Charles is doing a new music video for Laura Kelsey. The song is called "Wild Mountain Woman", and Laura wrote it after moving here from the city and being inspired by the women of the Cariboo.
You have to be pretty tough to live out here. Even the most pampered women still need to deal with long nights, frigid temperatures, icy roads, and power outages. There are women in my neighbourhood who run traplines, hunt with bows, operate excavators or fix their own tractors, and tend livestock at -40, on top of having the more traditional "womanly" skills of gardening, preserving food, or knitting.
About 30 of our local wild mountain women met for the filming. All of them are tough, resourceful, and enthusiastic. We met at a local lake, where we had a great time shooting the video and then had a bit of a party, eating chili by a bonfire. The whole afternoon, we were joined by a family of otters who popped up through a hole in the lake ice to eat fish and watch us.