Trail, Osoyoos and Keremeos

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.

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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.

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Here is the thunderstorm about to happen. I was phoning Beccy and Antonia at this point.

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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.

Vernon Food

We arrived in Vernon on the 10th, met with an engineer who works closely with waste management from the Regional District of the North Okanagan, and came back to our hotel room. We are staying at the Sandman, which is currently under some renovations. However, what it lacks in a fitness room it makes up for in an in-suite kitchen! We get to stay here for 4 days, so we decided to go out, buy some groceries and take advantage of this cooking opportunity.

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Susan was pretty hungry at 4pm when we went shopping, so I had to be the rational one, telling her that while tasty, we probably couldn’t finish an entire carton of eggs while we are here. We ended up buying:

  • – Baguette
  • – Comox Brie
  • – Small 7-Layer Dip
  • – “Lazy Maple” Bacon (For greasing the pan before cooking. Susan kind of talked me into this one to be honest)
  • – A whole Pre-Roasted Chicken
  • – Asparagus
  • – 3 Red Potatoes
  • – Onion
  • – 1 Leek
  • – 2 Cans of Mushroom Soup
  • – Milk
  • – Orange Juice
  • – Puff Pastry Shells

Can you guess what meals (2) I made? What meals would you have made with this assortment of ingredients? Tell me in THE COMMENTS! 🙂

Ok, Ok, I’ll tell you what I made. We had Chicken with Asparagus, Onion and chunky Potato hash browns for dinner the first night, and the second night I made Chicken Alla King!

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Look! Real Peas!

Look! Real Peas!

This morning (The 13th) I am eating a chicken drumstick, sliced brie, and cherries for breakfast. The fruit in the Okanagan has been just wonderful!

I haven’t had real, fresh peas in years since those summers we would visit Nanna and Grandad and shuck peas in their backyard. I miss it! Grandad, if you are reading this, remind me to ask you about how to grow peas myself the next time I see you. What time of the year are they grown and harvested, what type of pot/structure would I need to grow them?

 

 

 

 

 

Vernon (Activities)

On the morning of the 11th Susan and I drove a little south into Winfield to visit a Kangaroo hobby farm. We went at opening (9am) for the chance to feed some of the animals breakfast. It was a wonderful little interactive zoo with many exotic animals from New Zealand including Emus, Wallabies, Wallaroos, Ducks, Goats, Birds, Sugar Gliders, Pigs, Peacocks, and Capybaras!

IMG_2267We had lots of fun with the animals, feeding them crackers and holding little Kangaroo Joeys. It is by donation to get in, with a suggested donation of $5. One review we read prior to going said

“You know it’s a good deal when you can hold a baby kangaroo for less than it costs to buy a grande frappuccino at Starbucks.”

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Later that night, Susan and I walked to a local farmer’s market that happens every Friday evening here in Vernon. I bought some strawberries and cherries while I was there, and had lots of fun hanging out with the Regional District of North Okanagan Summer Students who were there talking about invasive species, water conservation, and the zebra mussel. The Zebra Mussel is an invasive and dangerous smaller freshwater mussel that has spread from the Europe to the Eastern United States, and is making its way North West. Freshwater boaters can help stop the spread of this mussel by remembering to “Clean, Drain, Dry” your boat before transporting. Zebra mussels are dangerous because they threaten local drinking water, ecology and fish. They also have a nasty habit of cloging water pipes. Gross. Visit www.dontmoveamussel.ca to learn more.

Anyways, the summer students both went to university in the Okanagan, and were very nice to talk to. They helped me eat an entire box of strawberries, so unfortunately Susan did not get any, but I did bring her back cherries.

IMG_2286There were some kids set up here in little stands selling Lemonade, Cookies, Bird Feeders, and Handmade art. I felt bad for the kids not selling lemonade though, because the $0.50 lemonade was definitely the most popular out of the 4 stands (on the far left).

So its the weekend, and Susan and I have been getting up really late (12pm both days). Yesterday we managed to get out of the house by 4pm, and go to a beach in Oyama, a town on a little strip of land between Wood and Kalamalka (“Kal”) Lake. We stayed at the lake until the sun started setting behind the mountains.

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Today I am meeting my friend Sharon for dinner in Kelowna after she gets off work. Should be fun!

Kelowna

We went to two wineries in West Kelowna, Mission Hill and Quails Gate. At Quails Gate we arrived in time to have a tour of the winery and vineyard, and at both we did a little tasting. I’m still very new to wine drinking and the whites and (especially) reds were sometimes difficult to stomache. However, I learnt that I love Ice Wine! (Who would have guessed)

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While in Kelowna we also got to visit the beach, go swimming, and eat some delicious food!

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These are photos of the steak tacos at Fernando’s, and next door’s Bai Tong version of Susan and My’s favorite dish: crunchy noodles and beef-vegetable stir fry gravy. Yum yum yum! I love those little white crispy noodles!

We also went to the beach, but each day we were in Kelowna we were working so that is why this post mostly revolves around food. And I really like food.

I’m going back to Kelowna tonight to have dinner with an old friend. More Kelowna = more food.