A few pictures from our trip to Osoyoos, about 400 km east of Vancouver. It's about 6 hours of driving each way, but everything went smoothly and I didn't lose my breakfast, as has happened in the past.
all packed up and ready to go
My parents rented a house on the lake and we were also joined by my youngest brother, his wife and their 5 yr old son M, aka The Holy Terror, who had broken his right arm just a week before our departure. Despite not being able to do alot of things he was used to doing, he was only slightly more terrible than usual and we all got along just fine.
view from the deck
We were situated on a small lagoon on one side of the lake and the boys enjoyed fishing and their first try at kayaking.
We had expected extremely hot weather, over 40C but actually ended up with only the high 20's most days which made spending time outside quite comfortable. When we arrived we looked up to see ash falling from the sky, a result of a couple of forest fires burning in Washington State just across the border. We were also witness to a spectacular thunder storm we could see coming across the lake from the north. Very exciting. The sunsets were also spectacular.
Osoyoos is part of the Okanagan region, known for its wineries and wonderful fruit orchards. Osoyoos' other claim to fame is that it is Canada's only desert. Actually know as the Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone, this area is part of the Sonora desert which originates in Mexico and comes up throught the U.S. to Canada. The contrast between the irrigated fields and the dry desert is quite stunning.
We visited the newly opened Nk'Mip (Een-ka-meep) Desert Cultural Centre to find out more about the local flora and fauna, taking a 45 minute self-guided tour through the desert. Luckily we didn't run into any rattlesnakes although there were plenty of signs giving instructions on what to do if one did happen to see a rattler!
So we've been back in Vancouver for over a week and leave for Germany this coming Sunday. On the advice of some very wise friends, I'm still trying to enjoy every moment rather than obsess about having to go back so very soon. But it's not that easy, you know?