A Beautiful Day!

We finally had a sunny Okanagan spring day yesterday, the weather was so perfect, a high of 24C, 75F 🙂

With the heavy rains from the other night and the warm weather melting the snow pack, Lambley Creek (also known as Bear Creek) is flowing pretty fast!

You may have noticed that I love photographing flowers, especially pink flowers!

Our feathered friends were also enjoying the sun.

Mrs. Mallard Duck enjoy the scenery

Other than a look, she didn’t flinch as I kept getting closer.

I guess all good things must come to an end and that is what happened with our sunny Okanagan day. Overnight the thunder roared, the lightning was blinding, and the rain was heavy and loud … and all I could think about was the poor tenters  😦

Until next time …

On Duty :-)

We have our duties and wow is it simple … meet and greet guests … yup that’s basically it! This is such a great opportunity for us, we get to spend the summer in our favorite campground and talk to people … right up our alley:-)  There are other things we can do to help out which is awesome because we like to be busy, but we can work those things around our schedule.

We were sitting in bed yesterday morning around 6:30 a.m. drinking our coffee and watching the news when we noticed a lady wandering around our campsite. The gates of the campground are locked from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and one of the reasons we are locate where we are is so that we can open the gate at night in case of an emergency. We suspected this lady wanted the gate opened so hubby went out to chat with her and sure enough that was what she wanted. When hubby explained the gate hours she said it was okay, she would walk through the creek around the fence. This time of year that is definitely not safe so hubby opened the gate, which really was no biggie because we were up anyway.

Definitely not safe to walk through that water, the creek is running way to fast!)

Before we headed into town yesterday morning to meet our Tuesday coffee group and run our errands we headed off around the park … camera in hand 🙂

We were in the one loop that is still closed and as we walked around a corner we came across four deer. They wasted no time running off into the bush but I was able to catch a picture of one of them running along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Like dandelions, deer are much nicer here than in our front yard at home.

The sun was out and the lake was very calm and I would have loved to grab my book and sit by the lake for a few hours, but meeting up with friends was also tempting and in the end it won out.

There is an interesting story behind this houseboat which I may do a blog on some day.

I had to stop by the apricot tree and take some pictures, and yes Delma there are many bees working their magic 🙂

We did have a little scare last night when someone came by to tell us there was a forest fire in the hills above the campground, fortunately it turned out to be a controlled burn!

Until next time …

Up To Date!

We have been home for a little over three weeks and we have finally dealt with the mail that arrived while we were away for the winter … I’m so glad that pile is off my table!

Other than that, yesterday was pretty uneventful and we had cloudy skies so I don’t have any pretty pictures to share. I know some photographers say that pictures turn out better when the sky is overcast since you aren’t competing with glare from the sun but sunny skies make me happy, cloudy skies make me not so happy 🙂  So here are a few pictures from our walks yesterday and while they aren’t filled with blue happy skies they do make me look forward to the rest of the week when the blue happy skies are supposed to return!

The Oregon Grape continues to bloom.

I saw a glimpse of pink in one of the campsites and after a closer look I think it is a wild cherry bush, which I have never seen in the campground before.

The Douglas Maple trees are really starting to show their leaves.

Several times we crossed paths with a group of bird watchers, they of course saw many interesting birds, while I was only able to spot one of them and I wasn’t able to get a decent pictures. However I did see many of our everyday friends 🙂

This little lady was particularly noisy today!

This male mallard duck wasn’t interested in posing for a picture he just wanted to know what I had to feed him and wasn’t at all shy about coming to find out … I had nothing to feed him because it is not in his best interest for me to give him food.

Hubby had a good time watching the tug working on the log booms.

We were very surprised to find an apricot tree in full bloom by the beach. When we walked in that area before we went to Edmonton I completely missed it because it wasn’t in bloom.

When we were eating our lunch hubby looked up to see a large deer grazing on the grass beside our site. By the time I got my camera out the deer had made it across the road and up a hill … I guess he was camera shy 🙂

Until next time …

A Perfect Sunday :-)

Well I was bummed about the weather when I posted yesterday but it actually didn’t turn out to bad. As an added bonus our daughter and family came out to spend the day with us and other than a few raindrops it was perfect weather for sitting around the campfire. Our grandchildren brought their bikes out and had fun riding and running around the campground while the adults sat around the campfire and discussed life.

We roasted smokies for dinner … well most of the adults slowly roasted their smokies over the coals … one of the adults and all of the children wanted flames to roast their smokies!

That is just the total wrong way to cook a hot dog in my books!

I know I said on the blog the other day to stay tune for an update on our new duties but you will have to wait a little longer. The campground has been very busy the last few days and the park managers just haven’t had time to sit down with us, but in the meantime, even though the sign says we are “Off Duty” we have still had questions so we do feel like we are contributing a little bit!

Until next time …

A Sunny Sunday

We had blue skies during our walk this morning and it was warm in the sun. Although there is still fresh snow on the mountains surrounding Kelowna!

Looking south down Okanagan Lake. Kelowna is on the left and Penticton, BC is many kilometers further around the bend.

The water level in the lake is still low so we were able to walk out on the sand spit at our favorite site in loop three.

We stayed in this site with friends last year, one of the best sites in the park!

Looking north on Okanagan Lake towards Vernon, BC

The clouds started to roll in and it looks like the end of our sunny Sunday … fingers crossed for a sunny Monday 🙂

I can’t wait for the warm weather so that I can read my book at the beach.

Until next time …

The Downside of our Campsite

While we are already set up in the Park Host site we have yet to begin our duties.

Although we have been asked a few questions, which we were able to answer, and had a knock at the door last night at 9:30 p.m. but that issue was also quickly resolved 🙂

If I had to find a downside, and really I don’t but what else am I going to blog about, it would be the cottonwood trees surrounding our site. These trees drop sticky bud capsules when they begin to get leaves and they are making a real mess!

I have to scrape my flip flops every time we go for a walk and we definitely don’t wear our shoes inside!

Fortunately they seem to be slowing down and with sweeping the outdoor mat a dozen times a day, raking our site almost as many times a day, and leaving our shoes outside we have managed to keep Maxx unsticky inside :-). Hubby also sweeps the roof off several times a day because we really don’t want those pods stuck to our roof!

The outside shell is the sticky material surrounding the leaf buds.

Most of the leaves have shed their bud capsule so hopefully this problem will soon be gone ☺

Tomorrow we will get briefed on our official duties so stay tuned.

Until next time …

Spring May Have Arrived!

We said our goodbyes to our kids in Edmonton, left the snow and cold temperatures, boarded the plane and arrived back in Kelowna last night to find it had warmed up a bit!

Very cool Living Wall at the Edmonton Airport!

We walked out of the airport in Kelowna in time to see a beautiful sunset ☺

This morning we enjoyed our walk under blue skies and the smell of spring in the air … I am so happy it has finally arrived. During our time away the water in Lambley Creek has risen and it is flowing into Okanagan Lake at a pretty good clip.

While we were away one of our grandson’s let me know that the dandelions had finally made an appearance and we saw lots of them today. It’s funny how they are so much prettier when they are not in your yard 🙂

Before we left, the campsites were surround by bare trees, now they are looking much prettier.

The entire campground is starting to look much greener and more inviting.

The Oregon Grape has started to bloom and soon the bushes will be covered in yellow flowers.

I also saw some Okanagan Sunflowers blooming up on the hill but I had my flip-flops on and couldn’t climb up the hill for a close-up.

The Okanagan Sunflower is actually an Arrowleaf Balsamroot, which is Kelowna’s official floral emblem … locals refer to the plant as the Okanagan Sunflower.

It won’t be long before you can no longer see Maxx from the road 🙂 

Until next time …