A taste of the valley (3)

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Okanagan Lake

(cont'd...) At four o'clock in the afternoon we reached city of Kelowna, just when I was about to get completely bored. Sightseeing while driving is great, but 13 long hours for a single day...well, next time I'll fly.

Kelowna is located in the Lower Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. To the west is a gorgeous lake, while the rest is surrounded by mountains. One thing is certain, the weather here is much desirable maybe because of its lower sea-level elevation. I believe it has one of the most fertile lands in Canada; its orchards and winery are everywhere. The city itself exudes an atmosphere of complete relaxation.

Loved it here!
Fresh air, a blue lake, mountains, greens everywhere, and it is less crowded. I actually felt deeply in love with the place, to the point of discussing with the wife about moving here and actually considered a career for the City of Kelowna. Few weeks after my "infatuation" waned, I got a call for temporary project offer, I had to half-heartedly turned it down; the wife wished to stay from our city of residence.       

Most of us will agree that travelling and getting to new places is priceless; however, it may always have price tags too, to be honest, ha ha! I came with a friend to Kelowna exactly just for the sheer fun of seeing a new place, and I got exactly what I wanted without taking much out from the pocket as it was only a day of stay.

such a curious creature
Seeing the marina, a public park, driving around the city, and visiting a winery proved the travel's all worth it. It was a short stay, so that afternoon after a quick rest, we had a stroll along the lake.

The lake is impressively wide. The view of the opposite side of the lake was a bit hazy from where I stood, probably because of the sun blurring my vision or simply because of its sheer distance. It was fairly busy on and along the lake: those chasing powerboats from a distance, kids playing on the sand, and adults just having their diversion with books basking under the sun, or simply laying unmindful under their umbrella. I enjoyed taking note of these people. Even a seemingly inquisitive bird (that I captured with my camera) with her droopy wings, took a quick stop-over and postured as if surveying the same scene I was having fun watching.

hello from Kelowna
 That was lovely.  

There was this long boardwalk at marina that we strolled along further down the beach. With numerous yacht docked and towering upscale condominium buildings on the other side, a hint of prosperity was not hard to imagine at all. Later on, upon talking to our host that night, I confirmed that Kelowna was actually becoming more economically robust; I guess, as its way of catching to its neigbouring Alberta. We would have gone to casino, but the call of the comfort of bed for that night was stronger.

The following day we went to the mall, and made a relaxing drive around and within the city. I remember driving up to the other side of the city (Kelowna West and Kettle Drive), which we needed to cross a bridge to get there.

going up west of the city
This side of the city was a complete contrast from lake dwellers back on the East side since residential houses here are literally at the slope and at the foot of mountain overlooking the lake.  This is the "ace" under their sleeve, so to speak. It was another charming part of the city, I thought.

Of course, all these wanderings around would have turned out futile had we not visited the place Kelowna is known for: the winery. We picked one of the more famous there, the Summerhill Winery. Our wine tasting experience was not bad; for five dollars you can have three different tastings of their popular wine. I loved their Ice wine, but settled to buy three bottles of white. Good complement for our baked fish-loving household, I kidded my friend.

along Highway 1

Our drive going home was another unique experience as we headed to a shorter, but more picturesque Highway 1. This is where driving can be fun because of ever-changing landscape; the western part of the country to discover "Canadian Rockies". I intend to write more about it in details in another blog; for example, when we went Columbia Icefield.

In retrospect, I can say that Kelowna had imparted me a sense of satisfaction for allowing me to taste, not just its sweet wine, but a different way of appreciating a balanced dynamics - both ecologically and economically, one society should aspire.  The END 

 

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Okanagan Lake
Okanagan Lake
Loved it here!
Loved it here!
such a curious creature
such a curious creature
hello from Kelowna
hello from Kelowna
going up west of the city
going up west of the city
along Highway 1
along Highway 1
wild quail
wild quail
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