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Wilderness Adventures - May, Week One/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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02/05/2013 11:10 AM

Spring..... hmm

Our weather has been absolutely nothing to write home about. Right now I’m sitting here in the house writing a blog instead of being outside, for two reasons. For one, I am absolutely not looking forward to either of the obnoxious jobs I have on my agenda today, and second, it’s really not great out there. At least at this point in time there isn’t a howling wind as there has been for the past few days, but it is heavily overcast and the temperature has only come up two degrees in the past three hours up to a whole 5C. I know that if the sun was shining I would be facing my chores more head on rather than hiding from them but it isn’t, so between the grey weather and the nasty jobs, it’s all kind of blah and hard to get motivated.
For about a week now the weather has been typical spring weather for this area, with a lot of high wind. That means that even if the temperature makes it up to a reasonable number like the high of 10C or 50F yesterday, it still feels really chilly because the wind is riding over a lake that just came out from under ice and that water is cold! Our nights have been dropping down this past week with the temperature at –9C or 16F a couple of nights ago and it hasn’t really gone up most days except when the sun has been shining and we’ve been getting some of that, but not a lot.
All this week the weather forecasters have been promising stunning weather for central and southern BC with the exception of today when it was supposed to be cloudy and rainy everywhere. I don’t know what weather pattern we’re in but today looks just like every other day except that so far, the wind isn’t blowing for once. It does look like it’s going to rain, which would not be a good thing. Andy and our neighbour started on the re-roofing of the cabin this week based on the weather forecast of good weather. Obviously trusting weather forecasters in this instance has not worked out well. It will probably take a week to do the whole roof so a predicted week long stretch of good weather is certainly a good piece of luck, if it happens. Unfortunately…. It seems to be happening for the south coast but not us even though according to the weather, we were to get the good stuff. Mind you, our area isn’t the only one that has taken the brunt of poor weather forecasting. No one called the snow that hit the mountain passes a couple of days ago, particularly on the Coquihalla. Up to 80cm or 32 inches of snow in some places. How the heck do you miss that? We’re not talking flurries here, folks! There was enough of a dump that the pass was closed for a day, first from snow fall, then again because of spun out vehicles and bad accidents blocking the highway, then closed again for poor visibility up at the snow shed. That was certainly an unexpected little surprise for everyone. Even worse, apparently because of the system used by Highways and the RCMP for calling out tow trucks, none of the wrecks from the accidents were cleared as quickly as they should have been and they blocked traffic from being able to continue on. Clearly the transportation Ministry needs to improve on their system.
We got a little blizzard the other night with snow that stayed on the ground for a while the next day, only because it was just too cold to melt. Overall, however, we’re pretty dry this spring. We did get a number of small snow falls for a ten day period a little while back but none of them amounted to much. Most of the local runoff has stopped now so anything swelling the rivers and bringing up the level in the lake is from elevations higher up. There is more snow on the mountains now than there was in the middle of this winter when we had that inversion for so long, but it’s melting now, albeit slowly. The Itcha Ilgatchuz Ranges are a bright white still and every time you look at them they seem to have acquired a fresh mantle of snow. That’s a good thing for fire season since that’s such a bad area for lightening strikes and the resulting forest fires.
Regardless of the poor weather, things are livening up around here since the ice went off of Nimpo Lake. We've even had the odd floatplane go over. The loons have been calling on a regular basis and many have paired up already. When I went to bed last night I could hear the loons talking to each other through the bedroom window and I have to admit, it’s one of the nicest lullabies ever to go to sleep to. Andy watched one catch a fish out in front of the house the other day and we've seen fish jumping out there when the water has been calm. The Osprey has been on his regular hunt overhead and the immature Bald Eagles have been tormenting the loons as usual. The maniacal chatter of the Flickers has been reverberating around the neighbourhood and the odd woodpecker has been drilling whatever there is around that will send his drumming to bring a mate in. I’m pretty sure I saw a hummingbird zoom by me the other day so I’ll have to get a feeder out for him as well. It’s been a lot quieter around here this winter and spring without a bird feeder out, but I didn’t see any point in providing an easy buffet for the cat. It became pretty apparent last summer that he had grown up to be a ferocious killer when it came to birds and since he’s not the kind of cat you can get away with locking up inside, it meant taking away the incentive for visiting birds. It’s too bad because I really like having lots of song birds around, but we still have some robins and a few small birds that hang out in the shrubs that the cat hasn’t been able to get to, so now he has his eye on ducks. The other day I caught him trying to sneak up on some ducks that had paddled in fairly close to shore. He was pretty teed off when they spotted him and took off. I think that’s why he came in soaking wet last year when he was trying to go after the loons. He gets so caught up in the hunt that when he dives for the birds, he doesn’t realize that he’s become airborne over water and that he's gotta land somewhere. That doesn’t make him the brightest cat in the universe, but at least when he’s occupied going after water birds that he doesn’t have a hope of getting he’s leaving the song birds alone.
My ugly jobs outside are not going to go away and they certainly are not going to get done by themselves, and most certainly no one else is going to volunteer to go do them for me, so I had best wrap this up. Gardening is supposed to be fun and therapeutic and all that stuff but sometimes when it’s heavy, dusty, nasty work it just seems like drudgery. But hey, it would be a lot worse if I had to do it in the bugs and the season for those critters will be here soon enough.
Oh, just one thing more. I had this site moved to a different server about two weeks ago, but what I didn't realize was that the emails were effected. So for those of you that may have tried to write any time after April 17, if you didn't get an answer back, please write again. Thank you.
Happy month of May, everyone!
You’ll find the last week's of blog at April Week Three.


Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a 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 of the iceberg, so join me!


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Blue water with cold white mountains behind.
 
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