Quick holiday in Kelowna, B.C….

Last Wednesday my husband and I took a 5-day trip to Kelowna, B.C.  I had never been there and since he had to go to Calgary and then Kelowna for business meetings, I tagged along.  Once business was done we were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and spectacular scenery of the Okanagan Valley.  There is a story that Ogopogo, a distant cousin to the Loch Ness monster, lives in the lake that stretches from one end of the valley to the other.  Along the lake, you will find a number of cities and small communities.  We had the wonderful opportunity to go on a wine tour with Club Wine Tours, and Bill our guide gave us tremendous insight into the makings of wine and some of the history of the region.  The vineyards and scenery were spectacular.  I was really glad Bill was driving, as after 6 hours of touring, we had consumed a fair amount of wine.  We had three others guests with us, two from Zimbabwe and their mother/grandmother from Scotland.  What fabulous company!  I have to say that this was my first wine tour and hats off to Bill for showing us a great time.

Another adventure we went on was the Myra Cannon Trestles.  High up in the hills and forest areas of the area sits about 18 wooden trestles spanning the numerous valleys.  Way back in the old days of the cowcatcher trains, travel trough these areas would have been impossible without the connecting trestles and series of tunnels.  Today the trestles have been restored and the tracks removed but the area has become a provincial park and bikes can be rented for the 4 hour trip out and back.  Where the tracks once lay is now a maintained road leading to each trestle and tunnel and you can walk or bike the route.  We walked, only because there were no bikes left my size but the scenery was surreal.  The telltale burned trees are still there where in 2003 a huge fire apparently started by a lightning strike, raged through the valley coming within inches of the city of Kelowna.  Many homes in the hills were destroyed along with hectares of forest.  But Mother Nature is good to her children and you can see the rebirth of the forest as the young seedlings have taken hold and the land rebuilds itself.  I’ve attached here just a few of the shots I took of our trip.  I hope you enjoy them.

Vineyard

Vineyard

Netting the grapes to prevent birds from eating

Netting the grapes to prevent birds from eating

Lunch stop at vineyard

Lunch stop at vineyard

Red Grapes

Red Grapes

"Dirty Laundry" vineyard

“Dirty Laundry” vineyard

Green Grapes

Green Grapes

Time to harvest these

Time to harvest these

Okanagon Lake and valley

Okanagon Lake and valley

 

 

 

 

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