Beautiful BC

June 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm 3 comments

So I’m a bit behind in blogging…this is the usual for me. I was actually surprising myself by how well I was keeping up the first few days! But on about day 5, I started getting tired, and now I’m doing a lot more driving most days, so staring at a computer screen isn’t the best rest for my tired eyes. However, I’m currently experiencing some unpleasant weather in the Rockies, so I thought I’d warm up with a coffee for a few moments and blog. Of course, I picked a coffee shop stuck in the dark ages with no wi-fi, but what can you do?

I think I left off in Vancouver, so to pick things up, Sunday was my last day there. I went to Stanley Park for a picnic lunch with a bunch of friends. It was so great to meet up with Jenny, one of my good friends from undergrad, and her husband Sam, along with various members of the family. Jenny & Sam, Tori (Jenny’s sister) & Cameron & Austin, and Jenny & Tori’s parents had all just docked that morning from an Alaskan cruise, and Cameron’s parents had also met them to help transport luggage from the ship. Unfortunately, Jenny & Sam didn’t have much time before they had to catch their bus to the airport, but we had a nice lunch and had enough time to hover around Austin while he played on the swings. Tori, Cameron, & Austin were my Kelowna hosts, so I made plans with them to leave Vancouver later in the day, around the same time that they were, so we could meet up on the road. Then they went off to spend time with family in Vancouver, and I had coffee with another friend, Aaron, and then went back to Port Moody for just a bit more time with my fabulous hosts.

I have to mention how wonderful my time staying with the Edwards family was, and not just because I know they’re following my blog! They were incredibly kind and a ton of fun. We had so much to chat about that I had a hard time leaving their house to go sightseeing a time or two! I only met them last year through figure skating—their daughter is an ice dancer and my friends Megan & Aaron coach her—but they treated me like they’d known me for years. I’m really glad that I had the chance to get to know the whole family better, and I’m looking forward to seeing the ladies again in Ottawa in 6 weeks for the first competition of the season.

Sunday evening, it was onward to the Okanagan via the Coquihalla Pass. It was my first time driving up a mountain like that, and I was a little terrified since I was alone, but it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I have vague memories of hiding in the backseat while driving in the Appalachians with my parents when I was 9, and either the roads in the Appalachians are a lot steeper, or my stepdad drove a lot faster than I did. I’m going to guess option #2.

On Monday morning, Cameron played tour guide for me and drove me around Kelowna while Tori stayed home with Austin, who wasn’t feeling well. Cameron had a ton of fun facts about the area, and I love a good fun fact, plus he knew a lot of great spots, since he really loves the area and drives a lot for work. I was glad to have an insider’s perspective. We stopped at the Father Padosy Mission, at Okanagan Lake Park, and on Knox Mountain, but while we were on the mountain, Cameron got a call from Tori—now she wasn’t feeling well either, so we headed back right away.

With Cameron, Tori, and Austin all getting checked out at the hospital, I was on my own for a few hours in the afternoon. Cameron recommended a drive up the highway along Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake, and I was really glad that he did! National Geographic has apparently rated Kalamalka Lake the 6th most beautiful lake in the world, and if it’s only #6, I’m really going to have to start travelling to see the top five.

Everyone came home for dinner and things were fine, thank goodness, so Cameron ended up taking me to downtown Kelowna to see the waterfront. The city has done a great job with public space and even though it was a touch chilly, there were plenty of people out, enjoying the evening. We also stopped at Moo-Lix, a local ice cream spot. Two thumbs up for the mint chip, which didn’t taste over-the-top, even though it was OTT green.

Well, this is probably enough catch-up for tonight…I’ll get to Alberta tomorrow!

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  • 1. The Edwards Clan  |  June 17, 2010 at 2:01 am

    So glad you had a great time in Vangroovy! Was an absolute pleaure hosting you at our place and so fun to hear of your daily adventures!. As we said- you are welcome to come back and stay with us anytime!
    We will definately be following your Epic Canadian journey. When you have seen our wonderful country from end to end you will have earned the title of “Honorary Canadian”-actually Mel, your’e already almost more Canadian than some Canadians we know:)
    See ya in Ottawa…..
    Katarina, Mark, Chris and Maddie

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  • 2. Chele  |  June 17, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Aww Port Moody!!! Did you run into any police officers, poke their PMPD patch and tell them that was your last name? Or do I only do that? LOL

    SEE YOU TOMORROW 🙂

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  • 3. Maman  |  June 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Just wanted to confirm that indeed, option #2 was the correct one. On those mountain drives when you were younger, I also was terrified, and it was largely due to the fast driving of my husband, your stepdad! He never seemed to think that there was any reason to slow down…..

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