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Wilderness Adventures - May, Week Three/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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21/05/2013 12:10 PM

The Craziness of Spring

Wow…. Ten days since I last wrote a blog yet it seems that time has passed so quickly! It has been a bit of a mad house around here with the spring rush. The weather held for the past nine days and while not as breathtakingly summerlike as in the previous week, it’s still been dry and working outside has been great if a little windy. Up until this May long weekend when family has come out for a visit which made us slow down quite a bit, things have been full steam ahead. I finally got my greenhouse emptied of all its dirt and roots from that big invasive pine and the boxes are refilled with pure cow manure that I’ve aged for about five years.
I did put a maddock blade through my irrigation line but I’ve jimmy rigged that back together for now so the greenhouse is ready to go. I’m not sure how many wheelbarrows of dirt I moved in and out of that greenhouse because I finally stopped counting, but aside from being ridiculously exhausted, I do have more muscle than I had before. :-)
I know that my other half was shaking his head at the long hours that I was putting in on that endeavor, but he also knows how much I hate bugs. It was a job that requires one to sweat and the mozzies and black flies will come from miles around to that scent so I really, really wanted to get the job done before bug season started in force. Oddly, they still have not arrived but that might change now because we’ve had a huge weather change.
Both Saturday and Sunday were nice days and while it was a little breezy out on the lake trying to catch fish, it was great on land. Monday…. Not so good. We went out fishing on Sunday and until the wind came up in the afternoon, it was quite pleasant out on the water. Andy took my family out fishing on Monday and as you can see from the photos on the right, the weather had progressed from half decent to cold and dreary and they weren’t out long before coming back in frozen like popsicles.
We had a fire on Sunday night with the neighbours over as well as my family, and just about the time that everyone packed up and left for the night, it started to spit. It rained lightly all night and all of yesterday and through the night last night as well. The result is that everything is just dripping out there but boy, has it greened up! Everything was so dry from weeks of no rain that the ground and the trees have just sucked the moisture up. While it’s a bit of a bummer for my family out visiting because it would have been wonderful to have good weather, they understand even better than we just how badly we needed this rain. For one thing, it will knock the heck out of any fire danger. It will give the morels a nice boost of moisture for June, and maybe the water level in the lake might even stop dropping for a while.
I think that while there has been rain down here there has been snow higher up from what I hear through the grapevine. A couple of people said both Kappan and Charlotte Main received snow yesterday which wouldn’t be unusual considering how cool it is. I was surprised to see the temperature actually reach 10C or 50F yesterday before it started raining in earnest yesterday afternoon and the temperatures plummeted. It has been staying above freezing the last couple of nights but not by much and we’ve definitely had to start a fire in the wood stove.
This is a break from working outside for us but it seems to be just the beginning of the work for the birds that are around right now. It has been a bit noisy in the past few days with some of the birds sounding just insane with mating or feeding or I’m not sure what, but the numerous swallows are crazy around the one nesting box, the robins have been in seventh heaven with this rain bringing the worms up and you can hear them gloating about it to one another. I’m not sure what bird is steadily calling out there right now but he must be looking for a mate. “Look at me, Look at me, Look at me!!!” Even the loons are going on with their calling to one another and yesterday six of them grouped up between us and the island, which is really unusual because I’m pretty sure they are all mated up but the same thing happened last year so I’m wondering if maybe some of them are siblings. One of the males didn’t approve though. He kept screeching back and forth on top of the water while the rest of them visited. Finally one of them, presumably his mate, left the group, and followed him back to their own territory so he would stop disturbing the peace. Talk about mister jealousy! Mind you, they tend to be pretty protective of what’s theirs at the best of times. We’ve seen males try to kill each other when one has strayed into another’s territory so it’s surprising that this one was just showing off his water walking abilities and not actually chasing anyone around the lake.
We have watched the snow disappear steadily from the mountains in the past couple of weeks and everyone has commented on how bare they look. Right now they look about the way they do in July. Weird, weird weather.
Tuesday Evening:
I had to take a long break from writing this afternoon because when it’s drizzling like this, everyone stops working their butts off and goes visiting, so today I had a couple of people around the table and we sat with our cups of tea and chatted for a few hours, a highly unusual activity around here, I can tell you! Fun, though to be forced to take a little time out and connect with other human beings. :-)
My other half went to Williams Lake today and said that it just poured the rain down in there and that the Caribou was under a severe thunderstorm watch. I watched the noon news long enough to see that the Chilcotin was under a rain warning, another unusual event for the area. Even more unusual is to have day after day of heavy lowering clouds and drizzle but from the radar pics on the weather on TV, that’s exactly what it looks like we will be getting. A big low has stalled over the Lower Mainland and is slinging a steady funnel of rain clouds up our way and it looks like it will last a while. No forest fires any time soon here!
We just looked out the window as it was getting dark and the rain is changing to slush and presumably will soon be snow since it’s barely above freezing.
That’s what we get for that nice weather we had a week ago. We’ve had our summer and now it’s going to be winter. Sigh…..

You’ll find the last week's of blog at May Week Two.


Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




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