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Wilderness Adventures - May, Week Four/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!
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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27/05/2013 9:30 PM

The Endless Rain

I mentioned in last week's blog that it looked like we were in for a long term bout of rain and boy, was I right! Not only did we get snow the one night which was a real shocker for our neighbours in from the south, but it has pretty much rained off and on for the past nine days. We got half an inch of rain one night alone and our total since I put out the rain gauge is edging awfully close to two inches. Most of the time all it’s done is spit or we’ll get a little squall go over and just enough rain comes down to drive you inside and then away it goes, but it has still added up.
Everything is green, green, green out there and today was the first day that I even had a chance at the lawn which had the distinct characteristics of an out of control hay field. I had already decided last night that if it was even half way dry this morning I was going to take a stab at it. There were still beads of water on the grass this morning but the sun was shining and there was a breeze blowing so I wasn’t about to miss my chance. Andy pulled out the ride ‘em mower and got the battery installed, new gas in and got the old girl going. I raised the blade way up and took just the top off of the grass on the first round, then lowered the blade and took it down again. Where it was greenest, the thickest and highest, I pulled out the push mower with the bag and went over it a third time after weed wacking parts that couldn’t be cut. I was so heady with success that I even put dolomite on it and lawn fertilizer, which in retrospect, was really, really dumb because if it keeps on raining and the lawn really starts growing….
The only thing that even made it possible to cut the lawn was that there were a lot of spots on it that winter killed this year. We just didn’t get enough snow before January to protect it from the cold so there are lots of bare areas that we need to patch up this summer. I don’t even know why I try to grow a lawn in this country other than when it looks nice, it looks really beautiful, and gravel is the only other surface possible here to keep down the dust, but between mice two years ago and lack of early snow in the last two years, that poor lawn has really had to struggle to survive.
All the summer residents were in for a couple of weeks and it was awesome to see everyone, share meals and camp fires and enjoy good company. But then it was time to go back to work and even though the weather has not been conducive to working outside, there just hasn’t been a choice in the past couple of days. There’s just too much to do and actually it hasn’t been that unpleasant. Though cloudy and rainy, without a breeze it hasn’t been cold working outside and it’s actually been an advantage where I’ve been transplanting perennials. Yesterday I got some painting done and all my raised beds seeded and then worked in the garage planting up baskets during one rainstorm after another. Today was a really productive day with that lawn getting done and then I got the door, frame, and front of the cabin stained. I even started on the south side window frames while Andy worked on the cabin skirting but by supper time I was freezing my butt off and it was time to quit. We had a raw wind coming in over that cold lake water today and it kept things pretty cool.
For the past several days we have actually been getting our weather out of Alberta and boy, they can have it back! It was just one long funnel of moisture that wouldn’t quit and while it meant little wind, from one moment to the next you could expect rain and I even heard thunder in the east yesterday morning. This morning it actually dawned sunny with some blue sky and our wind was coming out of the south and west for most of the day, which means we’re finally getting our weather from the Pacific as we normally would. The sunny part didn’t last that long but it was cheering knowing that great yellow orb in the sky still exists. Apparently the fishermen were pretty happy too because loads of boats were out on the water today, far more than I’ve seen since last year. Although to do them credit, some of those guys were out there in the past few days in the rain and cold fishing. That is some fortitude! I can’t imagine doing that but if you’re on holiday and you came to fish, I guess there’s just no choice in the matter. Our lake level is up by quite a bit after this rain and I don’t know how that has affected the fishing, but I’ve seen lots of them surfacing to feed in the past few days so it must be somewhat productive. It would have to be to stay out in that weather!
We were expecting guests in our cabin from Saturday for a week but they couldn’t make it for health reasons. In a way I’m glad for them. They were coming to fish as well and if they can come up in the fall when the weather is a little nicer, then good for them. It’s a boon for us as well because it means that we can work on the cabin and get a little closer to completing it. Boy, would that be nice! Then on to the next set of chores on the list. Depending on bugs of course. So far, cross your fingers, the bugasaurs are holding off. There were a bunch today in my face and eyes while I was cutting the lawn but they’re the little black ones that hatch out that I think the fish like so much. They don’t bite, they’re just a pain. I had a couple of mosquitoes buzz around my ear today and one or two showed up in the garage, but so far, they’re good. It’s a day by day thing now, though, so we’ll just keep plugging along until they come. Then my office work is suddenly going to start looking pretty good for a month or so.
For those of you on Facebook, you'll find the photos on the right mostly redundant but for folks who only read the blog and know our place, you can see the stages of the guest cabin log renovation and roof replacement. It's nearly done. Just need to do a little more staining while Andy works on the skirting around the base of the cabin and voila!
You’ll find the last week's of blog at May 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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A fisherman in red in a fishing boat.
 
Newly stained and roofed cabin at the lake.
 
Cabin with half the logs stained.
 
Cabin with half of a green metal roof.
 
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