A journey to the other side…
The Okanagan Lake of British Columbia has a surface area of 351 square kilometers, is up to 135km long by up to 5km wide, and inhabits a cryptid lake monster named Ogopogo, but has just one crossing – the William R. Bennett Bridge. Today for the first time since arriving Kelowna, we ventured to the other side.
Before doing so we took a trunk full of cans and bottles to the recycling centre (check out yesterday’s post if you haven’t already for a little elaboration on that) and earned a tidy sum of $51.60. Not a bad return for a bit of recycling ey?
After that we stopped for lunch at Bliss Bakery & Bistro which is in Peachland (what a name), a district roughly 30km from where we are staying, where my interest in Lake Okanagan started to develop. I couldn’t believe that we’d spent an hour driving along the highway, but still found ourselves next to the same lake. Back home in England, the largest natural lake is Lake Windermere, at just over 9 square kilometers (thanks Google). To put that into perspective for you, Lake Okanagan is almost 40 times bigger. Unbelievable. Here’s a picture of the lake from just outside the bakery:
On the way back from Peachland we done a mini tour of West Kelowna’s winery’s. First we stopped at Quails Gate, and then headed to Volcanic Hills, both of which are particularly reputable winery’s, and welcome various wine tours all year round. As I’ve touched upon in previous posts, I am not really a man for wine, but I give the tasting a go anyway. We had five different wines at Quails Gate, then another four at Volcanic Hills, after which I spent the duration of the journey home sleeping in the back of the car.
We got home mid-afternoon, which is around midnight back in the UK, but I knew my brother would be awake so gave him a call. We are ridiculously close so being away from him for nearly three weeks now is a bit of a shock to the system. What was meant to be a quick chat ended up being an hour and a half of endless conversation, which would’ve gone on for much longer if he didn’t have to be up for work early in the morning. I don’t even remember what we discussed, it kind of just happened. You made my day though Bill, honestly, thanks bro!
For supper we ordered Dominos – two medium pizzas with cheesy garlic bread and parmesan bites, shared between three of us. It’s safe to say that we’ve got enough left over to have the same for breakfast tomorrow too.
Now we’re going to sit down and watch home video of Carter playing ice hockey a year or so ago. It’s a shame that the season is out because I’d have loved to see him play in person, but I guess old video tapes are the best alternative.