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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 - May, Week 2/2014
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Rain, Sun, You Name It!
I know, its been a long time between blogs, folks.
But its spring!
Other than a one day run into Williams Lake and another
down to Bella Coola Ive been outside every single
day since the last blog and too pooped to pop in the evenings.
There has been no thought of doing anything but mindlessly
curling up on the couch until bed time after some long,
The only reason I have the energy for a blog tonight is
because Andy didnt work down at the other end of
the lake today so we had a fairly easy day of it putting
up tongue and groove on our shop wall.
Then I went to go for my walk this afternoon and
only made it a short way before being drenched by an absolute
deluge. I decided I was only doing the mile and
a half and started to really move out, making it near
the road just in time to see Andy go whipping by with
the truck, obviously looking for me. I was only a quarter
mile from home when he caught up to me and we loaded the
wet and bedraggled dogs in the back and the wet and bedraggled
me in the front. So I actually havent had enough
hard, physical exercise today to be excused from writing
a blog, but be warned, it might be the last for a little
while again. For those of you that read this you know
that trying to beat the bug season means going full bore
on projects until the pesky little critters take over
So far, since that little two day snow fall we had
there before ice off, we havent seen much in the
way of mosquitoes. Theres the odd one that
lands and bites but theyre the big, slow ones so
you can usually get them easily enough. However, it started
to rain yesterday evening, rained all night and a good
part of the day today. If it warms up after this it might
just be hell on wheels because the buggers will be out
in force if its humid.
We have had three quarters of an inch of rain in
less than 24 hours which is a heck of a lot for us,
but surprisingly, the ground has been soaking it up. Ive
been digging quite a few fence post holes in three different
spots in the past week and the ground hasnt been
terribly dry, but it hasnt been super wet either
for just coming out of Break Up
. Testament to our
small snow load this past winter.
We had some thunder and lightning yesterday and weathermen
were calling for it for a good bit of the province so
this rain will help to dampen any possible forest fires
started by lightning, especially since some parts of the
province were getting quite dry.
We have had a pretty nice run of stable weather
for the past ten days, although none of our temperatures
have hit the highs we enjoyed a few weeks ago. I think
we made it up to 20C or 68F yesterday but most days weve
ranged between 15C and 18C and rarely gone anywhere near
freezing at night. Unfortunately, we havent seen
a lot of sun past noon each day because it usually clouds
over. On the one hand its nice if youre working
outside, but on the other, until we got this rain nothing
was growing at all. In just one day the lawns have
greened up, the leaves have started popping out on the
aspens and willows, and some of my perennials have grown
about four inches overnight, I swear. More often
than not it clears off at night but clouds over during
the day, so it kind of sets everything back. For that
matter, down at the other end of the lake where Andy is
helping out a neighbour, theyre finding frost not
that far down in the ground. That isnt unheard of
but it indicates that this definitely isnt going
to be an early spring!
While down in the Bella Coola Valley this week we
were really surprised to see absolutely no sign of bears
there. It wasnt until we started back up
the Hill that we started seeing them. First a black bear,
then Big Red was out part way up the Hill a little lower
than his normal territory, and then a little farther up
was this enormous black. He was huge! He
also seemed to be in the same area we have often seen
Big Red so Im wondering if he took over and pushed
the red bear down the hill a bit. I also didnt see
Shaggy with Red but that doesnt necessarily mean
anything. Hes pretty small and so scruffy that he
tends to blend in with the shrubbery. I kind of
thought one reason we werent seeing any sign of
bears in the Valley was because everything down there
is a little behind in spring by a couple of weeks.
But there isnt a lot for the bears to eat up on
the Hill and yet there were three bears trying to scrounge
grass and clover along the road so I have no idea where
the bears are down in Bella Coola.
Early spring or not, our events go on. This weekend
is the sixth annual Nimpo Lake Fishing Derby and Ive
seen a few die hard fisherpersons out on the lake sitting
in the rain since this morning. That finishes
up tomorrow and then next weekend is the Annual Canoe
Race from Nimpo Lake to Anahim Lake on the Dean River.
Thats always a fairly hilarious event and my sister
from Williams Lake still tells everyone about how beers
are thrown from the bridges to paddlers sometimes beaning
them on the head, sometimes holing the canoes, often landing
in the water, or breaking open in the canoes and spraying
beer all over. Presumably the beers that survive
the landing into the canoes get drank on the way
while the beers that land in the water get collected by
the last paddlers, who can make out pretty well on their
haul. They dont have to buy any booze for the weekend,
The event ends with a dinner at the Anahim Lake Community
center and usually a dance after presentation of the prizes.
By the way, anyone can enter so if one of you hardy souls
would like to compete, you certainly can, even if you
dont have a canoe. Often someone is willing to loan
you one just to widen the field. Just keep in mind that
the water you are canoeing over just came out from under
ice so its mighty cold if you fall in!
While I am on the subject of events, there is an Artisan
Fair on at Tatla Lake on May 31st from 10 to 4. Chinese
Lunch, Various Crafters, multi garage sales, burger and
hotdogs, bake sale, or set up your own booth. It's free!
Well, Ive just spent nearly two hours fighting
with my computer because it decided it needed a rest.
Ive finally gotten it going again and now I
need a rest, so Im quitting. Ill try to get
back on and post the blog more often but if the weathers
nice, no guarantees! And dont forget if you dont
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Week One .
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
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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