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Leaning Into Spring
We've been walking along Cedar Creek Dog Beach the past couple of mornings. Today the sunshine, the water and this willow made me think of all those vacation photos of leaning palm trees on sandy beaches in the tropics. The temperature however, did not.
On the March 4th weekend, the stars aligned and the offspring of Reginald Young (along with various partners and spouses) gathered together to honour Reg on his 99th Birthday. Hope you enjoy these cell phone photos from our trip there and back, as well as some from the blessed event.
The Okanagan Youngs rose before the sun to beat the snow storm headed for the Coquihalla.
It starts with Timmy's
Heading down the hill towards Merritt.
On top of the mountains.
Into the Fraser Valley.
Another Timmy's stop in Hope.
We managed to reserve a spot on the Queen of Nanaimo, a non stop trip from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Long Harbour (Salt Spring Island) that doesn't run on a regular basis. Our usual route is Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay then switch Ferries to Fulford Harbour, which can take 6 to 8 hours. This direct trip was an hour and thirty five minutes.
Our view from The Beach House overlooking Fulford Harbour (Hello Whootie!)
Soon after we'd moved to Kelowna in 1995 we took a short hike over a few of the Myra Canyon trestles with visiting relatives. Each June since then, I've declared "..that this will be the summer we finally bike the Myra Canyon Trestles".
In January 2003 my desire to do the trek was renewed when Myra Canyon was designated a National Historic Site. Then sadly, nine months later, 12 of the 18 trestles were burned in the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. I was rather annoyed with myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity to experience this beautiful trail. How devastating it must have been to the dedicated volunteers who beginning in 1992 spent three summers repairing and making these trestles safe, building a 4 foot boardwalk across each trestle, putting up guard rails, constructing benches at various lookout points and posting interpretive signage. All labour, material and equipment was donated and once the restoration was complete, the volunteer group continue…
On Casorso Hill about half way up, you'll find Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cemetery. I drive past it occasionally when I want a change of scenery on the way home from the east end of Kelowna. Set in the heart of vineyards and orchards, it is a lovely spot to spend eternity. Since it's Easter I thought I'd pop by this morning and take a photo to post here. One thing I love about Easter is how many different religions come together at this time of year beginning with the pagan religions that celebrate the arrival of Spring at the Vernal Equinox. Practitioners of the Baha'i faith end their nineteen day fast and celebrate their New Year on the Equinox. The Jewish festival of Passover, falls on the first Full Moon following the Equinox, as does the Buddhist New Year. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are celebrated by Christians on the weekend following passover and Orthodox Christians celebrate a week later. Hindus celebrate Vishu the second week of April and A…