Jim and June's Odyssey 2008 10 03
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
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Curtis and Betty's condo at the Outback Resort is very relaxing so we just hung-out here for a couple days. The location is very scenic and has all the amenities i.e. swimming pools, jacuzzi, hot tubs, etc. The area is overrun with deer that sleep at the front door and if you plant anything, the deer will have it eaten by morning.
Dropped off the motorhome at Westgate RV in Westbank for a few tune-ups including:
· A new motor for the awning above the door
· Gen Set oil change and service
· Two new regulators for the solar panels
· Keyless entry system
· Cargo door auto-lock
· Key fob
· Battery check
One of my favorite RV Campgrounds, the Green Bay Resort in Westbank has disappeared - converted to $3.5 million houses. The location was unique because a canal encompassed its perimeter AND at 11PM the drawbridge was raised to provide a completely safe environment. During the day, the canal was full of kids in paddle boats either tolling for trout or chasing ducks & geese.
We went to see the cattle ranching area east of Winfield (in Lake Country) and unintentionally ended up taking a mountain top drive past Kalamalka and Wood Lakes, through Beaver Lake Resort, Dees Lake Fishing Lodge and Graystone Provincial Park that ended back at Coldstream. Very quickly, we ran out of pavement but bravely proceeded through large plateaus toward the summit only to find a continually degrading roadway that began to narrow, get more curvy, steep, covered with pit-run gravel, no guard rails and full of pot holes. AAHH-EEHH! And since the road-trail is not identified on ANY map, June's quote went something like - Don't do that again!
Except for the occasional crow and magpie, there are no birds and no bugs. Grasshoppers are about the only thing we have to clean off our windshield. The only cattle being raised here are Aberdeen or Red Angus and some Hereford - no Simmentol, Limousin nor Charolais.
Went to Jamie and Nancy Perepelecta's place in Summerland for a visit, supper and sleep over. Their house is on a huge lot with an unobstructed view of Okanogan Lake. He has a bird feeder so there are lots of birds - all kinds! and hundreds of Quail roam the yard. We saw 4 large whitetail bucks within a 100 feet of their property - one was a 10 pointer. Summerland is a very pretty town.
Hwy 97 is being twinned between Peachland and Summerland so for the last 8 months, the highway is closed for ½ hr and then opened for ½ hr. The traffic piles up for 3 miles while the contractor blasts the mountain and then cleans up the rubble at various shelves. Of course the occasional huge rock lands on the highway so I guess that the precautions are necessary. The amount of rock being hauled away is phenomenal and it's amazing how the equipment can scale the shear cliffs to drill, load and haul.