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The End of November
you certainly would not have guessed it! While
it wasn't particularly warm yesterday, today at one point
when I looked at the thermometer, it was 8.8C or 48 degrees
Fahrenheit. That's warm for this time of year! Especially
when you consider that toward the end of November for
the past two years it's been down to -30C or -22F and
colder. Quite a change.
Since we had appointments down in Kelowna both years,
it made things extremely difficult, both because it was
too cold for the dogs to stay in the back of the truck
while we were down there, and I don't particularly care
to leave the house alone when temperatures are like that.
As a result, we changed the appointments this year to
the end of September so that we didn't have to worry about
it. Of course, wouldn't you know it, no cold temps right
now, it was too hot for the dogs while we
were down in the Okanagan, and we missed one of the nicest
weeks for weather up here of the entire summer. That's
Mother Nature for you. She'll get you every single time!
Because it's melting out and there's been a stiff breeze,
the air has been damp and a little raw, but still, it
was cool being able to go for a walk when it's that warm.
I went with the neighbour again today and still
no fresh bear tracks. That's a good sign. Maybe,
just maybe, they've moved on or denned up. I looked for
the bears when I drove to Anahim today to take the garbage
to the dump since we're not keeping any around here at
all, and saw no sign of them. I did see a big coyote in
a meadow doing some hunting around the muskrat houses,
but that was about it.
It was trying to rain when I headed home so our road is
going to be even icier than it has been. The ice is looking
pretty black on the lake too so I would be surprised if
it would hold much weight, which is why River is still
The bald eagles have been hanging around the edge
of the ice a lot lately. One spent quite a while
perched on a tree overhanging the water at the edge of
the ice out at the island Friday, and yesterday one was
sitting right on the edge of the ice for the longest time.
I'm not sure what it is they're after. I don't think they
can go after fish from anything but the air, but you never
It seems strange that it's the end of November already.
I guess because it's been warmer than usual, the month
has just kind of snuck up on us and passed us by. Except
for the shorter days, of course. Driving home after 3:00
this afternoon, the sun was already low in the sky and
it was getting darker. But hey, only 21 more days to go
and the days start getting longer!
A bunch of locals went snowmobiling yesterday and
today. They trailered over to the other side of
Nimpo Lake and went from there. There was just enough
snow down low to machine and lots up higher according
to Leah when she called me last night. There was great
powder other than through Goat's Pass which often doesn't
have enough snow on it this time of year. It always looks
like you're passing over plate sized pieces of shale and
rock in the winter but if you saw it in summer, you'd
see that you're actually driving over rocks the size of
a truck or a house. I haven't heard from them
tonight about how conditions were today, but I expect
they were all right. It will have been way too warm for
the machines down at this elevation but I expect it would
have been cool enough for them higher up. Visibility will
have been lousy though, I think. The mountains were socked
in for a good part of the day.
Surrounded by Snow
around seems to be getting snow, except us. Williams Lake
was getting dumped on with over six inches of snow by
this afternoon, and apparently Anahim Lake was getting
snow as well. About all we got was 10 or 12 really
pathetic looking little snowflakes, and that's about it.
That's a huge disappointment to everyone that wants to
go sledding tomorrow. We're not going because Andy figures
it will be too hard on the machines with hard crusted
snow and higher temperatures and he's probably right.
Still, if we had gotten even four inches of snow we could
have run the back trails over to the meeting place on
the Hooch. So I guess I'll just keep on working on the
computer. I've got too much work to do to take a day off
The last couple of days the ice on Nimpo Lake was
unbelievably clear and looked just like a mirror.
It was hard to look at when the sun was shining because
the reflection would just about blind you. When we were
down at the dock yesterday you could see right to the
bottom, the ice was so clear, and everything looked frozen
in time. The ice was covered with a layer of frost this
morning though, and by this afternoon it was looking pretty
black. It went below freezing by about three degrees yesterday
evening and then proceeded to warm up to above freezing
through the night. Strange weather.
A little cold front is what was supposed to bring us snow,
and certainly it's doing that elsewhere. Behind
it we should see a warm front take the temperatures right
up. It will probably also take our snow right
I'm even more angry about what's happening in our Federal
politics now than I was last night. The opposition parties
actually seem determined to push through a coalition government.
You know what? If people didn't want the government they
have now, another party would have gotten in. I
cannot believe how the Liberals are acting like a bunch
of spoiled brats. They didn't get in with the
election so they're going to force themselves on the Canadian
people. Didn't we already decide what we wanted? What
right does any other party or parties have to change the
results of the election to suit themselves?
For too long the Liberals have made it as hard as possible
on Harper's government to govern, hence the early election.
I do not ever remember the Conservative opposition party
blocking every single thing put through the House when
the Liberals were in, as the Liberals have in recent years.
And now this? Over what? Taxpayer's money being
cut off to all parties is enough to overthrow a government???
What the hell kind of laws do we have anyway? I can see
having something in place to overthrow a government that's
turned tyrannical or gone wild. But to be able to overthrow
a government that just put a cap on MP's spending and
their wages for the next couple of years, because they
don't do anything to earn the outrageous wages, pensions
and benefits they get anyway....how small is that? Suck
it up you bunch of useless bastards! Help govern
the country. Don't act like a bunch of school bullies
just because you can. Oh, and the excuse that there's
no stimulus package just will not wash.
This is pathetic. I can't believe the Canadian people
are going to allow the opposition parties to get away
This is looking more and more like the Opposition
parties have been doing a little back room planning
and have just been waiting for a reason or opportunity
to overthrow the government. The worst part about it is
they're saying because the elections were only six weeks
ago, another election probably will not be called. Instead,
Harper's government will have to back down as they've
had to on everything else because of those bunch of jacked
off school boys representing us, or a coalition government
will be formed. Bullshit! Don't force your coalition on
me or any other Canadian. I didn't vote for a coalition,
nor did any other Canadians. So call an election.
And let the Canadian people bury that bunch of yahoos
in Ottawa once and for all!!!
I'm PO'd and geared up for a rant so if you're not into
it, you may wish to skip to the end for weather, etc.
We just learned on the news tonight that all three opposition
parties to the present government in Canada are poised
to bring the government down by either forcing a new election,
(we just had one in October) or forming a coalition that
the Governor General would have to approve as a new government.
Good luck with the latter. Those three parties can't agree
on anything except on their hate for whomever is in power
if it isn't them. The cause of all this furor? Oh....wait
'til you hear!
Rather than wait until the formal budget is brought out
in February or March, the newly formed government has
decided that because of the global economic crisis, things
are changing too quickly for only a single annual budget
to be brought out. So they've created what they call the
Budget Update, which I'm assuming are smaller budget changes
that will be instituted throughout the year as the need
for it arises, whether that's tax cuts, tax raises, stimulus
packages, corporate bailouts or whatever. Regardless of
what party thought of the idea, it's a heck of a good
one. As Canadians, we're all in this together so
why not let us know what's happening along the way
instead of waiting on a single annual budget that consists
of sweeping changes, as well as small, and is a virtual
tome when presented that it takes days and weeks to be
Today, the Conservative government put forth their budget
update which included:
A reduction of 25% in the amount that pensioners had to
remove from their RIFF accounts annually. This means they
can leave more of their money in until markets recover
over the next few years.
A cap on civil servant wages increases of 1.5% That included
the very wages of the Minister of Finance that gave the
budget update. He didn't seem to have a problem
A cut back on spending for government officials. (What,
gee, no more first class air, dinners, massages, etc.?
Whatever will they do???)
And then the biggy, the one that the opposition parties
had most complaint with. Cut the 30 million in subsidies
that all political parties receive, (that includes the
one in power) funded by the Canadian taxpayer. I'm
all for that one! If I believe in a political
party, I will give it money, or give it my vote (which
also garners the party I voted for money). But why
should I fund three political parties with my tax dollars
that I don't believe in?
In the words of the Minister of Finance, "This
is the last stop on the route; there will be no free ride
for anyone else in government, either," Flaherty said.
"Canadians pay their own bills, and for some Canadians,
that is getting harder to do. Political parties should
pay their own bills, too, and not with excessive tax dollars."
Anyone have a problem with that? Because I certainly don't!
However, the three opposition parties reacted with fury,
swearing to bring down the government, either by forcing
an election or forming a coalition.
The NDP leader called it an attack on democracy. Excuse
me? How so? Because his party would have to actually get
out there and win some voters and raise some money instead
of ride the taxpayer gravy train? Maybe these opposition
parties wouldn't be so quick to force one election after
another if they had to pay all the expenses
every time they do instead of we, the taxpayer! You
talk about a bunch of spoiled little children throwing
a temper tantrum, there is just no other way to
describe today's threats on Parliament.
Right now, MP's supposedly representing their people at
home should be a lot more concerned about those constituents
in danger of losing their jobs, than they are about their
own pay hikes or all the extra little benefits they get.
Some of them must have realized what a selfish bunch of
money grabbing little bastards they seemed, especially
in face of the factory shut downs in Ontario, and the
number of Canadians put out of work every day,
because one or two back tracked. They then tried to claim
that there was no promised stimulus package in the budget
and this budget wasn't designed to help people or the
economy at all.
That's because the government has already activated their
stimulus plan. It's been in place for some time and actually
not only contains twice the stimulus of many other countries
including the US, but is also the reason why Canada
is listed as the most financially stable country in the
world right now. That doesn't mean we're sitting
pretty because we most certainly are not. We rely too
much on the US market to take our exports. But it does
mean that the sitting government would appear, so far,
to have done everything right. And a bunch of useless
twits with a serious case of sour grapes want to take
the present government down.
I would love to see an election forced by the opposition
parties because I would love to see the Canadian
people hand the sitting government a majority.
It's next to impossible now with the Bloc Party (Which
I do not believe should be allowed to be an opposition
party because it represents only one province, Quebec.)
but I would still love to see it happen. For that matter,
just give them a couple more seats and it would be impossible
for all three parties to have the numbers they need to
form a coalition.
Harper was fed up with opposition constantly blocking
his ability to govern. And when he called an early election
to allow the Canadian people to decide what should happen,
I think that Canadians spoke pretty clearly about
what they wanted by handing Harper's government more seats
than in the last election. With the exception
of British Columbians of course. They lost a valuable
opportunity to get some attention in the west for a change.
The province had the power to determine whether Harper
would get a majority or not and I don't think he would
have forgotten that little favor one bit. But no, people
in BC have to vote for the Liberals or their beloved NDP
because they wouldn't know what a Conservative was if
it hit them in the forehead. It doesn't help that BC has
a conservative government that goes under the name of
Liberal so it confuses even more, those easily confused.
Canadians, like most people in the rest of the world,
are going to be hanging onto their wallets for dear life
and riding out this political storm for the next few years.
I would hope that another forced election, after the one
last month already cost $300 million dollars, would
cause such a backlash that Canadians hand every leader
of an opposition party his own head on a platter!
They would well deserve it!
As the newscasters on TV suggested, they only hope that
cooler heads will prevail and these idiots will do some
serious thinking over the weekend before they vote against
the budget update. Because they may just be surprised
at how Canadians will turn against them if they force
an election. Nor is it an assurance that a coalition will
be formed and forced on Canadians because it's doubtful
that the three parties could get along long enough to
walk through a door together, much less form an effective
government for a time of crisis like this. Or I certainly
hope the Governor General sees it that way.
Okay....the rant ends here for those of you that
wanted to skip the above.
The reason there was no article last night was because
we had an honorary poker game for a friend and fellow
player. We don't normally play in the middle of the week,
but we had a special occasion to celebrate. Glen
played in a big tournament in Vancouver last week and
took first place with over a $100,000 in winnings.
He was good enough to bring his 'giant' cheque on choroplast
for everyone to have their picture taken with him and
I admit, that's the best the man has looked for a long,
long time. He owns a beautiful ranch at Kleena Kleene
but neither ranching nor cattle are big money makers these
past few years. They are, however, great bill generators,
so that's a nice cash injection into the business and
will go a long way towards helping in the tough economic
times we have in our future.
We woke up yesterday morning to clear, solid ice
right out to the island. It had been beat back
by waves and wind to our shoreline over a period of days
so ice had to start growing all over again, and it did
it in one night! We had temperatures down to -12.5C or
9.5F the night before last and the air was dead still.
The water had been chilled down substantially by the ice
breaking up in it all week, so I guess it should be no
surprise. Still, it was unexpected. We hadn't tied our
dog up as we usually do when new ice is building so when
he disappeared yesterday morning, we were really worried
and looking for holes in the ice. I had to go to a lunch
meeting and in inquiring around Nimpo I heard he had been
seen down at The Dean where he used to go visit his (Golden
Retriever) buddy Einstein. He was here when I arrived
back at home in the afternoon so he's now in jail indefinitely.
Or at least until the ice freezes up solid and is safe.
We went walking again today, although not all the way
to the gun range, but there was no fresh bear sign on
the back trail. Perhaps these last couple of cold nights
have finally driven the grizzlies to den up. Last night
the temperature really started to drop when I went to
play poker, but there must have been a little cloud moving
through overnight because it actually warmed up for a
while. Still, it got down to -10C this morning and never
made it much above 3C or 37F today. It is supposed to
warm up and bring snow though, so I guess we'll just keep
checking for tracks.
I have to correct a mistake made on the blog below.
I had stated that the meeting for the Nimpo Lake Community
Association would be on the 6th. It's actually slated
for December, 8 at 7 p.m. and is a general meeting. All
members of the community are welcome to come. New tables
and chairs for the Hall is the main, but not only, topic
up for discussion. I think a revised emergency phone fan
list might also be on the agenda because the old one is
three years old and out of date.
The Hard To Resist Day
was one of those days that started out being really pretty
and it was hard to resist not sneaking outside for a while.
You know, one of those days where the sun is shining,
the air is fairly still and it's above freezing so it
feels positively balmy outside.
Unfortunately, I was stuck inside for most of the day.
I lost most of yesterday and I have some design work that
absolutely has to get done. I've had the
material for months but just haven't been able to set
aside the time needed to really sit down and get at it
and now I have one week to complete it. Normally that
would be fine because I often work very well under pressure,
but not when I've got the equivalent of writer's block!
Normally, if I'm having a hard time coming up with
ideas for a design, I go for a walk. It's great
walking in the woods because only half a mind is on where
I'm going, and the other half is rolling ideas around
in my head. I imagine it as being like a bunch of marbles
rolling around up there bouncing off each other until
after a couple of days, an idea begins to formulate. Not
so this time around.
First of all, when you know there's a couple of
grizzlies around you tend to pay a lot more attention
to where you're going and at what's around you.
Second of all, I've only walked alone once since we first
saw the bear sign over a week ago, so when you have company,
you tend to talk. Which is really nice, actually, and
a marvelous change, but I don't get much opportunity to
have the old light bulb go on as a result.
Today both Andy and I went out and walked clear down to
the gun range. Andy wanted to test out a new pair of skidoo
boots and I wanted to see if there was any fresh sign
of the bears. Zero on the latter but we did see
moose tracks made sometime today, so they're moving down
from higher elevations now. We should have gone
walking this morning instead of waiting until after lunch
because the wind started up and it was pretty raw, but
it was nice in the woods as usual.
It got up a little over 4C or 40F today but it's definitely
dropping tonight and is already three degrees below freezing.
Tomorrow looks like it might be a wonderful day with full
sunshine for everybody so that'll be cool. I don't know
what it's bringing later in the week but it doesn't really
matter because I'm stuck working inside. It might
be nice to get a dump of fresh snow toward the end of
the week though because we want to go snowmobiling Saturday.
I think it would be a good idea to get up the trail early
this year before there's too much snow in case we have
trees across the trails from that big windstorm. The last
couple of days we've lost a lot of snow to warm wind and
above freezing temperatures so getting to where there's
snow will probably require taking a trailer Still, we
know for sure that there's probably nearly a foot of snow
on the Hooch and probably up to two feet on Charlotte
Main, so all we have to do is get there.
It looks like there's going to be a general meeting
called for December 8, by the Nimpo Lake Community Association.
We're doing some pricing on some new tables and chairs
for the hall and it needs to be discussed with community
members. We keep having functions to raise money for improvements,
but we never spend any. In the meanwhile, most of the
tables in the hall are pieces of plywood on metal stands
that have become so rough and splintered, the women don't
dare go near them with stockings on or anything else with
threads that can be caught on the wood.
The chairs are those old, old laminated (probably
birch) plywood ones that are attached to a metal
frame and can be stacked. The backs are straight but the
seats are bent up in a shape to fit under your legs. They
have to be one of the most tortuous inventions ever and
you're guaranteed to have a numb butt if you sit in them
for long or a back that feels like it's been broken. Most
of the chair backs and bottoms have at least one corner
busted off of them, virtually guaranteeing runs in stockings,
slacks skirts, and that your hair will get caught in the
chair backs. Aside from the fact that the furniture is
older than Moses and falling apart, the folks coming to
events aren't as young as they used to be so comfortable
chairs are a must. Anyway, if you're a local and reading
this, you're welcome to come to the meeting at 7p.m.
didn't get my walk in today. I actually spent most
of the day in conversation with the Anahim Lake RCMP Detachment
CO. He called me this morning asking if I could
come in to the office some time for a coffee and BS. We
killed about an hour on the phone before I went in to
Anahim, and one of his concerns was about a blog I posted
a few weeks back regarding an RCMP Officer that had stopped
a local driver one evening.
The man had been at a birthday party at his parents, and
had his kids with him when he was stopped. After stating
he had two drinks over a period of several hours, he was
asked to use a roadside breathalyzer. He, of course, did
not even register on the device as having had anything
to drink. The RCMP officer shook his hand, thanked him
for not drinking and left. At the time I learned of this,
(not having heard about the shaking of hands part, however)
I sympathized with the gentleman's anger at being embarrassed
in front of his kids and with any traffic that may have
passed. Putting myself in his shoes, I felt I too
would have been very angry under the circumstances and
wrote a blistering article about it.
Although I don't always agree with the method of policing
in our community, my attack on that Member's personal
demeanor and physical attributes was not called for, was
way over the top, and definitely not conducive to building
good relations between community and our police force.
I apologized to him in person today and I apologize here.
Not because I was asked to, but for the following reasons
I was mightily impressed with our new Detachment Commander,
both with the long phone conversation and even longer
conversation in his office. There is no question
that he comes from a long background of small town living
and policing, totally different from 'city' policing,
and especially the kind of common sense background we
need for our somewhat isolated area. I've always felt
that you cannot apply a 'one size fits all' mentality
to policing an area that went for so many years without
formal policing, that is isolated, and that has a lot
of 'bushed rednecks' (me included) that have relied on
themselves to look after themselves for a lot of years,
with little or no help from the government.
This CO gets it.
He's the 'old fashioned' kind of cop (even if he is
younger than me) that I've always admired, with ideas
that also flow with the times. He's got a strong stand
on what he believes in, but he also comes with seasoned
common sense and a well honed ability to work with the
public. More importantly, he's willing to take on
the job of changing the perception that this community
has of the RCMP. That was a perception developed
over the last two years prior to this Sergeant's arrival
by the two previous commanders, whom I honestly don't
think had a clue how to police a small community. Nor
could we communicate with them, even though we had Town
Hall meetings to air our grievances and concerns. The
members of the community erected a wall against members
of the RCMP, who had already erected a wall of their own.
Hence, my own willingness to apologize publicly
in this forum. Even though this blog was mainly
developed for the search engines, I've ended up with readers
that are not search bots. I guess whether
I like it or not, that makes me 'media' (God forbid!)
and as such, I have a responsibility to write the facts
to the best of my ability without expressing a personal
attack on someone. Because that may in turn effect someone
else's opinion negatively, and if we've got a man
in charge of the local police force willing to work with
us to turn things around, then I would like to
show my willingness as a member of this community to do
While referring to the incident that I wrote about, I
actually learned a lot today about the law that I did
not know. Actually, I learned a couple of life lessons
as well. So I'll cover one of those first.
I mentioned before that I put myself in that driver's
shoes and could completely understand his anger at being
stopped with his kids in the vehicle, and being made to
submit to a roadside test when he had already declared
how little he had to drink. But as the CO pointed out,
why be angry? This is an opportunity to teach a life lesson
to your children. Why not say, "See kid's?
That police officer was doing his job and it shows why
you shouldn't drive while impaired." Okay,
I admit....I missed the boat on that one. That's something
our parents would have been quick to say. You know? The
'Leave it to Beaver' kinds of Moms and Dads that would
have known to use the incident as a teaching tool rather
than getting mad at law enforcement and letting their
kids see that anger.
It doesn't help that there's been a slow, burning resentment
on the part of many community members against the RCMP
so it doesn't take much to get fired up. But maybe we
all need to take a deep breath and back it off a little.
The second thing I didn't know was that the RCMP
do not need a reason to stop your vehicle. I don't
consider myself to be a particularly ignorant person with
regards to the law, but like many Canadians, I assumed
that the police had to have a reason to pull you over.
I also didn't understand the RCMP's eagerness to use the
roadside breathalyzer device. Now I do. As the CO explained,
there are a lot of alcoholics out there that over a period
of time, have become so habituated to alcohol that they
show little or no sign of impairment. If the police stop
a driver and don't know them on a personal level, they
may have someone behind the wheel of a vehicle that is
extremely impaired, but it's impossible to tell.
If they do not test someone that they think may have been
drinking, they risk letting an impaired driver continue
on his way. Having listened to MADD's propaganda for decades,
we know where that can and does lead. There are habitual
drunks out there that have killed people and I have always
said, and will say again, I'm all for taking drunks off
the road. I felt that some of the roadside stops qualified
as harassment, but in view of that information, I certainly
see the point.
I learned a few other points of law that I didn't know
today, which was cool. I'm always into cutting down my
ignorance quotient where possible, but I don't have space
here to dedicate another two hours of dialogue.
I particularly liked the open line of communication with
the CO. I'm always impressed with honest, open minded,
down to earth people that can express their opinion but
look at both sides of the story. With that in
mind, the CO asked the following which I want to make
If anyone has a concern or complaint, whether
informal or formal, go talk to him. He has made himself
very approachable because he feels that that's what makes
small town policing work. And unlike our last CO, I did
not once get the impression that what I had to say was
going in one ear and out the other or that he had already
made up his mind on how things were going to be. He is
willing to listen to concerns and I think he would really
like us all to get past the past, and work on the future.
Good communications are key anywhere, but they're especially
important in this instance. So if you've got something
to say, use the tools we've been given, people! Communicate!
Geez, I've run out of space and time but here's a quick
run down on the weather, etc. It stayed above freezing
all night and a few degrees above today. I know a lot
of snow melted in the past 24 hours and the ice is looking
pretty black in the back bay. I never expected that to
go out before next spring, but it just might if this keeps
The grizzly bears appear to being taking in a little
larger territory than I initially thought. I picked
up a Native old-timer on the highway that used to be a
guide and on the way to his turnoff, asked him if he had
seen the grizzlies. Yah, he'd seen the tracks and told
me where they were. He put them up on the trails on the
east side of the highway, which is about right because
the store owner told me today that she had seen tracks
while walking back behind Nimpo. She was also told they
had been seen on the south side of the lake across from
us, so the bears are definitely making their rounds. I'm
determined to get out on the back trail tomorrow and see
what's up. If we get some flurries tonight as predicted,
that will make tracking easier.
morning when I got up we noticed at least three bald eagles
screeching over the lake. The ice grew out quite a ways
from shore overnight and the eagles seemed to be patrolling
the edges. They were caterwauling, wheeling around
each other, and diving toward the ice and then up again.
We couldn't see for sure but it didn't look like there
was anything trapped in the ice so I don't know what the
flap was about. All the noise drew some ravens in and
we had two immature Trumpeter Swans watching all the ruckus
from farther out on the water. We marveled at some wicked,
wicked clouds that roiled around the top of one of the
mountains, just thankful we weren't up there on a snowmobile.
And we watched the thin layer of ice out in front
of the house ripple with the water running beneath it,
some of it bubbling up through holes in the ice closer
to shore. You wouldn't think that ice could be so flexible
that it could undulate with every ripple, yet stay in
one piece. It's like watching a living, breathing entity.
It was a good start to a Sunday morning.
Friday night just after I posted that blog, it started
snowing great big fat, fuzzy flakes and I thought
for sure we were going to get a nice little dump of snow.
But, it stopped after only 15 or so minutes leaving us
with only an inch of the white stuff. Because we finally
had fresh snow, I was eager to get out walking
Saturday morning to see if anything had been around.
Andy decided to come with me and we had just exited our
driveway when we noticed our neighbours do the same up
the road. We caught up with them and it was a nice change
to be able to walk through the woods with complete confidence
and not have to worry about bears, because there were
four of us as well as the three dogs.
There was no fresh sign of anything but a fox wandering
through the woods, but there were certainly a lot
of bear tracks all over the trail under the new snow.
They had wandered all through the back trails on all the
routes I normally walk, zig zagged back and forth looking
for berries, and even bedded down along the trail behind
our place in a couple of places in the past week. It was
so nice to be out again that I talked Andy into going
with me again today, even if it was a shorter walk. Still
no sign so they're either at the other end of their circuit,
or they've finally denned up. I guess I'll know tomorrow
because they should be back through by then and I plan
on walking alone, or not.
I kept track of the mileage on Friday when I went into
Anahim Lake and it's less than five miles by road
from what seems to be the bears' westernmost range to
our place, which would appear to be their easternmost
boundary. Since they cut through the woods the distance
is even less so it's actually quite a small range. However,
I think that the tremendous berry crop that I commented
on all fall is what is keeping them in our area.
The weather has been okay the last two days. It was really
nice yesterday with the sun making an appearance just
as we went on the walk. Last night it dropped quickly
though, hitting -10C or 14F in no time, but it had already
started warming up again in the middle of the night. It
didn't get much above 4C or 39F today, with a blustery
wind and damp air from the lake.
The wind has really picked up speed tonight and
the temperature is climbing a little, even at this time
of night. The ice that built well out from shore
last night and this morning has long since been beat back
by the wind and waves on Nimpo Lake, crushed into a pile
against the shore. Heaven knows what's coming in now.
The weather forecasters have gotten it wrong for the last
few days now so other than a nasty low coming in on the
satellite picture, there's no way of guessing what, if
anything, will hit us. This is the third day in a row
that there have been wind warnings up for the north and
central coast and northern Vancouver Island. The north
coast clocked winds up to 160km or 100 miles an hour yesterday.
So we're still ahead of the game. We haven't gotten
really bad winds and we're not shoveling three feet of
snow like they are back east yet!
It's that time again. I've started a new week so you'll
find the past week's articles, including those about our
local grizzly bears, at November
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!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!