Catching up: I looked back on my photos and I barely took any while we were in Grand Forks, Castlegar, Trail, Slocan, or Creston. Then before we knew it we were at the last stop of our trip: Osoyoos and Keremeos!
We went to this beautiful park in Trail. It was on the lake. Just to the left of this photo, across the river is a HUGE industrial plant- smokestacks and all! You couldn’t see it from the beach though. The water here was very cold.
Osoyoos was beautiful, and thankfully we got to spend the Saturday between working and an event there. I got some reading, painting, and fruit-eating in. Unfortunately no swimming because the swim area only got 2 1/2 feet deep! There was also a thunderstorm that afternoon.
Here is the thunderstorm about to happen. I was phoning Beccy and Antonia at this point.
I also ate alone in a fancy restaurant for the first time. I wore a nice dress I’d bought that day, and even had the waiter photograph me. I looked crazy in the photo, so I won’t show it to you here.
Catching up with short blurbs about the places I visited on the way back to the lower mainland, notably Nelson, Grand Forks, Creston, and Osoyoos/Keremeos. Sorry I got pre-occupied on the return stretch and took an unannounced hiatus. If you’re still with us here at theresemah.wordpress.com, welcome 🙂
Nelson was a blast! I cannot believe no one has told me about how unique and funky this place is before! (Or maybe mentions of Nelson went over my head because I hadn’t been there yet). At any rate I was blown away by how.. colourful it was! Got some good painting done here and in Fernie. If you have facebook, I have posted all of my paintings there.
We were fortunate enough to land on Nelson for a weekend. This place kind of reminded me of Fernie, but with less emphasis on the outdoors, more hippie/hipster-ness, and with a larger cultural core.
While we were in town we got to experience a large summer market (busiest I’ve ever been to), which had wonderful vendors and crafts. Everything was beautiful and valued by the attendees – and the vendors knew this, so everything was pretty expensive. I came across a beautiful light blue wool scarf/blanket – so soft! But it was $40 😦 so I don’t own it. I did indulge a little bit though, and bought henna and a beautiful dress for Adriane while I was here. This dress I got for Adriane is nice in the way it tied up in the back and around the front. When I got it home I realized that the design is wonderfully simplistic- basically 2 triangles sewn together! I’m going to have to figure out how to mass produce these in my basement when I get home.
Nelson is really artsy-fartsy, and houses a population of those that are young and young-at-heart. I saw some seriously fashionable people there, of all ages, willing to take fashion risks. I was talking to an ex-local who said that deep down, Nelson is just a front, and that there are lots of people “putting on an act”, shamelessly copying the art of others, and generally being posers. I didn’t get this impression, but maybe if you lived there longer this would be how you would start to see the town too. Anyways, it’s an interesting place.