Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Nostalgia, Mountains, and Global Warming

In the previous post, I reported that on October 15, my wife and I went swimming in the nearby Whatshan Lake. In the meantime, we finally had some much-needed rain but the temperatures for this time of the year are still way above normal. My followers in their comments asked me when we would get our first frost. This question brought back some fond memories of my annual pilgrimage to the mountains. In the 1980s, I never climbed up to the 8200 ft McBride mountain alone. At least one of our five sons accompanied me. Our hike would take place near the end of August. Often the meadows of the lower valley were covered by a white blanket of frost. Fast forward to the presence. Heart Creek, our main source of water, almost ran dry this year. Our garden is still producing red beets and cherry tomatoes. Only yesterday I picked a basket full of these delicious fruits from the vine. This is just another piece of evidence of climate change. Quite frankly, as pleasant as an extended warm spell may be, it makes me quite a bit worried.

Our son Tony and I are on the plateau of McBride. (1986) The ridge behind us leads to the higher Mt. Hilda

My wife planted the tomatoes in the soil under the gravel. They enjoyed the extra heat from the rocks.

11 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. We all should be worried! At least you are living someplace that might last longer than most in the warming earth. But, really if it keeps going so fast I don’t think any place will be totally safe.

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  2. Certainly, a worrying trend. Good to see your old picture with your son. Do you have a newer one that was clicked a few years ago? Would be nice to see the change.

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  3. The tomatoes are looking great! But you are right, we s hould be worried. We didn’t have a draught here this year, only a bit in spring and early summer, but temperatures are still high for the season. Spring flowers are coming up.
    For Denmark the problem will be the rising sea level. I guess that at a certain point, Denmark will just consist of a few miniature islands. Norway will be better off, parts of Sweden as well. Finland will disappear and develop into one big swamp like the everglades.

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  4. There are signs everywhere that the climate is changing. Some refute it by showing examples of unusually cooler weather in places but that is the result of shifting weather patterns as a result of the warming. At least you have some positive vegetable supply because of the lasting warmth but as in all things there is a price to pay for such phenomena.

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