Remembrance Day 2022

I have nothing new to say that I haven’t said in my Remembrance Day blogs over the past ten years.  Today our thoughts and prayers are once again with all who have fallen, all who have served, and to their families who stand behind them. 

The cenotaph at Kelowna City Park)

Some people wonder they have made a difference in the lives of others…. A soldier never has to.

On The Move

We got a late start, 3:00 p.m., but we are on the move. The campground closed down last Monday and it didn’t take us very long to put everything away and prep Maxx for travel so we decided to head out a day early.

Pulling out of our site in 2021

Pulling out of our site in 2022

Fifteen minutes after we left we were done travelling for the day and had Maxx set up for the night 🙂

It was a nice warm afternoon but we have some very smoky skies from forest fires in Washington state.

We decided to move to a campsite along the lake where we enjoyed our last night in Kelowna with a quiet evening around the fire, it was nice being the only people in the entire park!

Our first hint of fall colours.

I’m always amazed when we pack up to leave after being in one place for seven months and all the slides come in, the jacks come up, and thanks to my trusty check list nothing moves or breaks inside Maxx … and once again all went well. We did have one little hiccup … when I was checking the lights I noticed the lights on the bike rack where not working but since we were travelling less than 100 meters hubby decided he would fix them at our new site.

It didn’t take him long before he found the problem, a mouse had enjoyed dinner on one of the wires, but he quickly fixed the wire and now we are good to go.

And so starts another snowbird winter 🙂

Pulling out of the park in 2021

Pulling out of the park in 2022

Until next time …

It Feels Like Early September!

Our weather has been amazing especially for October, if I didn’t look at the calendar I would swear it was early September 🙂 I thought I would let pictures show you the difference between last year and this year. These pictures were taken exactly one year apart, the first picture is the fall colours from last year and the second picture is the fall “green” colours from the same location this year.

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While we have enjoyed our warm sunny days I am little sad that we are going to miss the fall colours this year.

Until next time …

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

We have had a great Thanksgiving weekend 🙂 We had friends staying at the park for the weekend and they treated us to dinner Saturday evening along with some great visits.

This evening we are heading to our daughter’s place for what I am sure will be a yummy dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope your weekend was as wonderful as our was!

Until next time …

The Countdown Is On :-)

The month of September was a busy month with lot’s of company spending time with us and our fold out couch. Appartently our couch is getting good reviews because it is already booked for the beginning of November when we are in Yuma 😀

Our son and daughter-in-law spent the weekend with us at the beginning of August and had so much fun that they made two more trips during the month of September. Fortunately the weather has been fantastic, sunny warm days and slightly cooler evenings that are perfect for sitting around the fire.

Hubby’s cousin and his wife came for a few nights on their way from Saskatchewan to Pheonix and we got in some more wine tours and collected a few bottles of wine between the four of us.

The last weekend of September, when our son and daughter-in-law where staying with us, our daughter and her family were also staying in the park … I love having family visit! Two of our grandson’s spotted two young owls in a tree near our site so of course we had to get the camera out for pictures.

Last Monday a good friend invited us for lunch at another winery, Crown and Thieves.

We enjoyed wine tasting on the deck overlooking Okanagan Lake, you can’t beat good wine and great views!

After wine tasting we headed up to the roof top deck for lunch, which our wonderful friend paid for as an early birthday present for hubby and I. This is the same awesome friend that lets us stay in her condo when we fly home for Christmas 🙂

Now we are slowly preparing for our departure in less than two weeks, although it is really hard to believe it is that time of year as the trees have not really turned to fall colours nor have their leaves begun to fall in earnest. Not that I’m complaining, I would be happy for the fall weather to arrive after we head south!

I hope all our Canadian friends enjoy their Thanksgiving weekend.

Until next time …

KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence

Yesterday we took three of our grandsons, thirteen, fifteen, and eighteen, on a tour of the recently opened KF Aerospace Centre of Excellence. We got our first glimpse of the almost completed project a few weeks ago when we rode our bikes to the Airport to have lunch at the Conair Cafe, located in one of the KF Aerospace hangers.

The vision for this project started with a napkin sketch by KF Aerospace’s founder Barry Lapointe. The legacy project focused on two key ideas, make it feel like a plane and use wood wherever possible, and we think they did a great job! I found these two pictures on the internet, the first is the concept drawing and the second, taken at night shows the how the building really does resemble a plane.

The KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence is shaped like the fuselage and wings of an aircraft. It is a non-profit exhibition and conference centre designed to celebrate the Okanagan’s 50-year history of aviation

The 60,000 sq. ft. building includes two large hangars, built to look like airplane wings, that house a rare aircraft collection. The hangars, or wings, are on either side of the fuselage which features an interactive exhibition that tells the story of aviation in the Okanagan Valley.

Some of the historic aircraft on display include the newly-restored Hawker Tempest MKII, the Odyssey DC-3, and the de Havilland 98 Mosquito (VR796).

The Mosquito, which features a unique wooden airframe, is one of 30 Mosquitos remaining worldwide, and one of four currently airworthy. This aircraft underwent a five-year restoration project completed by Victoria Air Maintenance, and arrived at the Centre of Excellence on June 30th.

I think the three boys and grandpa had a great time playing in the DC-10 flight simulator and the Convair flight training device 😀

Grandpa with our eighteen year old grandson in the cockpit, our thirteen year old grandson was in the flight engineer seat.

While those three were trying to fly the plane, our fifteen year old grandson was playing it smart and preparing for a crash landing!

We had a great time and even had the chance to watch a Dash 8 and a 737 land at the airport.

This plane sits on the apron in front of the Centre of Excellence … I’m hoping they will add more planes in the future. The actual airport runway is behind the plane and trees.

And on a completely different topic …

My sister, daughter, and I have longed followed the Royal Family. For my sister and I it was instilled in us from our dad and of course I’m sure our daughter got it from my sister and I. I have been expecting the Queen’s passing for awhile and was really concerned when she cancelled her meeting with the Privy Council last Wednesday, so while her passing on Thursday wasn’t unexpected it was still a shock and so very sad. The Queen was Canada’s Head of State so she often visited Canada and I can remember as a child my dad coming home from work in Vancouver with a picture of the Queen and Prince Phillip that he had taken at a stop light. It’s hard to imagine in this day and age the Queen driving down the streets of Vancouver in a covertible with little to no protection … I miss the days when that was possible.

The Queen was a remarkable women and she will be missed.

I will leave you with a very touching quote from Prince William …

“My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen.”

Beach Time, Friends, & Family

Most of our days are pretty routine but we enjoyed some time last week visiting with friends who were at the campground with their four granddaughters. It’s always nice to have people to sit on the beach with and even though they were very busy we did find time for some visiting 🙂

We have had some nice sunrises over the last two weeks …

But this was the prettiest one of the last few weeks …

The campground is still full, and people are pulling in for the long weekend so I’m sure it will be a busy one, but hubby and I will be busy as well … our son and daughter-in-law are coming up from the lower mainland of BC to spend the weekend with us and that makes me a happy mommy 🙂

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Until next time …

An Interesting Stop On Our Bike Ride

Yesterday we headed out early, parked the truck in a lot at the top of Westside Road, jumped on our bikes and headed off to meet our Fed Ex Coffee Group.

I liked the look of this dead tree in the gravel lot where we parked our truck.

After coffee we made a short detour for an appointment and then we rode out to the Kelowna Airport for lunch. Does that sound like a strange place to go for lunch when you are not catching a flight? It does to me, but we did have a reason to go 🙂

It is a nice bike ride along the Okanagan Rail Trail and we wanted to try out an interesting cafe hubby had heard about.

The Convair Cafe started out as an employee restaurant for the 600 staff at KF Aerospace but it’s location right along the Okanagan Rail Trail brought the public in looking for a cold drink or a tasty lunch.

The cafe has an aeronautical inspired interior that fetures airplane seats, inside plane panels, overhead bins and a drink galley … and way more leg room than you would get on an actual airplane 😀

The food was delicious and a cool fact … food left over at the end of the day is donated to the Kelowna Gospel Mission to support the most vulnerable in our community.

Once we finished lunch we rode back to Kelowna and of course we had to stop at a new brewery that just opened. We had to do it because I’m sure you would have been let down if we didn’t make at least one brewery stop! Railside Brewing is located right along the Okanagan Rail Trail and we were impressed with the four samples we tried. They have a Ramen Food Truck on site, but they don’t open until 2:00 p.m. and normally we are done our lunch and heading home by then so I’m not sure if or when we will get to try out the Ramen, but we will definately stop for a beer if they are open when we are riding by.

Many hours, and 50km/30mi , later we arrived back at the truck, but not before making a detour to Indiginous World a winery/distallery that we recommend to many campers.

We have been there before but it was about three years ago so we wanted to stop and make sure it was still worthy of our recommendation and it definately is! We were greated inside and then invited to go out to the deck where we could enjoy our tastings while being surrounded by the beautiful views.

We are waiting for our tastings and looking down the lake toward the campground.

I believe the five tastings normally cost $10.00 and that is deducted if you make a purchase, but we didn’t have to pay … they appreciate our sending patrons their way so they covered our tastings 🙂 Of course we went home with a few bottle of wine because they were all so good.

2018 Single Vineyard Syrah … yummy!

Indigenous World also makes whisky, vodka, and gin so there may be another visit in our future to try out the hard spirits.

Another wonderful bike riding day!

Until next time …

Just Enjoying Summer

I havent had anything overly interesting to write about the last few weeks, we have just spent our time enjoying summer. It took a long time to arrive but it has come in full force with temps in the high 30’sC/100F and I am loving it!

We enjoyed a 40km/25mi bike ride last week and I didn’t take any pictures but trust me it was very scenic. We followed that adventure up with a trip down to the coast to see hubby’s mom.

There are still sections of two lane traffic on the Coquihalla while they try to repair all the damage down by the huge rainstorm last fall.

The traffic wasn’t bad on a Tuesday morning and we were entertained by some helicopter logging.

It was great to see hubby’s family and our son and daughter-in-law but the drive home was not fun. It took us three hours to get out of the lower mainland traffic, a drive that normally takes less than an hour 😦

Fortunately, once we were north of Chilliwack traffic lightened up and the rest of the drive was clear sailing. It is always nice to visit everyone but it is also nice to get back home and enjoy our little piece of paridise.

This leafy tree just showed up this year. The lake level is still very high but once the water goes back to normal and this tree grows it will provide some nice shade on the beach.

Until next time …

Guess What We Did This Week?

Here is a hint … 

Actually we did more than one fun thing this week, we also went to dinner and the new Elvis movie with a good friend, but if you guessed wine tasting when you saw the picture then you guessed what this blog is about 😀

Last Thursday we joined a group of friends and headed off on a great wine touring day with Uncorked Wine Tours as our driver.  One of our friends works for Uncorked and, along with getting us a great deal, he picked five awesome wineries for us to try.

The day started off with a nice sunrise

We toured three wineries, had lunch, and then toured two more.  I was really enjoying the company and the wine and only ended up taking pictures at one winery.  Of course that winery, Ancient Hill, had the most stunning views so I had to take a moment for pictures 🙂

The Okanagan Valley is home to 86% of British Columbia’s vineyard acreage and is considered to be BC’s premier grape growing region.  With quiet family-run boutique vineyards to world-class operations, Okanagan Valley wineries consistently rank among the world’s best at international competitions.

The valley climate is unique and daytime temperatures can reach 40C/104F, but the cool nights allow the grapes to maintain their natural acidity which is a signature trait in BC wine.

The Okanagan Valley is warmer and more arid than Napa Valley, and  gets nearly two hours more sunlight per day during the peak growing season.

The sunrise the next morning was just as pretty

Ancient Hills may have had the best views but we all agreed the very small, family run, Nagging Doubt Winery was our favourite and we all went home with more than one bottle of wine from their selection.

Until next time …