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Wilderness Adventures - Sept., Week One/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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09/09/2012 12:20 PM

I Spoke Too Soon

In my last post for the end of August I commented on how it seemed to be the end of summer because the weather had cooled substantially. I was wrong again, of course. We definitely had a little cool down for a week or less but the last few days since the Labour Day weekend until today have been absolutely magnificent! Day after day has dawned clear and sunny with our temperatures climbing steadily over the week reaching as high as 24 and 26C, very nice for September!
It's been a little toasty for working though, but since I absolutely refuse to miss days like that going into fall, I've been working outside all day for the past few. I've been utterly exhausted, hot, and dusty, but I've been happy with what I've accomplished and yesterday I was super happy because Andy ran the Bobcat for me and we got even more stuff accomplished that I've been waiting on for some time. I really do need to learn how to run that thing so I can tackle my own projects at will, especially when my other half is busy with other stuff.
I haven't seen a lot of Andy lately. Not only was he gone for a couple of days last week picking up a flat car from Clinton and hauling it back on a low bed, but it's that time of year when all the neighbours want to get going on their projects before the snow flies. The bugs are gone now so everyone is outside working and putting in as many hours a day as they can stand.
The evenings have been nice enough to have our own fire or attend that of the neighbour's and I'm hoping that the weather will smarten up enough for us to be around a fire tonight, although it doesn't look promising. The wind has been blowing pretty wildly all day and although there is some sun, it's a lot cooler than it has been with even cooler temperatures expected by this evening. There's a cold front moving down from the Alaskan Panhandle and it's expected to drop temps throughout the province for the next three days with a slow warm up starting again on Wednesday that should go through next weekend.
We went fishing a few days ago when we decided we needed a little rest from work and did okay. The first hour was really slow with only one fish in, and it a small one, but the second hour we were catching fish one after another. None were big and fat like they usually are by this time of year but they were still nice trout and will be perfect for smoking. It seems everyone is commenting on the same thing.... the fish are nice looking but not plump as usual and we all conjecture at the cause. It might be that there are just too many fish for the lake now and not enough food for them. The lake has been receiving less and less fishing pressure every year and there may have been a little population explosion with all the nutrients washing into the water the past couple of years. In any case, the fish have definitely changed. But who knows? A late spring and cool early summer may just mean that they're a little late starting and in October they might be as big and fat as they were last year. After all, it's been a long, hot summer, and the fish may not have been feeding as well as they might. We have noticed that they're definitely bigger after a rainy summer than after a hot one. I guess we shall see.
We still catch glimpses now and then of our baby loons and as of a few days ago, they were both still alive. They're rarely together now and while the one still hangs on to Mama a lot, the other wanders all over the back bay and elsewhere, so it's much harder to keep track of them now. The bald eagles have tried to double team them a few times but the dogs are diligent (River hates them and always sets up a ruckus when one is about) and Andy chases them away when he sees them. At least the babies are way too big to be drowned easily now I should think. Adult loons can go under water for several minutes and a couple of hundred feet so they should be able to avoid the eagles long enough for them to become bored with the chase.
With the exception of today when the waves on Nimpo Lake have been really wild, every day the lake has been flat calm or nearly so. It's been perfect for canoeing and kayaking and we even saw a band of fishermen/women out flyfishing in their belly boats the other day. Another set of our neighbours just arrived last week and since then have been kayaking on Nimpo Lake, Kappan and Charlotte Lakes with the latter being flat calm, an unusual event, and they were amazed at how clear and clean Charlotte is. It's true that you can see 30 feet down to the bottom in the shallows very easily. It's probably one of the most pristine lakes around and the Atnarko River which drains it is considered to be one of the cleanest rivers in British Columbia.

September 10 – 11:30 AM

I had to quit yesterday because of a dinner invitation for deep fried turkey over at the neighbours', an interesting invention to be sure, but very good. We gathered around a fire a few hours later and let me tell you, it was not warm! I was glad to have worn warm clothes and grateful my other half thought to bring cushions for the chairs because I'm thinking ours were the only warm butts there. Everyone else was sitting on plastic lawn chairs and those things are as cold as can be without a cushion on them when temperatures drop, and they certainly did last night. The sky had cleared and the stars were as bright and numerous as they could possibly be but we left just after ten to come home and the temperature was already down to just two degrees above freezing. I was glad I covered my veggies last night because they wouldn't have made it through the frost we had otherwise. The zucchini must have gotten the inkling that something was up because it was smothered with flowers and baby zucs this morning in a last ditch effort to reproduce before the plant freezes.
Today wasn't supposed to be a great day but the sun is shining and it's slowly warming up. There are some big banks of dark clouds hanging about but I think it's supposed to be quite nice by tomorrow. I have guests coming in this week and of course if it's nice out, you know I won't be writing a blog. :-)
Oh, but hey, before I go I just want to mention something. Andy and I suck when it comes to technology, even though computers are supposed to be my business but it really is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. Andy has an iPad now and a friend of our neighbours was showing us the other night how you could see all the stars above your head on the iPad, just by raising it up and facing it in any direction you want. It's really amazing and really beautiful. Because our air is so clear here and the stars so bright, it's neat to hold the iPad up and be able to identify the names of the stars and planets that you can see in any patch of sky. The app is called Star Walk and you can identify 20,000 plus objects in the sky including satellites and the International Space Station. Andy came home and immediately downloaded it onto his iPad but we were a little confused as to the stars it was showing us when we pointed it to the sky. Finally, the next morning, we figured out that the app had us pegged as being in Africa. Once Andy changed the location to ours, we could identify all the constellations in our night sky on the screen. I couldn't recommend this higher to anyone with an Apple product and only regret that my father isn't alive today. He would have dearly loved the technology involved.

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


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!
Two fishermen in a yellow boat.
 
A pretty red and white plane just taking off of the water.
 
Grey clouds over the mountains as a plane flies over.
 
Blue sky, blue water.
 
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