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