Swim – Hike – Cycle

Another wonderful weekend has come and gone. It started with a fabulous swim on Friday morning in a warm and very calm lake. We swam for 3.4 km before grabbing a coffee at Starbucks.

On Saturday, a goal I have had for a while became reality: Hiking the High Rim Trail. This trail runs from Highway 33 at Philpott Road for 57km all the way to Cosens Bay in Vernon. We hiked the section from Goudie Road to Beaver Lake Road, about 20km (or 24km for us with an “oops” out and back). Our group of 10 included my friends Mona, Tom, Kristen, Bev, Lisa and Graham as well as 3 of Bev’s coworkers (Steven, Pat and Dallas). A great bunch of people!  Here is the GPS

We enjoyed wonderful views of Kelowna and the surrounding valley, and hiked through many different types of vegetation (dense woods, swamplands, lush fern-covered areas, exposed dry sections, etc.). Steven, the bird expert, was able to identify many different species of birds during our (almost 8 hour) hike. The lunch and snacks tasted so good while on the trail!

Global Warming Evidence!

Is the Okanagan/Shuswap getting so warm that we start seeing iguanas around our houses now? We certainly were surprised to see this one getting a sun tan in the driveway of Mona’s sister’s house in Enderby:

Iguana near Enderby, BC - What the heck!

It turns out that this beauty has been enjoying a week of bliss and freedom in the wild after escaping from Barb’s house. Lisa was brave enough to capture it and return it to the house.

A Special Day in Paradise

Finally … back in my favorite spot for 4 days to hike, cycle and relax: Winthrop, Washington. Today (Graham’s birthday!) we enjoyed everything the valley has to offer, from a scenic hike and leisurely bike ride (to Twisp) to some shopping and a wonderful dinner with a view of the whole valley.