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Wilderness Adventures - May, Week 3/2012

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!
If you would like to see pictures of wildlife, mountains, lakes, exciting snowmobiling, events and more, and read some great contributed stories and ongoing blogs, just go into Archives on the lower left side of this page.

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16/05/2012 9:30 PM

The Marvelous Weather

Wow, it wasn't until I looked at the date that I realized how long it's been since I last posted. But then again, we've had absolutely marvelous weather and it's hard to stay inside and in front of the computer. The only reason I'm on the computer now is because I fell off my guest cabin steps on Monday and can't walk particularly well at the moment, so continuing with my chore list outside in glorious weather is off the table for now.
Since the middle of last week we've had really warm temperatures that just kept getting warmer and warmer through the week, even though some of those days there's been cloud mixed with sun or a high haze. I think we reached a high of over 17C or 63F one day which was amazing. Last Thursday and Sunday, Mother's Day, were both pretty nice days but we're in a cool down now.
The high pressure system swinging in from the south bringing warm temperatures and sunshine has moved off and now we have a high pressure center dropping down from the north. We still have sunshine but it's bringing temperatures about ten degrees cooler (20 degrees cooler in Fahrenheit) than we had. Which means the breeze that was with us during the week while it was warm is now going to feel pretty cool. Maybe it will freeze out some of the mosquitoes that are just starting to show up. Last night we were around our neighbours' campfire and while there was a breeze there wasn't any sign of bugs. But just after nine the breeze dropped, it suddenly felt slightly warmer and we were under attack. It was just the big, lazy, slow mosquitoes, but they were still in a biting mood, so we headed for home.
It's nice having the summer neighbours starting to arrive. It's pretty quiet around here during the winter so we're generally ready for visiting by this time of year.
I understand the ice officially went off of Nimpo Lake on the 9th of May. By the evening of the 8th there was only a small band pushed up in front of the resorts in the back bay, but ice is ice so it wasn't considered ice off until all the ice was gone. Heck it wasn't even all gone when the first floatplane landed over at Wilderness Rim and Tweedsmuir Air had one of their planes in the water three days later. Less than a week after official ice off, several of the resorts had moved their docks out of the back bay.
We've had the fly boys out of Comox disturbing the peace in the skies over us for the past couple of weeks or so. Normally they perform their exercises hiding behind clouds so that you can hear them a lot but you can't see them, but maybe we've just had too much blue sky and they can't be as shy about it. Normally I find fighter jets performing their exercises pretty thrilling stuff but this has been going on for some time and they are definitely noisy buggers. I wouldn't mind so much if I could see them but more often than not it's been too dry aloft for contrails so you can hear them, you just can't see them.... except when they do a thundering fly by at lower altitude as they just did this morning. They went over really low the other day too but both then and today, by the time I grabbed my camera with the telephoto lens, they were long gone already. As you can see on the right, I only just caught the underbelly of one going by and he was already several miles away by the time I snapped the photo. Man, they move fast! That's probably just so people like me can't take photos of them.
This is the time of year when they seem to train for the longest period of time and I can see why it would be a good area. We get few planes going over here except for one or two cargo planes heading north around supper time. There was one span of a couple of days last year that we saw massive transport planes going north as well but they actually looked like big military transports. We probably don't get more than two or three airline jets going over in a day, and we are on flight maps as a military training area, so maybe the jets just avoid this airspace. More likely though we just aren't on a regular flight path. Suits me. Keeps the cloud cover down. :-)
I would like to introduce you to a new listing on this website. Woodland Caribou Resort is located at Puntzi Lake. Dan and Jan opened up their resort last year and have a lot to offer. They have several modern suites in the lodge with full bathrooms as well as a cabin with all the modern conveniences. For those of you that like to camp, they have 12 full service RV and camping spots with showers and laundry available for your use. Each campsite has a fire pit with wood provided and there is also a general use campfire spot for lodge guests to enjoy. There is a store on location that includes fishing tackle and bait for sale and the lodge also offers boat rentals.
Puntzi lake is a great midway stop from Williams Lake on your way out to Nimpo or Anahim Lakes. It has terrific fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee to 2 1/2 pounds and if you time your visit right in July, you can join in Puntzi Lake's famous annual fishing derby.

So folks, if you're on your way out for a visit in the West Chilcotin, please consider making a stop at Woodland Caribou Resort. And if you would like more information on the resort, you'll find it at Puntzi Lake Accommodations under Puntzi Lake on the menu.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's posts at May Week Two
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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!


Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
 
Dock being moved by a small boat pushing it.
 
Floatplane coming in for landing on the lake.
 
Floatplane flying in over Nimpo with mountains behind.
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