A garage in Vernon, BC
Drive south from Vernon, BC
July 28, 2008
I’m in Peachland. I was going to spend the nite in Kelowna, which is a city of around 100,000 people. As I mentioned last week, the highways here go right thru towns…they don’t bypass around them…and I drove mile upon mile of businesses, and just a quick look towards the city center didn’t inspire me.
The woman at bfast in Golden suggested I travel to Peachland, which is about 30 minutes out of my way, and also to Summerland, which is around 30 minutes further out of my way.
Going thru Kelowna, I was hoping I would like either Peachland or Summerland…and be able to find a play to stay.
Got to Peachland and fell in love. I was going to cycle along Okanagan Lake last nite, but just enjoyed the view and breeze. I also started doing research on Vancouver…which I will spend the nite tonite.
If anyone has any suggestions at all…even obvious ones…please pass them my way. I plan to be there for at least 5 days…and will leisurely explore the town, mountains and various neighborhoods.
After Vancouver and Victoria, I will check out the state of Washington [then Oregon], so again, if anyone has any suggestions…pass them on.
On to yesterday…
Yesterday was relatively low key. Hung out at the cool coffee shop. Went back to Okanagan Lake [yes…same lake…it’s huge]. The water temp wasn’t COLD, but wasn’t warm either. I could see that people would swim in it [not me..too cold], and there were lots of people in the water. I had no idea that blow up rafts/toys/things little ones can ride on were so popular at the beach.
I then went to hike up to Juniper Bay [Rattlesnake Point]. On my way I was planning…bring bear spray, where hiking shoes and thick socks… when I got there, the parking lot was full of families and lots of teenagers. Very popular spot. And lots of people walking the 20 minutes paved path/trail to the point/beach. I figured I didn’t need any of my safety gear. There was a sign “We Live Here Too” re rattlesnakes. This lake is called Kalamalka Lake [lake of many colors]. This lake was prettier than Okanagan, and it did have various colors of blue. Really pretty.
There was a shirtless hippie guy carrying around a tray selling pina colada’s and strawberry daiquiris.
On my way back to my car, I walked by 3 boys around 10 years old. 2 had no shoes on, and one did. One of the no shoes boys says to shoe boy: you need to take your shoes off and walk on the pavement…it will burn your feet up!! [Somehow, this must be fun to a 10 yo.] Shoe boy replies: no way…there are rattlesnakes here!
I thought Kalamalka’s water was cold, but there were tons of people in the water.
I had another wow scenery moment just south of Vernon. Tree covered mountains to the lake in the valley. The entire 1 hours drive to Kelowna was really pretty.
Lots of wineries here. Lots of fruit stands – mostly cherries, peaches, apricots.
Interesting landscape – the mountains on one side of the lake are baby mountains covered with green trees, the lake, and the baby mountains on the other side of the lake are brown/arid. The great divide!
As you drive into a town, there are signs that tell you the local radio station.
Today I plan to hang out and cycle around the lake here. Then check out Summerland. Then, I head to Vancouver, which is a 4.5 hour drive. I plan on taking my time and getting in later tonite.
The innkeepers are Russian. I know 2 Russian words, besides the ones we all know.
One I can get into conversation, the other one is difficult.
Spa see ba = thank you. Except, I think she was telling me it means I wish you good luck.
I always ask how to say hello, but it is just too many syllables.
Ma trush ka = as in matrushka dolls – those nesting dolls.
Oh…and I think I wrote this a while back, I also know:
EEdee!! EEdee!! EEdee!! When the little gypsy kids have you swarmed and they are trying to snake their little hands into your pockets and purse. You say this with gusto while doing that “move away” motion with your hands. I have no idea what it means, but it seems to work.