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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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30/10/2009 8:50 PM

Atrocious Highway

I had to drive home from Williams Lake to Nimpo yesterday afternoon and the condition of the highway from Williams Lake to Lee's Corner was absolutely atrocious and dangerous as hell. There was no excuse that could explain the shape that section of highway was in.
When I spoke to Andy yesterday morning he said we got about six inches of snow out here overnight. But only about an inch or so fell in WL before it started melting, not that it didn't make a mess of things because it did. But I figured if that's as bad as it got, okay, even though the temperature wasn't climbing more than a degree or so above freezing.
I did appointments and shopping, etc. and then made the decision to drive out instead of staying in town another night, mainly because Andy said the temperature at Nimpo had climbed to over six degrees and that a warm front should be moving my way. Well it was, just not quickly enough.
I drove from Williams Lake to Sheep Creek bridge keeping a close eye on the thermometer the whole way. The road was very wet but it was still a little above freezing, so far so good. Until I climbed out of the canyon carved by the Fraser River the road was fine. It's once I got up on top that things went to hell in a hurry. I don't have words in my vocabulary to do justice to what I think of the road maintenance crew responsible for that section of highway, but I was still running through my large repertoire every time the wheel twisted in my hands because one tire or another on the truck got caught in slush. The farther I went, the worse it got and I constantly had to gear down to fight my way through a drift of snow in order to keep from being pulled off the road and into the ditch, or hitting someone head on.
At one point I had to fight through a bad patch with the truck being jerked all over by the slush when I saw a lumber truck coming toward me. I got the truck under control and was nearly out of the patch when he passed me. He recognized the truck and called me on the radio to warn me that it just got much worse from there and that the slush was actually the best part of the road. That so did not make me happy.
I had the truck in four wheel drive but there was still nowhere to go if there was a problem. The jerk offs from Williams Lake had only bothered to make one pass west and one pass back with plow trucks on the highway. That meant it was only just wide enough for two vehicles to pass. However, in many spots, either where it had drifted or where they lifted their plow for awhile, the road was covered in deep snow that had melted to heavy slush. Worse yet were the long stretches where they had plowed but left a long strip of heavy slush right where the front driver's tire would normally run on opposing traffic. There's no way they could safely drive on it, so oncoming traffic had to run with one tire on the center line, because there wasn't enough open road for them to move over toward their shoulder, or they would have been pulled right into the ditch. I was in constant danger of doing that because I was driving a dually, so I couldn't move over very much for the oncoming traffic that was having to drive the center line. It was unbelievable! I don't know why there weren't a number of head on collisions yesterday other than most people were driving for the conditions, and most people are pretty good winter drivers in this part of the country. They've had to be because they certainly can't rely on the road maintenance crew to improve conditions. I can only imagine what havoc could have been wreaked by a young driver from the city of Vancouver.
I think those S.O.B.'s from IRL thought they could get away with only doing the very minimum plowing on highway 20 yesterday because they knew a warm front was coming and they would just wait for the snow to melt rather than do their jobs. I really wish I had my camera with me, because even though it would have been dangerous to stop in many places, and I sure as hell wasn't taking even one hand off the wheel, I still would have figured a way to document the conditions, even if it meant running video from the dash board of my truck. There was just no excuse for that highway to be in that kind of shape! None!!!
I passed a couple of spots where people had obviously been pulled into the ditch, one even looked like a big truck had gone in, and I passed a car upside down crosswise in the ditch. Fortunately, the cops had already been there. You know, you have to wonder what those maintenance bastards are thinking.... or do they even have brains? Surely they must wonder what loss of life they've caused, or even just financial loss to people who have to get their vehicles towed out of ditches and repaired even if they aren't injured. That's the reason why Andy quit once IRL got the road contract over CRS, who had always provided extraordinary service. His new bosses were too cheap to provide salt, mag, good sand, or decent equipment and he refused to be responsible for someone's death because he could not do the job he knew should be done. It's the reason why many really good drivers have quit them in the past couple of years since they got the contract. And I guess the ones still there just don't care.
I finally made it to the top of the hill above Lee's Corner where the highway conditions changed dramatically. To do them credit, Alexis Creek's area was in excellent condition with the highway plowed right to the shoulders as it should be. But I saw one sand truck pull out of a side road across from the rest area at Lee's Corner and go down the hill toward Alexis Creek. He had his plow down. I know because I saw the sparks while driving behind him, but he had no snow in front of him. I know he was on his easternmost boundary, but why the hell wasn't he plowing up on the flats and at Riske Creek where he was really needed instead of plowing bare pavement? Because apparently, even though it's all the same company, the road maintenance crew won't go outside their boundaries. They would rather see drivers dead along the side of the highway instead, I guess.
The only really bad section I hit after leaving Alexis Creek was on their westernmost boundary. It was pretty nasty there but Bar Hill was sanded at least, and then it was bad again above that. However, I started hitting warmer temperatures and by the time I hit the burn at Tatla Lake, it was up to 8C. I breathed a sigh of relief. At least if the warm front had made it that far east, it was probably okay the rest of the way home, and it was. A far cry from a few hours earlier when the lumber truck had gone through. Based on his experience, he had warned me about the area around Bar Hill and that it was very icy from Tatla Lake right to Anahim Lake, but he was probably ahead of the warm front so he took the brunt of the bad roads. In any case, the road maintenance company that has the contract for the Cariboo Chilcotin does an absolutely appalling job overall, and it's really too bad, because in winter, lives are at stake.
Roads were dry and bare on Wednesday on the way into Williams Lake so I got to enjoy the scenery a bit more. Even so, all I saw for wildlife was one coyote and a few deer. Oh, and loads of ducks, swans, and geese here and there on the river below Redstone and on the pond at Kleena Kleene Ranch. And there were the cattle of course. It's the end of open range season and the cattle are on the move. There were quite a few along the highway waiting for someone to come and take them home for the winter.
I went for a walk with the dogs on the back trails today and saw some signs of life in the fresh snow, although so many tracks had melted out it was hard to see what they might have been. There were some squirrel tracks but not many rabbit so they must be on a down cycle right now. The only other tracks that were recognizable were fox tracks and they were pretty close to our driveway, which I know has been driving the dogs crazy at night. I think he sneaks into the yard, maybe just to see how far he can get before the dogs sound the alarm. Thankfully, I didn't see anything melted out large enough on the back trail for it to be a bear track, so our grizzlies from last year must be long gone, or as suggested by a CO, dead of starvation.
Today was amazing for temperature. That pineapple express took it up over 11C or 52F today and though we had pretty wild winds, they were warm. It took away all the snow in the open areas and the rain we've had all evening will probably do in the snow in the woods. It will be nice for a change having warm temperatures for a Halloween Party instead of everyone freezing when standing outside to watch fireworks.
Don't forget, folks! The Halloween Party starts at 7:00 at the Hall tomorrow night and fireworks are at 9:00. I've spent a few hours cooking snacks for tomorrow night and will probably spend a good bit of the day tomorrow doing the same when not decorating, so there won't be a blog for a day or two. I've run out of time so no new Picture of the Day. I'm afraid it will have to stay the same.
Happy Halloween, folks!! Good haunting!
27/10/2009 11:23 AM

Typical Fall

Our weather isn't straying much from the norm for this time of year. Most days the temperature only gets a couple of degrees above freezing and then sits there, especially since we haven't had a lot of solid sun. It's been more a mix of sun and cloud with heavy frost in the morning so it takes a long time to warm up through the day.
Today is bitter with a chilly breeze out of the north that just lets you know winter is coming and this is what it's going to feel like.
I have to drive into Willy's puddle tomorrow morning and I'm not looking forward to it. We're supposed to have snow for the next few days and frankly, with the due care and attention generally paid to the highway by the road maintenance crews, I'm expecting road conditions to be heinous if conditions after our last snow fall is anything to go by. I'm hoping that they're a little better prepared for snow this time but I won't hold my breath.
Our days seem to be shortening up at a great rate now. I know that Andy is very much looking forward to the time change this weekend so that he has daylight an hour earlier in the morning. (He's been quietly cheering whenever he thinks I'm not looking every time it's been brought up on the news.)I don't look forward to it at all because, of course, I would like it light later in the afternoon, but you've all heard that argument before. Maybe that's why I dislike the month of November so much. Long, dark days that are often dreary and cold with no hope of the days getting longer until after the middle of December. There's no ice on the lake yet so you can't drive on it, or cross country ski on it. There's not enough snow to go snowmobiling but it's too chilly to do summer stuff, like go fishing. It's just one of those in between blah months that I could personally do without. Unfortunately, it is on the calendar and I can't seem to get it off.
The same can probably be said for the month of April, although that can vary and March can be the bad month instead. Depending on the kind of year it is, one of those two months will be icy, muddy, too warm to sled and too cold to garden and generally just a very unappealing month. But unlike November, there's hope that spring is coming and you have that to look forward to. I can start making plans on what I want to do in the garden, and what projects we want to work on for the summer, of which there is unlimited number.
Before I forget, for those full time residents, part time residents or folks that are here off and on throughout the year, I just want to let everyone know ahead of time about what's happening at New Year's before you all start making plans. Everyone around the lake would like to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Millennium Year Ice Party. Because organization is such a big job, we haven't wanted to do it every year, but now seems a very appropriate year for it.
Like the last ice party, if you have a Christmas Tree, please save it for the Ice Party so that we can plant it in the ice along with others around the dance floor and string them with lights. There will be a 'dance' floor, bonfires, and ice bar with non alcoholic punch. (Liquor will be something individuals will have to look after themselves, as there will not be a cash bar.) This is a community event where everyone from Anahim, Nimpo, Charlotte, and Tatla for that matter, is more than welcome to attend. This is not a Nimpo Lake Community Association sponsored event. Just folks around the lake putting on a little party that people can attend on snowmobiles, ATV's, or skiis for that matter. We will also clear a parking lot for vehicles well away from the festivities.
We will try to arrange for bus transportation to and from Anahim Lake and around Nimpo but that's still to be negotiated. Thanks to Leah and Richard, there will also be fireworks, and hopefully folks will throw in a donation for that. We also have to see how we can arrange for snacks, and maybe for weenie and marshmallow roasts over the bonfires for the kids and people will be encouraged to bring their own seating if they can, but we'll try to get hold of some hay bales as well. So.... just a little heads up folks! Hope to see everyone there. Details will be on posters that will be coming fairly soon and I'll keep this updated as well.
I'll be back in a few days and a good weekend to all if I don't write before then.
22/10/2009 9:42 AM

Tanker Accident

We got sad news yesterday afternoon of an accident on Highway 20. The driver that brings out our bulk fuel missed a bad corner on this side of Tatla Lake on his way out with a delivery yesterday morning and put his truck in the ditch. I spoke to him only last week when I ordered our fuel and it seems a shock that he's gone. Our hearts go out to his family.
It takes a lot of guts to travel this highway on a weekly, or tri weekly basis for some, in all four seasons, particularly spring, fall, and winter. This time of year can be particularly bad because you never know what to expect from the road. As Andy said, it was just below freezing early yesterday morning but didn't seem to be, so if you didn't know that and the road looked good, you would never know that a slippery coating of frost might be on the surface of the road.
Winter can be bad but by then drivers on Highway 20 expect the road to be nasty and adjust their driving habits accordingly. Once winter hits, ice or snow on the road is pretty obvious and you slow down. Spring can be another tricky time of year. The highway can be clear but often there's surprise black ice or frost on the road late in the season that can catch you unawares. Andy's a truck driver from way back and hauled lumber over this highway for a couple of years with a super bee, and he says you just don't think much about it. He's had a few hairy experiences, admittedly some from driving too fast, but he says it's just part of the job.
It may be part of the job, but we've a lot of dedicated drivers from the mail man, grocery truck drivers, bulk fuel and propane truck drivers and our freight driver that have to go over 300 hundred miles of very lonely stretch of highway each way from Williams Lake to Bella Coola, and then back again several times a week. And six months out of the year, that can be just about the most rotten and lonely stretch of road you'll find anywhere. On an average week day you may only pass five vehicles on the highway from Williams Lake to Anahim Lake, and if it's early in the morning, you won't even see that many. If you break down or slide off the road, it can be a long time before someone comes along that can give you a lift to the nearest telephone. So whether they just consider it a part of their job or not, my thanks and the thanks of everyone in all of our communities that rely on those truck drivers to 'just do their jobs.' Sadly, some do lose their lives doing that job.
Highway 20 was closed for most of the day yesterday until late afternoon due to the accident. Our phone lines were also dead. I didn't even realize that yesterday, although it did seem nice that the phone didn't ring at all. It wasn't until Andy came home yesterday evening and checked the phone that I even realized it was dead. Apparently the explosion of the truck burned the fibre optics line running from Williams Lake to out here. It was still dead this morning but I just noticed that it's working now so we either have just local service or they've gotten a crew out from WL to splice the fibre optics line back together.
The weather yesterday was actually really, really nice. Not that I got to enjoy it. I was and am in the middle of a website project (actually a graphics project for a website that is either going to look sensational if it works or is not going to come together at all.) that kept me at my desk all day. I should have gone for a walk because it looks like it may have been the warmest day we've seen in days. The temperature didn't dip much below freezing yesterday morning and got downright balmy yesterday afternoon with mixed sun and cloud. This morning is a different kettle of fish. Unlike yesterday, there is no breeze yet, but there is a lot of frost on the ground and the sun hasn't made an appearance yet through low level cloud. It's a good day to work inside. Just so you know, because of this graphics thing I'm working on, I may not write for a few days unless something comes up. Have a good weekend if I don't.

20/10/2009 10:37 AM

Mish Mash of This and That

It's pretty frosty again this morning but not that much below freezing. There's a lot of fog rolling off of Nimpo Lake right now so it's hard to even see the island. I don't imagine the temperature dropped any lower last night than it did the night before, probably around -4C, but up on the highway away from the lake influence, Andy said it was -8C or 17.6F yesterday morning and I expect it was even colder in Anahim Lake. Still, if today turns out to be anything like yesterday, it will be a beauty!
I have a mish mash of things to bring up today. First item up is that we're having a Halloween Dance at the Nimpo Lake Community Hall on Saturday, October 31st. with fireworks. Kids are more than welcome to come to the fireworks with their parents and we will have free refreshments for them, but they won't be allowed to stay for the dance. (I will never, ever, understand Canadian laws in that regard. Why should children not be allowed to be in a building where adults may be drinking? Parents aren't going to let their kids go around sipping on drinks at home so it doesn't seem likely that it will happen at a function. However, we are so over regulated in that regard compared to the US that I'm surprised the Canadian Government allows us to think for ourselves.)
In any case, if you would like to donate toward the fireworks, that would be wonderful. For the dance, it's 5$ at the door and there will be snacks and a bar. Coffee and cola for designated drivers is free. Doors open at 7:00 and fireworks are at 9:00. There will also be a bonfire outside the Hall. Everyone welcome!
Second item up: Bryan Reid from Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake is donating the logs to the West Chilcotin Tourism Association that we want to use for entrance signs on each end of the three communities of Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake, and Tatla Lake. Thank you Bryan!
Third up: A small number of us (mostly Directors from the WCTA and tourism operators) met one evening last week with Donna Barnett, the MLA for the Cariboo Chilcotin region. Under discussion was the state of Highway 20 and the lack of rigid BC Ferry schedules for early spring and fall. But most importantly for me was to be able to thank her personally for her involvement in making sure the Forestry lookout station was manned here this year. As you probably recall, I was venting in a big way against the Cariboo Fire Center early this summer because they refused to man our forest fire lookout on Little Kappan Mountain. Once I got hold of Donna Barnett, she took the ball and ran with it, managing to get three of the nine lookouts manned, including ours. It most probably saved our butts out here since we ended up with a wicked fire season. So although I contacted the television and print media, and did whatever else I could to get that thing manned, I have to give Donna full credit for making things happen. Thank you Donna! I might add that I was very impressed with her at last week's meeting. She's very down to earth and practical, and a perfect fit for the Cariboo Chilcotin region. Unfortunately, if she is as attentive to everyone's complaints and concerns that she meets with as she was with us, I fear she will burn out if she actually tries to follow up on everything. But she has my full respect and support for trying. It was a real pleasure to meet someone that didn't have 'Politician' written all over them.
I might add that she was not impressed with the state of our highway on her way out here that day. We had gotten snow the day before and right from Alexis Creek it was apparent that road maintenance crews had done nothing to plow or sand the highway. I rode with Heidy out to the meeting on the other side of Anahim Lake and the highway was ugly. It was even worse by the time we came back because the melting snow had melted into a sheen of ice with no sand or salt for traction. Andy said when he went out the next morning he was able to spin every wheel on the big belly dump truck he was driving down to Towdystan it was so slippery. I expect the highways guys heard about it from Donna when she got back to town because she was furious. By late afternoon sand had been dumped on the highway but the Pineapple Express had arrived, all the snow had melted, and the highway was dry by that time. If their situation was the same as it was in Tatla, they simply did not have their sand trucks ready in time for winter. I can't say that's the local guys' fault. I know that their bosses in 100 Mile are as cheap as they come and I doubt they were willing to pay a winter crew to come on before the end of October. That's what we get for the Government taking the lowest bid for highway 'maintenance'. To give them their due, where the local guys have had any kind of funding, they've done what they could for us in the way of summer time grading and they've done a good job. Although if they don't get on the stick for our fall grading, the road will freeze up before that happens and we'll be dealing with wash board all winter under the ice as happened a couple of years ago.
Well, it's noon already and although the fog has lifted off of the lake, that's about as high as it has gone, even with a breeze. I have no idea if there's a layer of cloud above us or just fog, but we're sure not seeing sun so far today! So I guess it's a good day to stay inside and get some computer work done. I certainly don't have the urge to go fishing out there today, I can tell you that. I saw a couple of guys huddled up in heavy coats in their fishing boat come trolling out of the fog a little earlier and can only commend their dedication.

19/10/2009 10:19 AM

Frosty Pumpkin

I got up this morning to some pretty heavy frost on the ground. Had we had pumpkins, they would have been white. Still, it was only about -4C or 25F but could have been much colder since it was pretty clear last night and it looks like it's going to blossom into quite a nice day, today, with lots of sunshine and crisp air.
Saturday was not a particularly nice day since it was gloomy most of the day with a chilly wind bringing damp off of Nimpo Lake, or from the ocean for all I know.
Yesterday it was overcast for a good part of the day but very warm and the fish were jumping out on the lake constantly. It just about drove me crazy and shortly after lunch once a bunch of chores were done, Andy and I decided we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go fishing. It may be the last chance we get before winter sets in and I was determined to stay out as long as possible. Man, were those fish biting!
Since I wanted to limit out for fish in the freezer for winter, I was cheating and putting little chunks of worm on my fly. I don't know how many times I had fish chewing on my worms, but I managed to set the hook in a few of them. We hadn't gotten far from in front of the house when I had one on that I brought in. I had just gotten my line back in the water when another one hit hard but he tail walked on the water a couple of times and spit the hook out. The third one I brought in was too dark and almost looked like it had spawning colors already so we put it back in the lake. After that on the way to the island and looping back I had loads more nibbling at my worm but none took the whole hook. I picked up another one or two on the way back toward the house and then Andy got one shortly after that. I tried to talk him into putting a piece of worm on his hook because I really wanted some fillets in the freezer but he wouldn't go for it. Too much of a purist and not a meat fisherman, even if it does taste great midwinter!
It had been over an hour and we were both getting chilled because the sun refused to stay out for any length of time, but the fish were plopping out of the water all around us and we decided to take another short run to the island and back.
On the way back toward the house I caught a granddaddy in the same spot as I often have before. Invariably I've lost the really big one when it's either shaken the hook, or taken my hook and part of my line so I was really concentrating on getting this guy in for a change. He was big! Even Andy realized that when I first caught him and he was raising a ruckus behind the boat. He stripped out a pile of line right off the bat and I was just trying to keep him on until Andy got his line in, then brought him toward the boat but let him run when he wanted to. Finally, I got him close to the boat and whenever he dove, I let him, then would start pulling line back in again. He was right at the boat, then slack. Nothing. Nada. I pulled in my line minus the fly where it broke on the knot, with nothing but a partial curleque at the end to show for my fish. Dang!!! That's about the umpteen time that has happened over the years that we've fished this lake, especially in late fall and always in about the same part of the bay. Who knows how many hooks have dissolved in that boy's mouth but I'll bet mine isn't the only rigging he's eaten. Andy says it's unlikely that big fish caught in this lake have been caught before, but I don't agree. Enough people have found lures in a fish's stomach that didn't belong to them for me to believe they get caught more than once all the time, especially the bigger ones.
At least we got five fish out of the deal. I would liked to have stayed out longer but we were both getting cold and I think Andy was getting a little fed up with me getting all the hits. But I think they're hungry right now and were going after the worm rather than just a fly. Once we came in all you could see were splashes and fish rings on the lake for the rest of the afternoon and early evening, but Andy wasn't buying into going back out again. With all this sunshine and once it warms up, it would be perfect for fishing today, but he'll be working for the next couple of weeks so as I said, yesterday may well have been our last chance to fish unless I try casting off our dock.
The chickadees started hanging around looking for the seed feeder this weekend, so fall must be crisping up to the point that they need more fuel. We put the feeder out yesterday and they've been merrily stocking up on seed ever since. It's nice to hear them singing out there. I just went outside because I heard some pretty loud knocking and a big woodpecker has shown up but it's too early yet to put out suet. Oops, change that thought. There's two of them out there and after testing the house, the flag pole, and the greenhouse, they're now looking for bugs in the few green trees we have left, so I've put some suet out after all. Better that than for them to put holes in our trees.
A friend of ours got his first moose yesterday. He's pretty young and so was very excited about it, as was his fiance. I guess once they got it up to the shop yesterday evening, they got to work skinning and quartering it after borrowing knives and a meat saw from us. While Len knows how to look after a moose, the other two have never had to deal with a large animal like that before and it was quite an experience for them. It was also quite an undertaking until Henry and his girlfriend showed up to help with the skinning, which went quickly after that because he's quite an expert. He showed them how to clean the meat properly and told them how to prepare the heart, liver, and tongue. It's a good lesson. Most first time hunters have no idea of the work involved in properly caring for an animal once it's been shot to ensure none of the meat is wasted. We told them to call us if they needed help but I know from experience that three people skinning a carcass is usually one person too many, but I didn't learn until today that they didn't actually have it hanging but that it was more or less laying down. That makes it a lot tougher and more time consuming, which explains why it took them until well after midnight to finish the job. But they learned from an expert, and that's key in case they have to do the job themselves after this.
The fish are still jumping like crazy out on the lake and not a single fishing boat in sight. It's shaping up to be a wonderful day so I'm going to look for an excuse to go outside today instead of being stuck on this computer!

16/10/2009 10:09 PM

The Pineapple Express

First it's cold, then there's snow, then rain, and now a Pineapple Express. Mother Nature definitely doesn't want anyone to make up their mind as to what season they're in.
It warmed up yesterday but not a huge amount and there was high cloud obscuring the sun so it didn't warm up nearly so much as it might have if it had been sunny all day. Today, you didn't need the sun, it was that warm. When you've got a warm wind from the south, you've got a Pineapple Express.
This morning dawned sunny and nearly clear with temperatures that stayed about three degrees above freezing all night. I was thinking of going for a walk and was just doing a couple of minutes worth of stuff on the computer when I happened to glance out my office and noticed how gray it was. I thought it must just be the light so I stepped out into the living room and sure enough, the sky had been socked in with solid gray cloud in a matter of minutes. I decided to skip the walk for the time being and get up to Nimpo to post some mail, and walked smack dab into a major rain storm on my way out to the truck. A few squalls marched through and then it cleared up and it warmed up to about 12C or 54F this afternoon. That's warm for this time of year.
As you can see from the pictures on the right, things can change pretty quickly from one minute to the next.
Between the rain and the warm temperatures, our four inches of snow on the ground has mostly gone. Most of it went this afternoon and it was even nice enough that there were a couple of boats with fishermen out on the lake today.
The Dean River where it exits Nimpo Lake froze over in that cold spell we had there and was still frozen over when I came back from Nimpo this morning. We've been getting some pretty good winds all day so I expect waves from the lake will eventually bust the ice up, but it's surprising to see it frozen this early in the year.
That snow allowed for some good tracking for people hunting this fall. I noticed the tracks of a small vehicle that wound all through the back trails behind our place today. I don't really like seeing someone hunting this close to residences in the area, but I guess there's not much a person can do about it. If someone is hunting the back trails I hesitate to even take the dogs for a walk. Sometimes you can run into an excitable hunter that shoots before he actually looks.
This warming trend is supposed to continue for the next few days which will give me an opportunity to get out of my office and finish doing some clean up, especially over at the neighbour's greenhouse, where the plants and soil froze before I could get to them.
I'm in the middle of my calendar season now but I've pretty much printed off all that I have confirmation on from my clients so far so I get a little break. By the way, for anyone that would like some fridge magnet calendars tailored to their business to give out to customers or clients, you can reach me on the contact page on this site, or check out some examples of what they look like on my web design page under Graphics & Marketing They're very popular with customers of my clients, because they're small and will fit on the door of a fridge, cash register, in a vehicle, and are different from the gadzillion full sized calendars that all the businesses hand out, of which most people only hang one or two up at most and the rest land in a drawer somewhere. Whereas everyone displays these fridge magnet calendars, and most importantly, they're tailored to the business. That's unlike the full sized calendars where you usually have a little slot cut out of the calendar and that's where your business information is.
One other thing. Bob B. from Texas, I did reply to your email and asked for confirmation that you got it, but haven't received any note back, so I can only assume you didn't get it. You must have a pretty wicked filter on your email client.
On a final note, all the turkey leftovers should be gone by now for those of you that celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, and if they're not, throw them out!! Have a good weekend, everyone.
Last week's articles can be found at October Week Two.

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!
Pink sunset on Nimpo Lake October 18.
Snow covers autumn colored bushes in front of a blue lake.
Greenhouse and bushes covered in snow near flags.
A dock being moved on Nimpo Lake for winter storage.
A floatplane on Nimpo Lake with a backdrop of snow covered mountains.
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