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July 2022

Oh Canada

Traveling in the Okanagan Valley

Skaha Lake

Skaha Lake

Saturday, July 30th

This morning we grabbed a couple of muffins and got out of the motel extra early to beat the heat. We drove to downtown Wenatchee to start a 5 km walk in the cool morning air. OK, it wasn’t really cool. I’d never seen downtown before and was pleasantly surprised at what a nice downtown it is. We really enjoyed the walk.

Downtown Wenatchee at 7:30 am

Downtown Wenatchee at 7:30 am

Coyote and I are trying to make sense of the walk directions.

Coyote and I are trying to make sense of the walk directions.

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By the time we finished our walk it was too late for a “real breakfast” if you can call a motel breakfast “real”. So, we packed up the car and headed out. Driving up along the Columbia River is really quite pretty. Traffic was very light and it was a very nice drive. Leaving the Columbia River, Highway 97 then follows the Okanagan River into Canada.

A peaceful Columbia River early Saturday morning.

A peaceful Columbia River early Saturday morning.

Around noon we began to feel peckish, so stopped in Tonasket for lunch. If you’re ever in Tonasket and you’re hungry, stop at Shannon’s cafe. Very nice people and great food. I had the Marionberry pie alamode. Yum! I had to eat it fast in the 93 degree heat, even in the shaded garden.

There were very few vehicles waiting to cross the border. As we were directed into a second lane that had just opened. We were fully prepared and ready to show all of our completed forms. We were only asked for our drivers licenses then sent on our way. It all took about 2 minutes from when we arrived. Kinda bittersweet after all that work getting prepared.

It was now just after 1:00 and already 96 degrees. We continued north to Okanagan Falls where we had planned to do another 5 km walk. The temperature there was down a bit to 94, but there was a nice breeze blowing off the lake. We decided to go for it. It was one of those times where “if I don’t do it now I may never get a chance again”. It was a very pretty walk and the breeze kept us from heat stroke, just barely. I wouldn’t advise doing this if you’re our age!

Lyons Park at Okanagan Falls

Lyons Park at Okanagan Falls

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The KVR along Skaha Lake

KVR along Skaha Lake

KVR along Skaha Lake

Walking the KVR along Skaha Lake

Walking the KVR along Skaha Lake

The last stop today was Penticton. I have to say I wasn’t prepared for the scene that treated us. The entire beachfront is a mad house. Our hotel is right in the thick of it too. I’m still not sure how we’re going to survive this. Maybe we’ll just plan to stay way from Penticton except to sleep, if that’s possible. Our hotel turned out to be a dump! It looked so much better on the internet.

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The Golden Sands

This evening we walked the downtown area, which is actually quite nice. We found an ATM and then returned our hotel. I think maybe if we spent $300.00+ dollars a night this would be a much more pleasant experience. Lesson learned.

Tomorrow it’s supposed be in the high 90s again, so we’re planning to walk extra early. Stay tuned see what tomorrow brings.

Jim

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From the Frying Pan into the Fire

Traveling in eastern Washington.

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Packed and ready to roll.

Packed and ready to roll.

Friday, July 29th

As most of you know, we’ve been having a heat wave in our area. I thought temps in the mid 90s was pretty hot. I was starting to adapt though. Our trip to Canada has taken us east though. We arrived in Wenatchee at three this afternoon in the mid-day heat. All of the thermometers, even our car thermometer registered 110 degrees.

We left home promptly after my scheduled appointment, at 11:00 sharp. Traffic was what you’d expect on a Friday in the summer. We made reasonable progress though and arrived in Cle Elum at 1:15 for lunch and goodies. The Cle Elum Bakery provided us with enough Cinnamon rolls to last several days.

Cle Elum Bakery

Cle Elum Bakery

Picnic in the shade behind the bakery.

Picnic in the shade behind the bakery.

Mikes Tavern, Cle Elum.

Mikes Tavern, Cle Elum.

The trip to Wenatchee was un-eventful and we made good time. It seemed the farther east we were the hotter it was. Evidently these temps are no big deal in this part of the country. I have to say the drive was very pretty even in the heat. All of the lakes and rivers were full and water was flowing very fast, much like late spring.

Once we checked into the hotel we took a little breather in our nice cool room. Finally we just had to get outdoors, even in the heat. We drove the six blocks to the Walla Walla Point city park. Its right on the Columbia and includes a nice little lagoon with a beach and swimming area. I didn’t bring a swim suit, so I was only able to go in up to my knees. Ohhhh! Did that feel nice!

Parking in the shade.

Parking in the shade.

Oh boy, does this feel nice.

Oh boy, does this feel nice.

Lagoon at the park.

Lagoon at the park.

After a little wade in the lagoon we walked around the park a little before the heat began to get to us. Back at the cool hotel room we cooled off a little. Then dinner downtown at the Saddle Rock Brewery and Pub.

Lots of tracks, but no trains.

Lots of tracks, but no trains.

Saddle Rock Brewery and Pub.

Saddle Rock Brewery and Pub.

Now back in our room it’s still 105 degrees outside at 8:30. Tomorrow we’ll get up early and try to walk before it gets too hot. Then off to the border and Penticton.

Until tomorrow in Penticton,

Jim I
PS. Travelers Point would not let me change the orientation on a couple of pictures, so they are sideways.

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The Day Before

Getting packed and ready for the road.

Escape to Canada July/August 2022

The Day Before

After over a year of staying close to home, its time for a road trip. Two years ago we were planning a road trip to British Columbia, but Covid restrictions in Canada just seemed too difficult to navigate. Instead we took much shorter, less ambitious trips closer to home.

Finally the time has come to get out of Washington and have an adventure. This will be a scaled down version of the trip we wanted to take last summer. Actually this is sort of a spur-of-the-moment idea we came up with last week. This year we don’t have as much time as we’d like, so we will only be on the road eight days.

Due to a previous commitment we won’t leave until late Friday morning July 29th. We’ll only drive as far as Wenatchee. Because of the heat we hope to do a five km walk early Saturday morning. Our first night in Canada will be in Penticton.

This is as much detail as I’ll give until we begin our adventure. Stay tuned and follow us as we travel across southern BC. As I’ve done in the past, I hope to share pictures and stories from the road.

Wish us luck,

Jim

Washed and ready for the road.

Washed and ready for the road.

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