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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Amarilas, Bryan off to Walkers' Valley, Crackerjack Popcorn and Don Taylor

This Amarilas has bloomed twice a year for 5 years... It is always a treat.  
Bryan tested the ice on the Narrows and it is thick enough to cross and so off he has gone with Ishi to the Walkers Valley Line cabin to activate the trail.  He took Poncho the 550 Tundra Long Track because he has to use the Roller Coaster trail alone the lake. 

 Bryan came back the next you can see it is cold out -18 Cel.  He said there was lots of Marten, Rabbit and Wolf and Moose sign.

"On Sched". Dick in Watson Lake told a neat story about Don Taylor who recently passed on.
Don's sister in England said that Don could read in French and English in grade 3.  He went to the same school as Prince Andrew.  When he was 15 he England and went to work on the Gang Ranch in central BC.  He left there and headed north.  Don never knew that his father had contacted the RCMP and asked that they keep him informed as to his wayward son's whereabouts.  So every time Don moved further north or got another job his where-abouts were passed on to his wealthy family in England.  It made us all smile.... a good remembrance of Don Taylor who held "On Sched" for trappers and remote travelers for 30 years.
Make 1/2 cup Popcorn.
Combine 1/3 c. Molasses,  3/4 c sugar, 1/4 c water, 1/2 tsp vinegar 1/8 tsp salt and heat on low heat stirring until begins to boil.
Cook without stirring to 270 degrees F (hard ball)
Remove from heat, add 1 1/2 tbsp butter, stir slightly and then pour over popcorn.  Use wooden spoon to mix.  
Once cool break apart.

 Off Bryan goes again to set traps this time.  He spent the night out at Walkers' and returned.  Ishi and Hannah greeting him loudly. 


  1. There seems to be a lot of subdued light in your recent photos. Are you having mainly cloudy days and an abundance of snow?

    I heard Don on his nightly sched a number of times. I think he was a character and enjoyed reading his many letters to the editor about Watson Lake politics.


  2. Good luck with the new trapline sets. Those look like lucky new orange pants for Bryan!

  3. Wonderful stories of Don and Bryan's work! That new page picture is terrific!

  4. It has been snowing for a week now and the sun is gone behind the mountains for a couple of months. Those orange pants are bib faller pants. Bryan wears wool pants and longjohns underneath them. Bryan took that front page photo down on the Sutlahine...


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