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Wilderness Adventures - Oct., Week Two/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!
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27/10/2012 10:10 AM

Bleh....

About all I have to say about our weather is Bleh....
I would really like to find some redeeming quality but I'm not sure that I can. Oh, wait, the snow is a bright, gleaming white! How's that?
We've been getting skiffs of snow for several days now but fortunately it hasn't built up too much yet. That isn't to say that everything isn't white after snow yesterday. It is.
We only saw the sun for one day this past week. It's been dull and dreary every single day until Thursday when it actually turned out to be a really pretty day. Unfortunately, wouldn't you know it, I was stuck in a workshop all day for the tourism association so I missed out on it.
We had a deep freeze plunge a few days ago where we went down to -12C or 10F one night but there were reports of temperatures at Anahim Lake being much colder at -18C or -1F and colder yet up on Morrison Meadow road at -25C or -13F. That's cold for October, even here! So I don't know if that means that winter is starting early this year or not.
Yesterday it started to warm up and the thermometer has been sticking around closer to the freezing mark, which is probably why it snowed. It was a regular little winter storm when I went up to the community hall last night to help decorate for tonight's Halloween party, but the moon had come out by the time I headed home. This morning it's sitting just below freezing with a heavy, low sky that just has that look. You know, THAT look. The one that says there might be a real dump on the way. Certainly that's what the weather guys are forecasting so I guess we'll see. It certainly will not be pleasant for those folks that have to drive home after being at the Halloween party tonight if it does snow.
Our weather is nothing to what it looks like the Eastern Seaboard of Canada and the US are in for. Sandy looks like a nasty little witch and with all the other factors coming into play like cold fronts, the jet stream, highs and lows, the weather forecasters are all predicting a perfect storm on the lines of the one in 1991. Except that this one isn't going to stay out at sea. I don't know how these people can be so sure that far ahead about their predictions but they talk about weather models so they must have the data, and knowledge of course, to predict such a dire storm. Although I have definitely noticed a tendency to over-warn on major weather events now ever since Katrina, but perhaps this one really is going to be as bad as they say. If that's the case, I do not envy anyone living along those coasts.
I've been walking on the back trail and with the fresh snow you would think there would be all kinds of fresh tracks. Not so. I don't think anything has moved down out of the higher country yet and all I've seen are one set of fox tracks. Oh, and the dogs have scared up numerous grouse lately so there's lots of them. Otherwise, that's about it for wildlife so far, other than some fresh moose tracks that I saw a few weeks ago going right onto the road, but I wasn't about to mention it at that time, and hopefully the kind of person that would shoot such an animal this close to residences has left the country already.
Our baby loons seem to have disappeared. We've seen the sudden arrival of various ducks, grebes and mergansers this past week, but we're no longer seeing the loons since that cold night earlier this week. I don't know if they've flown out now, or have moved to a different part of the lake not so populated with the other birds. We've seen this before, which worries me. The loons left and then came back, (or admittedly may have been entirely new ones on their way through from farther north) and that year is when some were frozen in out past the island. I'm hoping that with the snow and colder weather, the loons will have been convinced to clear out and any passing through will be able to keep on going long before freeze up five weeks from now.
It's nice to see the new bird life on the lake right now because it's been so quiet. But we always get an influx of quackers this time of year and right up until freeze up. This lake is probably a rest stop on the way south and a good feeding place. I like it because the lake still has life, even when it's steel grey and cold looking. Once freeze up comes, that's it. We're done for five months and the only life on the lake is the four legged kind. Well..... and us non-furry types. At least I have something exciting to look forward to this year. Andy bought me a plow to go on the old truck and I'm pretty pumped about it. He had to go down and pick it up in Kamloops last weekend and it's a light plow, but it looks like it will be perfect for the ice road and I am super excited. Something to make winter fun. Yaaaay!!!
I think that I've mentioned before that working so long outside this fall put me way behind working on the computer so I may not be putting up many blogs in the near future while I'm in the middle of my calendar season, but I do want to put up a page on geocaching here fairly soon, so look for that. In the meanwhile, there is a new property at Anahim Lake on the Properties for Sale page and it's a very cool place owned by a friend of mine and the price is very good. If you're in the market, take a look at it.
Good luck to those of you on the East coast when Sandy comes through. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you!

This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's blog at October Week One.

Anahim Lake Highway cam looking West.




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First snow on everything but the flags.
 
First snow of the year in October.
 
Boater pulls a large dock over grey waters of Nimpo Lake.
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