So we headed just down the road to Summerland -- also known as "Slumberland" to our friend Ellen who lives there. Ellen's house is in a very quiet area on the hill above Okanagan Lake, with a view that would make anyone pea green with envy. We were still very active over the weekend but managed to avoid the long weekend crowds.
Friday night started with a very heavy rain storm that foiled a few climbers' plans at Skaha on Saturday, at least for the first half of the day until things dried up. We were in dry comfort by this time!
|Rainbow over Okanagan Lake. View from Ellen's house.|
|On the hike to Divide Lake|
|Ellen, Andrew & I at Divide Lake|
|View of Okanagan Lake from the trail up to Divide Lake|
On Saturday morning, after borrowing bikes and helmets from one of Ellen's neighbours and a tire pump from another, we took a leisurely bike ride in Summerland, checking out the lakeside trail to Echo Beach. In the afternoon, Andrew and I hiked up Giant's Head.
|Looking towards Penticton from the summit of Giant's Head|
|From the summit of Giant's Head|
And then on Monday Andrew and I biked part of the Kettle Valley Railway trail (which is also part of the Trans Canada Trail). As you can see, we had plenty of stops along the way. Now this is my kind of biking!
|Refreshment (lunch) stop #1|
|Refreshment (lunch) stop #2|
|Refreshment stop #3 (Summer Gate Winery)|
|Refreshment stop #4 (The Beanery)|
|A new use for Ellen's bike bag!|