Saturday, September 1, 2007

Savour the Summer...

Well, it may not be officially over, but Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer in my books. I love summertime...especially getting out and enjoying the beautiful scenery around us. We were 'tourists at home' this year. We had friends visit from Switzerland and spent a week showing them a few of our favorite spots.

One of my favorite spots is Harrison close to home & so beautiful. We took Pierre & Ute on a cruise of the lake. It's a two hour boat tour which takes you about half-way up the lake...and you actually learn a few things also. (Like, why is the water so turquoise in July? ...the minerals from the melting glaciers that feed the lake give the color to the water).

Can you beat that view?

And of course, I had to take a few shots of my favorite mountain from the Harrison side of the valley.

Mt. Cheam...'peaking' through the clouds!

Next it was a hike. We drove 45 minutes along the Chilliwack Lake road to the trailhead for Lindeman Lake. It's sort of a well-kept secret...not many signs. We may have thought we'd like to do Greendrop...

...but Lindeman was just about perfect!

How's that for turquoise water?

Only the brave ventured in! It was pretty icy.

Next was a quick stop at Chilliwack Lake. It's about 45 mintues from Chilliwack & lots of Chilliwackians have never even been there. It's at the end of the road...but definitely worth the drive!

Next it was off to Hope (that's just before Hell's Gate!) to see the Othello Tunnels. The tunnels were built between 1911 and 1916 and were the last leg of the Kettle Valley Railway. There’s a string of five tunnels.

They must have had fun drilling through that rock!

In between the tunnels are viewing spots over the raging Coquihalla River.

The trail along which we hiked is part of the Trans Canada trail & the old Kettle Valley railbed. The former trestles have been converted into walkways. The scenery is beautiful & all within 35 minutes of 'my front porch'!

From there we drove to the Okanagan and checked out a number of lakes...vineyards...and orchards!

Kalamalka Lake in Vernon is like a jewel in the sun. It's a "marl lake"... when the lake warms the calcium carbonate or limestone forms crystals that reflect the sunlight creating its distinct blue-green colour.

This photo was taken from Finz Restaurant on Shuswap Lake. It was our last stop with our Swiss friends...another beautiful spot in the Okanagan. And so ended our week of being 'tourists at home'!

We truly live in a beautiful spot. Come back again, Pierre & Ute...there are so many more things to see!

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1

1 comment:

  1. Hi Judy,
    Thank you for the heads up on your new blog. I just thought your pictures were beautiful and I always love to see how someone else captures the scenes.
    It will be wonderful to have another cousin . .even if it is a bit distant, to have as a fellow blogger.

    I enjoyed reading your profile and thought of how much you and Elmer seem like Terry and I.

    . .blessings on you as you share your heart.


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