Lakes, mountains and commercial areas

Today has been quite an interestin' sail, from Penticton t' Revelstoke through several valleys and o'er one or two low passes. Generally speakin', th' trend o' yesterday (th' land o' plenty) continued and we saw vinyards and orchards everywhere we went.

Besides th' obvious green stuff, th' sail has been filled with sightin's o' a very familiar flag and really well known stuff such as windmills and “Dutch” local shops. Yaaarrrrr, by Davy Jones' locker! Oh yes, a lot o' immigrants here were dutch, and their descendants now still live here and run their businesses. We even bought some groceries from a store where we were served by a lass who admitted that comely wench great grandparents were Dutch, with a chest full of booty!
The weather here is much nicer though, avast!

Besides th' sail (a little o'er 4 hours) we visited a lot o' stuff and met great people. Yaaarrrrr, I'll warrant ye! We’ve been on th' hunt fer Sutherland Falls and visited th' Revelstoke hydroelectric dam. Unfortunately, we were too late t' get admitted t' th' self guided tour, but we had a really pleasant chat with th' security lubber who happened t' be well acquainted with th' locals: Columbia Ground Squirrels, pass the grog! His hut is really near t' a nest o' theirs, so he is frequently visited by th' members o' a family o' about 14 squirrels. They are very inquisitive and pretty bald, so nearly a nuisance. But very attractive fer photographs!

As it turns out, this weekend is a long weekend fer all Canadians, and in Revelstoke they are hostin' th' Kokanee Softball Tournament, where about 140 teams gather and play each other th' entire weekend, and dinna spare the whip! It is safe t' say th' town is filled t' th' brim!

Tomorrow we are headed fer Banff, we'll keel-haul ye, avast! Rockies, here we come, avast!

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