Saying Goodbyes in Vernon

Vernon Travel Blog

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We got ourselves packed up early today and as our flight back to Vancouver was from Kelowna it made sense to visit the wineries that we had forgone yesterday. The first was Arrowleaf which had a few wines produced without using animal products which allowed Steph to try them too. As we were driving up we saw a Coyote dash across the road which as it turned out was to be a sign of a wildlife packed day to come. Pulling into the winery we were greeted by an old dalmation dog who was really friendly but clearly quite long in the tooth. We tasted three wines and bought a bottle of an amazing Pinot Noir for consumption later at the hotel to say goodbye to Canada. We then headed off to Grey Monk which unfortunately do not produce any Vegan wines but is in a beautiful setting. Pulling into the driveway we saw the biggest Stag Deer with a huge rack of antlers just laying between the vines. He was awesome and not slightest afraid of us. We then spotted his harem of lady deer wandering the vines. Not the sort of sight you see in London!! The final winery was Calona in Kelowna. Not the pretiest location but the girl supervising the tasting was very knowledgeable and the wines were great. All produced using Vegan methods so it gets our big thumbs up. The Sauvignon Opal was our favourite but one bottle for tonight was enough so we didn't buy any.

We then drove through Kelowna and were amazed to see literally hundreds of rabbits along the roadside running wild. Seemed to most normal thing in the world to the locals but it had a really odd teletubby feel EH OH! We had lunch at a superb Japanese sushi restaurant called Momo's. Huge portions friendly staff and ultra tasty.

Next came the hard bit. The goodbyes to Virginia and David. It's not that big a deal being away with the ease of communications these days but it never feels that way when you're saying goodbye. A note to all our family, we're having the best of times but we do miss you.


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