Sunday, August 16, 2009

It’s all about the dirt..

 

Another sunny morning was ours!! The temperature high today was 26 degrees with a slight breeze. Our morning was filled with our usual activities; coffee, dog walking and breakfast.

We had a few things we wanted to do today. First on our list was to find the John C. Haynes Historical Ranch. We stopped at the information center at the junction of Highway 3 and 97..

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We got some directions from the employee there and headed north on highway 97, looking for Road 22.

A glimpse of history just north of Osoyoos, high on hill was our first photo op of the day. The barn with the broken beams and weathered wood still stand proudly as testament to the first settler in the Osoyoos area, "Judge" John C. Haynes.

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The first building was built in 1861, a combination customs house and living quarters. In 1869 he was granted a piece of Crown Land.

This land eventually encompassed 8500 hectares and became known as Haynes Ranch. Haynes Point Provincial Park is named after John C. Haynes.

Our next stop is another winery today was yet another winery, ROAD 13. We headed north on Highway 97 for a few kilometers till we came  to road 13.

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As we drove up the road and came around the corner we were pleasantly surprised, a beautiful castle with a great view of Golden Mile area.
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Road 13's catch phrase is "IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DIRT". This motto reflects their belief that great wines start in the vineyard.

This winery was established as a Golden Mile Cellars in 1998. Road 13 Vineyards creates wine that express the special character of the South Okanagan's renowned Golden Mile.

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It was the catch phrase that made us want to come and visit this winery and we were not disappointed.

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This is a must see on a wine tour..and yes I purchased another bottle to add to my collection, a Riesling this time. (Doug bought a T-shirt and I got my wine.)

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This was a beautiful vantage point and a great place to get some fantastic pictures.


Last stop today?..Haynes Point Provincial Park, the dog beach!!..Tucker's turn finally for a swim.

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The water was rather choppy but he is a true lover of the water and in he went battling the rough water and riding the waves on the way back to shore.

Our afternoon was spent at the campground. I did a few loads of laundry, (woman's work is never done) and then we all sat in the sunshine enjoying this great day.

Another day is now over...at least today we got up early and had a productive day!!

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