Anahim/Nimpo Lake BC Header Photo
Enjoy elegance in the wilderness with Eagle's Nest Resort
Woman in a canoe photo.
Index
 Welcome to Anahim Lake & Nimpo Lake, British Columbia
  Accommodations
  Home
  Attractions
  Business Directory
  Fuel
  Regions 
  Other 

Back to Daily Blog
Archives
January 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
Week4
February 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
March 2012
Week1
Week2
April 2012
Week1
Week2
May 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
July 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
Week4
August 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
Week4
September 2012
Week1
October 2012
Week1
Week2
November 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
December 2012
Week1
Week2
Week3
2011 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2011
2010 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2010
2009 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2009
2008 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2008
2007 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2007
2006 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2006
2005 Articles Starting With Last Week of December 2005





 

Wilderness Adventures - West Chilcotin Blog

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.

Rolling over an image will give you its description.
Check out the Picture of the Day.


03/11/2012 8:10 PM

Earthquake and Halloween

I really wanted to get to this blog last weekend because of the earthquake, but I've been hell bent for election trying to get my calendars printed out in time to take them into Willy's Puddle for cutting by this past Thursday. We didn't return until last night so this evening is the first chance I've had to sit down and write.
I went up to the Community Hall last Saturday night because I promised to finish getting it ready before people arrived, help out on the door admissions, and of course I took up food. (What else is new, all the locals will ask? I take food everywhere!)
My other half wasn't in the mood and decided to stay home until later, mainly to watch the World Series, I'm guessing. We had an excellent turn out with nearly fifty people coming for the social and fireworks and so I was pretty busy. Imagine my surprise when Andy showed up at the door just before nine asking us all if we felt the earthquake.
He described to me how everything that could swing in the house did... quite strongly in fact, and when he got up from the couch and came over to the door to the downstairs, he held onto the jamb because as he said, the house was moving enough that he just wasn't sure what was going to happen. He said it lasted what seemed quite a long time, at least 30 seconds and maybe up to a minute, and he described everything in vivid detail. I believed him of course but quite a few other people were looking at him kind of funny and I think he was beginning to wonder if he had imagined it all, especially since he had checked the seismic service on line and there hadn't been mention of anything. Certainly no one, including myself, and I was stone cold sober, had felt anything at all. We decided to leave shortly after, mainly because I'd done what I had come to help with, it was a miserable snowy night outside, and I wasn't into driving the icy roads any later than I had to.
As soon as we got home Andy headed to his downstairs computer and yelled up only a few minutes later that there had been a quake and he wasn't crazy after all. I never thought he was but we all find it more comforting to to have a weird event confirmed rather than not. :-)
The earthquake occurred just off of Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) and registered at 7.7 on the Richter scale. It was actually stronger than the quake that levelled Haiti in 2010 or the quakes that struck Christchurch in the last couple of years and registered as one of the larger ones to ever strike Canada. Miraculously, there was little damage and no injuries, even though it occurred just off the populated island, but that can probably be attributed to its depth. The earthquake occurred between 17km and 19km down, which is really deep, and it might explain why shaking was felt as far away as Edmonton to the east, and the Yukon to the north, and yet oddly, not everyone felt it.... We've come up with a theory for that.
Most people don't seem to have felt it in our region, except those that were on upper floors in their homes. For example, the Community Hall is a log building sitting on rocks on ground with a nearby swamp. Our house is an open basement toward the lake with the back part and footings buried in the ground. Our main level is actually upstairs with a loft above that and Andy was in the upstairs. Richard and Leah said their neighbour babysitting the kids felt the quake and that their kids woke up and started crying. Their living quarters are on the second floor above the store. A fellow near Prince Rupert didn't feel a thing in his house even though others nearby did, but his home is a single level home built right onto bedrock.
Both Andy and I watch shows on Discovery Channel, etc. that often have earthquake demonstrations that show multi-storied buildings swaying more extremely at the higher part of the building. The closer you are to the top, the more the sway. It makes sense to us that just being two stories up could pronounce the sway more than being on the ground floor. A professor from UBC more or less confirmed that the type of architecture and the type of ground underneath could have a bearing on whether occupants would feel a quake or not.
My only beef is that I missed it! I've only every felt two others in my lifetime and the first during the day was one weird sensation. Your brain just doesn't get it for a few seconds. The second woke me up in the middle of the night and I thought my eyes had gone funny. The house was a log one and I woke up facing logs that were definitely moving, yet my husband at the time never woke up, never felt it. He didn't believe me either the next morning and it wasn't until he heard about it at work and on the radio that he realized I wasn't off my rocker, so I know the feeling of disbelief when it's aimed at you.
There have been numerous aftershocks since the main event last Saturday, over 20 so far from what I've heard and some of fair magnitude including a 6.5. There doesn't seem to have been any
damage other than a discovery that was made just a couple of days ago. Apparently four hotsprings on Hot Spring Island in the Gwaii Haana National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage site have completely emptied out. Geologists think that the quake opened up cracks in the earth's surface that drained the popular geothermal pools.
Mother Nature giveth and Mother Nature taketh away, I guess.
While the event could have been disasterous, none of it is on the scale of course to what happened over on the Eastern Seaboard with Hurricane Sandy. Boy, do I feel for those people. What a mess! Our hearts go out to those folks.
Halloween was a great success at the Nimpo Lake Community Hall this year. It was decided that invitation only was best this year but the turn out was still terrific and I think this year we had our best yet costumes! From out little beginnings of less than five years ago when almost no one dressed up to now when at least half did, we've come a long way and I was really, really pleased to see it. I didn't get photos of everyone that I would like to have. Ed G came as an eighteen hundreds cowboy gambler and looked more realistic than most movie set cowboys set in that period. Mind you, it probably helps that he really is a cowboy. Leah and Richard out did themselves as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts with Richard looking scarily like Johnny Depp in certain lights. John and Lee came as the zombie bride and zombie groom, or he was a vampire. I'm not sure but he did have big teeth and blood running down his face, but either way, they both looked unbelievable! Clint showed up with a very original costume as usual, dressed as a lumberjack pushing around a gorgeous black bear rug and head mount on a carrier with his face apparently raked by the claws. I think he called himself a Bear (bare) rider. We had an ambulance attendant, pirate, hard hat worker, Prince of the Dead, a really, really ugly pregnant cowgirl with whiskers, another dead person from Charlotte Lake with a screw in his head, (he might have been Frankenstein), a Swiss ski instructor who came as a ski instructor, a teacher from Hogwarts with a skull that squirted blood, and I don't know who all else. But we sure seemed to have a lot of dead people this year!
We missed a few people that normally come but couldn't this time, and probably a few more that the lousy weather kept away, but otherwise, it was a great turn out and we made some decent money for the Hall. It will help pay some of the utilities through winter so thanks for participating everyone! And thanks to Richard and Leah for the fireworks display! You'll probably notice that the photos don't show nearly the brilliant display we normally get. That's because I tried the little camera on the wrong setting and just couldn't get the photos quickly enough. I was just getting the tail end. So I shut off the camera and decided to enjoy the fireworks for a change instead of trying to see them through a view finder as I usually do. It was nice to actually see them but you guys don't benefit much from my selfishness.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's blog at October Week Two
.

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!
Lady with face painted as a sugar skull.
 
Two characters from Alice in Wonderland.
 
Two people dressed as zombie bride and groom.
 
Clawed lumberjack has a bear rug after a fight with a bear.
 
Girl dressed in downhill ski clothes.
 
Skull on back of head.
 
Red fireworks.
 
Yellow fireworks.
 
Red and yellow.
This web site designed by Vector North Web Design