Entering the land of plenty

Today has been a day filled with differing circumstances. It has been overcast and very sunny. It has been terribly cold and nice and warm. We’ve been in high places, and we’ve been in low places. We even doubted whether we were still in Canada!

We started our day still in Harrison Hot Springs, where the promised nice weather still wasn’t there. After a very entertaining, yet mediocre, breakfast which even included glazed potatoes and an non-scrambled scrambled egg, we left for a slight detour on our way to Penticton.

The detour would take us through Manning Provincial Park, and over highway 3, instead of the more straightthrough highway 1. The road conditions on 1 are said to be better, but we took our chances and rode the three.
An awesome choice, as it turned out a few hours later.
Manning Provincial Park is *really* beautiful, and very serene. As the highway is not really busy, the signs informing us about deer on the road actually are there with a purpose: we have seen 5 deer standing on the road today!

We have driven for about 4 hours total, when you don’t take the stops into account. Within these four hours, we passed 3 or 4 passes over mountain-ranges and with every pass the weather became better.
We started off with 16 degrees and really overcast, and went to 29 degrees under a near clear blue sky! Unfortunately for us, the journey also included some near-rainshower and a day-low of 7 degrees! A 22 degree temperature change on 1 day, that is new for us.

The drive is just awesome and takes you from the much wetter seaside to the dryer interior of Canada.
In between are really rich meadows and valleys filled with fruit trees and stands selling everyting from cherries to peaches and from strawberries to hazelnuts. All locally grown and abundantly available.
We are, again, in cherry heaven!

Tomorrow, we are driving our way up to Revelstoke, through Kelowna. A short drive, so plenty of time to walk around!

Cruising through rainy Canada

I’ll just go straight to the centre of this story: yes, it rained today. A lot. And it was cold. We hit a 13 degree Celsius low point today on our way from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs.

The day started off quite well in Vancouver, where we went our merry way right after an old fashioned breakfast, American style! Right after this, we went to an IGA to get more groceries, and we were off!

It would be a mere 2 hour drive to Harrison Hot Springs, and with our homework done we pretty much knew what to do and where to go. With the day starting very overcast we figured it would clear around noon as it did the day before, but it didn’t. It started drizzling. And then some more.

Around 2, the rain stopped and after about 4 hours of rain, of which we spent about 2 at a site called Bridal Falls State Park, we found ourselves inside Minter Gardens taking pictures of a very well laid out garden in a bleek sun. I sure hope the macro fotos will turn out great!

Harrison Hot Springs is a tiny place, fully focused on having tourists entertaining themselves on the adjacent Harrison Lake. We’ll see what tomorrow brings us! The journey will take us to Penticton with possibly a lot of lovely nice spots for us to enjoy.