Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A blasted repeat…

 

Today wound up being a partial repeat of yesterday! Another trip to Penticton to purchase a BUGZAPPER!

We saw one yesterday at Canadian Tire but thought we could find one cheaper elsewhere.

We did find one at Walmart but did not buy it because the box was open. After numerous bug bites last night around the campfire our repeat trip was deemed necessary.

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We left after breakfast, loaded Tucker in the back of the truck and off we went once again on the 61 kilometer trip.

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This time, once we reached Okanagan Falls, rather than taking Highway 97, we took East Road, which goes around the back of Skaha Lake.

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On this route we drove by the Blasted Church Winery turnoff, so of course we had to venture of the main road towards the winery.

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The origin of the name BLASTED CHURCH??...

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’On a cool spring morning in 1929, a small crew from Okanagan Falls set off to a deserted mining camp about 16 miles from home. The purpose of the trip was to dismantle an old wooden church and bring it back to Okanagan Falls.

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The plan called for a controlled blast of four dynamite sticks inside the church to loosen the nails. Odd as it may seem, the wood was spared from damage during the explosion. The miners dismantled the church, except for losing the steeple the plan was a success.

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The 103 year old church now stands proudly in its second home of Okanagan Falls.

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The church has withstood the threat of two major floods, including the disastrous burst of the Okanagan Falls Dam in the early 1950's.

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In naming the wines, "BLASTED CHURCH", they celebrate the ingenuity of the initiative to move the church, and they honour those pioneers for their vision, steadfastness and craftsmanship.

The winery is perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake.

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This is undoubtedly one of the most majestic vineyard sites in the valley. It is also one of the most desirable, with some of the region's most ideal topography and attractive microclimate.

2009230222606262Now into its second decade of grape production, the vineyard has long been a choice purveyor of premium quality grapes to many of British Columbia's leading wineries.

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Nearly all of the estate harvest is now dedicated to the production of fine wines. This is exceptionally important because they believe that the wines show the exceptional character that begins in the vineyard.’

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 Once again, I of course, made another wine purchase to add to my collection and we took some lovely photos of the expansive view.

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Tucker met the BLASTED CHURCH WINERY DOG, all this lovely chocolate lab was worried about was someone throwing his tennis ball!!
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Once our little road trip was done, back to Osoyoos we went for our usual afternoon of activities. It was a warm, sunny day with a temperature of 37 degrees.

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Tomorrow??..a quiet day at the beach, pack a lunch, sit in the sun, read a book and watch Tucker swim!!

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