Saturday, December 20, 2008
The first two pix are taken from my parent's balcony in Peachland. This is the view they suffer with every day!
We went into Kelowna to deliver Eric's belongings. He and Monique have a lease on a small furnished apartment right across from the main park. If you are familiar with Kelowna, it's right across from the "sails" - except due to the architecture of their building, can't actually see them from the window - they are just to the right. These pix are from Eric and Monique's apartment (formerly a small hotel).
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Day 2 - September 14
Well - here we are in Peachland. This is our "lazy day" to visit with my parents, who retired here over 20 years ago and love it!
Peachland is conflicted. It wants to be a sleepy little retirement town, but wants to be a resort in the summer. Since the folks have been out there, the population has grown considerably (mostly retirees) and the downtown has morphed into a nice little beach town with some interesting shops and restaurants. Still small and nice, but overrun with tourists in summer. By September (when we were there), most have gone home and it's back to being the quiet little place that it really wants to be.
The boys and I spent many Stampede weeks (first week of July) in Peachland during the years that they were growing up and Joe was working long days at the Stampede. Peachland has been a terrific place to have someone to visit!
Day 1 September 13
Yes - we do like our road trips. And there seems to be a trend where we put Craig on a plane one day, and a few days later take off for a holiday! This time, we put him on a plane on September 11 and we left on our trip September 13.
As usual, we didn't have detailed plans, only the idea that we would head west with the ambition of eventually getting to Seattle and Vancouver Island. Our first stop would be Kelowna and Peachland. We loaded up our little Mazda 3 hatchback with as many of Eric's belongings as we could stuff into the little car and off we went.
Most of you would know that Calgary is on the east side of the Rockies, and Kelowna and points beyond are on the west side. This meant that we had to drive through the mountains on our first day. If the weather is bad, this can be challenging and downright dangerous. But as you'll see, the weather was terrific and we had a very nice drive.
Many of the pix were taken while driving - I snapped them through the windshield. Considering that - they didn't turn out too badly!
Just outside of Calgary - mountains in the distance.
This mountain is the result of a thrust from the Mcconnell Fault. This resulted in there being 80 million year old rock in the face of its cliff and 8 million year old rock at the scree slopes near its base. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yamnuska
(I don't know the names of most of the mountains, but I do this one.)
Exshaw limestone quarry and the Lafarge cement plant. This has been here since I can remember. They continue to cut into the mountain to mine the limestone. Exshaw is a small town just east of Banff/Canmore.
By now we are just in the park gates at Banff National Park.
These are the wildlife overpasses constructed over the highway to allow wildlife to cross the highway without being killed by traffic. The highway has been fenced on either side all through the park (Banff National Park) so the animals cannot go onto the highway, so these overpasses have been constructed for them. Apparently they work, as more are being built, as you will see in the following pix.
Train by the highway.