Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just me and the Tuckmeister again..


My original plan for this weekend was to be alone but Doug decided to drive up from home and stay for a couple of nights.

Nice Saturday morning we decided to drive to the town of Okanagan Falls, and home of Tickleberry's Ice Cream.

We left after breakfast and headed north along Highway 97. The distance to Okanagan Falls is about 42 kilometers, so about 35 minutes or so unless there is a photo op along the way.

Highway 97 winds through winery country, from the Burrowing Owl, Jackson-Triggs, Stag's Hollow and Silversage to name just a few.

The first town along this route is Oliver, the Wine Capital of Canada. This little town use to be known as the Cantaloupe Capital of Canada.


Oliver is an agricultural community with orchards and vineyards in every direction.


Our next stop is of course, Okanagan Falls and home of the best ice cream, Tickleberry's. This is a must stop (or a deceleration point) for all travellers.

2009221125927489Okanagan Falls is located on the south end of Skaha Lake. This little community was once known as Dogtown, from the First Nations word skaha, meaning dog.


Okanagan Falls was named after small twin waterfalls that were once part of a scenic natural landscape located at the southern end of Skaha Lake where it emptied into the Okanagan River.

The falls were reduced to a series of gentle rapids in the 1950s with the construction of a flood control dam to control the level of water flowing south in the Okanagan River.



After we ALL devoured our ice cream, even Tucker got a K-9 cone we headed back north towards Osoyoos.

We stopped along the highway at Vaseux Lake Provincial Campground.


This is a very small campground, mainly for tenters, no big rigs in here. Vaseux Lake promises fishing opportunities for large mouth bass,rainbow trout and carp.

There is also an excellent wildlife viewing in the spring and fall. Vaseux Lake Provincial Park area is home to mountain goats,California big horn sheep, and a wide variety of bird species.


Our day ended with a barbecue steak dinner, our token paralyzers and a glass of is good at Nk'mip.


Doug left this afternoon to head back home..someone has to work to keep me in this lifestyle that I have become accustom too..He will be back on August 14th..


Carlie arrives on August 11th to stay for a few days and enjoy the Osoyoos sunshine...the temperature has been about 28-29 degrees for both days with just a slight breeze..far cry from the winds of earlier in the week....stay tuned for more from Nk'mip

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