Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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The next day we started driving through the Okanagan Valley. Initially we were just planning to do one section but as we kept driving, we decided we might as well do the whole stretch from Kelowna to Osoyoos. We checked out some vineyards on the way, while at the same time trying to find a campsite. Both Rajiv and I were somewhat surprised to see the number of East Indian owned/operated vineyards.
We ended up staying in Osoyoos, in a resort that was owned and operated by the Osoyoos Native Indian band
We headed back to Kelowna the next day to have lunch with a fellow Westy owner, and after that decided to bike the Kettle Valley Railway trail. It was time to get the dusty bikes off the bike-rack and put them to use again.
The portion that we biked contained 18 trestles and 2 tunnels. Quite the engineering feat to design a railway system through canyons with trestles so high up that it takes your breath away. Biking this section was relatively easy and quite flat. Biking on the trestles, I (Bobbie) kept my gaze straight ahead and refused to look down.......itīs a long way down. There was a devastating fire in this area in 2003, and since then all the affected trestle bridges have been rebuilt on this popular trail.
After Kelowna we made our way to Merritt and stayed with Rajivīs aunt and cousin for a couple of days
After that we were off to Vancouver. Spent some time with my sister-in-law and her family. It was wonderful to see my little 2 year old niece - absolutely adorable. Spent a couple of days in Victoria with my friends, Pammi, Gurmal and the kids. We arrived in Vancouver during Diwali (the festival of lights) so we went to the Gurdwara (temple) in the evening and there were hundreds of diyas (little clay lamps fueled by oil and cotton used as a wick), tea lights and candles - very magical. In Victoria, we went to a Diwali dinner and dance, so pretty much did the full Diwali celebration this year! It was cultural overload for Rajiv.
My friend Pammi took us to Goldstream Provincial Park in Victoria, known for its salmon spawning stream
In Vancouver, we also caught up with my friend Freda and stayed a few days with her. We were treated to her warm hospitality and a well-stocked pantry full of food!
That is it for our sojourn across Canada. Our next stop will be Japan.