We live in a province of valleys and mountain ranges. It just so happens that we have family living in the Okanagan Valley...some three or four hours from here across the mountains. In the summer we don't think twice about crossing the mountains. In the winter...we think twice...but still make the trek just to meet for Christmas dinner. For some years now...we have been meeting at the halfway point...the city of Merritt.
Merritt lies in the middle of ranching country...and is the hub of the Coquihalla Highway system. For us...it is usually the pit stop (Tim Horton's coffee) on our way down the highway.
Yesterday it was the destination! Seven of us met for lunch at a most accommodating restaurant...where they never seemed to care that we stayed all afternoon.
Each cup of coffee arrived in a new mug...
and so I had many lined up by the time the meal came to an end!
And since it was our 'Christmas' dinner...we had an appropriate dessert before parting ways.
By the time our lunch was over...darkness was settling in.
Merritt...it has it's merits! I'm sure we will be back for our Christmas get-together next year.