The Lake, the Vineyards and a surprise visit!

Heading down south was a breeze, taking overnight stops at Smithers, Prince George, Blue River and Kamloops in British Columbia.  The jaunt was uneventful and the scenery was still outstanding.  Finally, we stopped for 3 nights in Kelowna, BC  where we surprised our friends whom we met once nine years ago.

In December 2003, we were on a cruise to Mexico and at that time we were assigned dinner seatings with strangers.  On this cruise we met Ron and Rita from Kelowna,BC. We hung out with them during the entire cruise and exchanged email addresses at the end of the trip.  Since then we had only contacted them once, then we just seemed to stop as is often the case. Fast forward, Sept 2012.  Kelowna was on our route so we decided to call them and jog their memories of who we were by sending a picture taken in Dec 2003.  Luckily they remembered us and they welcomed us to their city and their home.  After showing us a couple of the fantastic wineries that exist among the dozens in Kelowna, Rita prepared a taco dinner with mexican beer and in the background was Ramon playing guitar, just like on the cruise.  We had fun catching up on those long nine years with no communication. With FB and our travel blog, we will certainly be in better contact now.  Ron and Rita showed us again how warm and friendly the Canadians can be – what gracious hosts they were!

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Us, having mexican beer in 2003.

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Us, having mexican beer nine years later.  How cool!

Little did we know that Kelowna is on the border of a beautiful lake, Lake Okanagan and is a bustling wine country.  Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and is known for its hot summers and temperate winters.  That is delightful knowledge, considering that we have been starving for sunshine and warmer weather.  This is definitely a “must stop” for folks coming into the area, and the West Bay Beach RV Park where we stayed is one of our favorites – quiet and beautiful by the lake with lots of trees.

Lake Okanogan, BC

Winery at Lake Okanogan, BC

Lake Okanogan, BC

Sunrise at the Lake

Gray Monk Winery

Gray Monk Winery where we had meats, cheeses and some very fine wine.

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Catching up nine years of stories

We were so excited with the sun shining on us that we spent most of our remaining time outside to get our vitamin D.  We went wine tasting, hiked and checked out other towns along the lake. We went to a farmer’s market at Peachland and bought fruits and vegetable , then strolled along the lake and basked in the glorious sun.

Beach Ave, Peachland

Strolling on Beach Ave, Peachland

Beach Ave, Peachland

Farmers Market at Peachland

Peachland

Is this it?  Searching for good overlooks of the lake during our long hike.

 Peachland

Pathetic trail head marker.

Kelowna was our last stop in British Columbia, Canada before crossing one last time into the USA.  Coming up, we’ll check out Chelan Lake, Yakima, and then a week in the beautiful Columbia Gorge.  Stay tuned!