
we received that sun that the weather forecasters had
been promising for some time but when we did get it, wow!
Yesterday dawned with a clear blue sky and temperatures
that made it to about 4C or 39 degrees Fahrenheit but
today we hit a whopping 8C or 46F. Admittedly
when the sun went behind a cloud for a while, it dropped
to 7.5C but thats still quite amazing. It shouldnt
be. After all, we are going into the second week of March,
but frankly, with all of that fresh snow on the ground,
it really doesnt feel like were anywhere near
spring yet. Although a wind did come up this afternoon
that definitely felt like one of our spring winds, but
I think that it was also what was bringing in that exceptionally
I remarked yesterday on the Facebook page that I got to
walk on dirt yesterday. Yep, actual bona fide dirt.
Well, clay and gravel actually because thats whats
on the surface of our main road. Yesterday our road started
to thaw out on top and in places where there was a good
crown, it was even semi dry when I walked back on it from
the gun range. Today when I drove out to Nimpo, I noticed
that the road is breaking up more in these warm temperatures
and getting a little muddy. On the one hand thats
the benefit of the grader keeping the snow cleared off
of the roads through the winter
. The road dries
out faster when spring comes, but first you have to get
through break up. I think were all hoping
we dont end up with the mess we had last year where
we and people at the other end of the lake were walking
for over a month. Theres two reasons why
that shouldnt happen again this year. For one, the
highways maintenance guys did a good job of building the
road surface up where it collapsed last year and for another,
we had a long, hot, dry summer last year so even though
we had rain in the fall, the ground was not nearly as
saturated as it was the year before. So, we shall see.
I just know that its wonderful to look out my office
window and see water dripping at a very steady rate off
a great gob of snow thats overhanging the eave on
the house. Make my day!
Its actually surprising that its warming up
during the day as much as it is. While nights werent
too cold there this past week, for the past two
nights the temperature has dropped quite a bit at night.
Last night it went down to 18 or 0F and
if the sun werent shining, Im not sure it
would have warmed up as much or as quickly as it did.
The temperatures are still playing hob with the lake.
Neighbours had to come back early from the poker run and
even though they were riding the berm from the ice road,
they got stuck. I dont know what everyone did this
morning for the poker run. I guess the participants were
lined up over at the boat ramp but I didnt know
that until Andy mentioned it after they were gone. I didnt
even hear them cross the lake as I normally would have
so I didnt get any photos. While we might have considered
going on the ride, we were both loaded up with so much
stuff to do today that there was just no way we could
get away. I'll hunt down some photos from the past few
years maybe to post up on the right.
First thing this morning Andy had to run the Bobcat
over to a resort owners place across the lake who
had come in from the Okanagan planning to cut ice this
weekend. Andy told him a week ago that a lot of
overflow was on the ice and that he would go over and
try to clear it off just before they tried cutting. Well,
he went, and he came back. There was absolutely nothing
that they could do so theyll have to hope that either
all the snow on the lake melts and then freezes hard,
or forget about ice for their ice house this year. Theres
a lot to be said for cutting ice in February like Wilderness
Rim does before overflow becomes a problem on the lake,
something that seems to be happening earlier and earlier
each year when we have heavy snow.
We have our time change this weekend. Dont
forget for those of you that switch to Daylight Savings
Time, we move our clocks forward an hour tonight. Right
now its 5:00 and Ive got a sun thats
still fairly high in the sky shining right on the side
of my face through the window in my office. Tomorrow,
the sun will still be shining when we have supper and
I love it! As usual, it will be the war of the roses
in this house for the next week. While it always
takes me about two weeks to get used to the time change,
I take great joy in the fact that it will still be dark
early in the morning when my other half gets up at his
usual time, just as he takes great joy in me bemoaning
the time change in the fall when suddenly evening dark
comes an hour early. Thats what happens when you
mix a night person with an early morning day person. We
find weird things to bug each other about.
I have a heavy schedule and some commitments this next
week and so I will not be posting a blog for the next
four days, but if you want some interesting reading I
am going to post the address for a page of this blog from
back in 2005 about bears. I had an inquiry recently
from a reader that is thinking of moving to Bella Coola,
which as many of you may know, has a very high black bear
and grizzly bear population. Ive done a
little research and lots of reading over the years about
bears and kind of formed my own opinion about the creatures.
Back in 2005 I wrote articles over the course of six days
about bear attacks and the types of bears that may be
involved in them, as well as a couple of personal stories.
You can find that page at Bear
Attacks. Just remember that the page
has to be read from the top to the bottom rather than
bottom to top as is the case with most of my blogs.
Have a good weekend and Happy Time Change, everyone!
Youll find the last week's of blog at March
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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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
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the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!