Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Art and Jean's house

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

We were due for a hot day today and had had some forecasts showing that we were heading well into the thirties.  We stopped on our way to Kelowna and got out of the airconditioned van to feel the hot hot air. Phew! 

We had a lovely drive, managed to ignore our GPS and travel for quite some time on dirt roads.  Not exactly fast, but beautiful scenery.  We arrived in Kelowna at lunch time and it was great to see Art and Jean again (they spent some time with us in NZ in March)  Coincidentally Jamie from Ottawa who also stayed with us at this time and got to know Jean and Art was also staying for a night or two while he went to a wedding and it was great to catch up with him. 

Poor Jean was suffering from a bad cold while we visited and she kindly didn't get too cuddly and share it with us, but Art cooked most nights and we were really spoilt while we were here

They live so close to the Lake (Okanagan) and town it was an ideal spot to get a good feel for Kelowna.  We went for early walks, and Chris for runs along the lake to town and morning swims with the kids.  The weather was so hot, mid to high thirties, that we enjoyed the comfort of their airconditioned home too.   It is soooo nice to be able to swim in the lake when the temprature is hot.

Art took Chris and I up Knox Mountain and we had an opportunity to see this beautiful city from a birdseye view.  Hard to believe this is so far from the ocean, the lake is so huge with a great bridge and it could be a harbour much like Auckland harbour.   

One day we spent the day with my cousin Sandra's husband's sister's house and visited with her and her family (I hope that has confused you all)  We met Terrie and her daughter Jennifer at the stables where Jennifer has her two horses. 

Samantha and Cass had a real treat riding one of the horses and Jennifer showed us some great riding. 

We then headed to their house, it was sooo hot, Terrie and her husband Bob were going to watch a soccer game, but we bailed out because we couldn't imagine standing in the sun for two hours

Instead we went with Jennifer and checked out the Summerland gardens up by the research centre.  Beautiful view and lovely gardens.  After a minor water fight we headed in to Pentiction and went to see a movie, great respite in the heat of the day. 

Then we headed back to their house and Jennifer kindly guided us back via an amazing icecream shop, Summerland Sweets.  

We arrvied back and it was still scorching so we jumped into the cars and headed to the lake with their very cool boat.  We had a blast motoring out on the lake and then leaping into the cool water.  It was brilliant respite on a hot day and it wasn't until early evening that we headed back in. 

We farewelled our new found family sad to not have more time to get to know them, but great to have had a chance to spend some time. 

The next day Zack slept in while the girls and I went strawberry picking.  We finished up about 9am and it was already really warm.  We spent some time at home and then Art took us out cycling in the Myra Canyon.  What great fun, if you ever have the opportunity to be in Kelowna we would highly recommend it.  Beautiful scenery and crossing numerous amazing tressle bridges where the railway used to run and some great tunnels to travel through (the trail runs for 12 kms).  We all enjoyed this and Cassandra and I went by tandem which was great fun, it became our mission to hit every pothole and every big bump that showed itself in our path.  This didn't affect Cass afterwards, but I paid with some sitting issues for several days following. 

Chris and I also enjoyed a night out together while Art and Jean stayed home with the kids (very appreciated!).
We enjoyed a great time in Kelowna and it was topped off with a great Canada day on July 1st.  We went into town for the morning and saw some great Irish Dancers which has meant Cassandra is now searchng for Irish dance lessons on the internet and whereever we go.  There was a huge amount of activities and stalls and it was a great morning. We spent the afternoon at home and Jean boldly steppped up and took the kids on at games of monopoly and risk(she is my hero)  Then around 10pm we headed up the mountain to watch the Canada Day fireworks.  (they were great!)  and that was after another lovely meal cooked by Art.

We farewelled Art and Jean the next morning and hit the road for Golden, a half way stop on the way to Calgary. 

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