Kelowna has done a great job of developing the waterfront and building a lovely boardwalk to get you from The Dolphins condos and The Okanagan Grand Resort Hotel to City Park. There was a break in the foot traffic here on Saturday.
Nary a soul was around this path leading to a most serene seating area of reflection at an Okanagan Falls winery. It brought Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken to life: "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." The only thing missing was the actual glass of wine because, afterall, the combination of poetry and wine is as natural a match as chocolate and peanut butter. But what about poetry and wine and chocolate? ... hmmm... with peanut butter later of course. Oh, and cheese because there's wine. I need a really big picnic basket.
A drive up the hill to See Ya Later Ranch Winery in Okanagan Falls is worth the trip. It's also a dog-friendly winery, but your pooch needn't be an upscale connoisseur to enjoy the offerings at See Ya Later. The view of the vineyard alone amongst the mountains right down to Skaha Lake is absolutely fantastic. You can enjoy a glass of wine on the patio, listen to music and enjoy this view. When you live here you don't have to travel to Napa Valley in California to see picturesque vineyards... we have our own Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It's just as good. Maybe even better!
One of the things that makes British Columbia special is how every region of the province has its own character. There's the rainforest-like West Coast, the farmland of the Fraser Valley, the desert climate of the Central Interior, the rugged Rocky Mountains on the Eastern border and the scenic forests of the North. This is a farm just outside of Chilliwack, highlighted against a dark mountainous backdrop by a sky that didn't know whether to rain or shine.
The pink hue from a sunset lit up the receding snow atop these mountains. Reminds me of a cupcake topped with Betty Crocker pink frosting, albeit a meagre amount of icing sugary goodness in this case.
A fresh dusting of snow at the higher elevations made it look like somebody took a giant sifter and coated the mountain tops with icing sugar. Being stuck in traffic going north on 176th Street in Cloverdale has its advantages when you have a camera handy. For a time lapse look at this mountain range taken with my camera's video capabilities, check this out.
I can't live without electricity or a telephone, but do power lines and telephone poles always have to be in the way? I didn't have a chance to scoot across the Canada-US border to get a cleaner photo of Mt Baker in Washington State on this day when clear skies made the formation look eerily beautiful. This'll have to do. I'm not editing the poles and lines out.