Saturday, June 22nd: Drove to Lethbridge. Picked Dad up at his new place, took him to run a few errands, then went to the river bottom for a walk. We spotted a group of large rodents, each about the size of a large house cat. Neither my Dad nor I had ever seen anything like that in Lethbridge before. After doing a little web research, I think they were probably yellow-bellied marmots. At dinner, my Dad talked a little about his WW II experiences. He had spent part of his time as a mechanic. He told us of a shipload of Harley Davidsons salvaged from a ship that had been partially sunk. He and the other mechanics restored the motorcycles to perfect running order, then a higher-up decided that there might be some risk in using them, and ordered them all scrapped.
Sunday, June 23rd: Left Lethbridge, headed for Osoyoos. It rained heavily much of the way, and after 9 1/2 hours on the road, I decided to stop for the night in Grand Forks, about an hour short of our destination. The scenery on this route was beautiful, and the drive was uneventful, except for once when I had to brake to avoid a deer that jumped into the road. In B.C., there are many signs warning drivers to watch for crossing deer, moose and elk. I glanced up a side road at one point, and was surprised to see a sign that seemed to warn of crossing Sasquatch! I later learned that this was a promotional sign for a local beer company.
Monday, June 24th: Drove to Osoyoos, where we visited Haynes Point Park, a wildlife reserve. Osoyoos is in Canada's only true desert, and has a feel much like the southwest U.S., even extending to the adobe-style architecture. We drove along Black Sage Road, where I photographed some abandoned farm buildings, then wandered north, stopping in Summerland. We had stopped at a fruit stand along the way, and feasted on cherries, blackberries and grapes.
Tuesday, June 25th: In Summerland, we went for a hike on a section of the Trans-Canada Trail, then along the Lakeshore/Peach Orchard loop. In the afternoon, we wanted to drive to the top of Giant's Head Mountain, but when L saw the narrow, winding road she vetoed that. I pointed out a sign warning of recent bear sightings, which didn't increase her enthusiasm for the venture.
Wednesday, June 26th: Left Summerland and drove toward Kelowna. On the way, we stopped to hike in Glen Canyon. At the trailhead there was a sign commemorating a policeman who had been murdered there while trying to rescue a girl from a rapist. The trail was dark and heavily overgrown, and felt more than a little creepy, so we didn't go far along it. Next we hiked on the trails in Kalamoir Park, beside Okanagan Lake. When we arrived in Kelowna, we drove up Knox Mountain. There we found a trail to the tomb of an early settler, so we set out on our third hike of the day. The tomb was nothing much to look at, but the views on the way made the hike worth it, though the return (uphill for 2.6 kilometers) almost wore us out.
Thursday, June 27th: Went to Fintry Provincial Park, formerly the estate of a wealthy Scotsman who built a huge manor house, octagonal dairy barn and more around the turn of the century. We climbed 400 steps up a wooden staircase to view a waterfall in Shorts Creek Gorge. Then we drove through Vernon and on to Sicamous, a small town at the north end of the Okanagan Valley, where we had dinner on the patio of a pub beside the water as houseboats passed by.
Friday, June 28th: Drove home from Sicamous via the Trans-Canada Highway.
I drove a total of 2102 kilometers (1306 miles). The weather was nearly perfect, apart from the rainstorms on the way to Osoyoos. In all, it was a very enjoyable week!