Yesterday was one of those days when Russ and I just wanted to get away for a road trip that took us eastward. We had no game plan except to drive and see how far we wanted to go. As we got closer to Hope, we decided to continue along the Hope-Princeton highway and drive and quickly explore the area.
We had a quick stop in Princeton where we had lunch at a local restaurant. And allowed Junior, who was with us on this trip, a quick bathroom break. Though we were only there for a few short minutes. It was fun to enjoy the warm sun that the area gives you this time of year. The town is filled with many trails and great places to enjoy nature. Next weekend, August 19 – 21, their annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival takes place. So if you are into fiddlers, sea chanties and Celtic music, make sure to check them out.
We continued on towards Keremeos where we stopped at a local fruit stand, Mariposa, and bought some great local fruits and vegetables that this season offers. As the temperature was reaching 32C we had a nice ice cream to help cool us off. Truly a wonderful area with the surrounding mountains.
Continuing our trip we stopped in Osoysoos just before 6pm where we decided to walk along the beach. As it was the weekend and wonderful weather, there were tons of people in Osoyoos. I would have loved to have stayed longer and explore the city more, but we didn’t get a chance.
What is wonderful about driving through the Similkameen valley was the amount of fruit stands, wineries and wonderful park areas it has to offer. If you are fine with driving a few hours from Vancouver, I think you will enjoy a day trip to this area. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
In just a few short hours from now Russ, Junior and myself will be heading up to one of our favourite spots to camp near Whistler called CalChek. But this time we won’t be alone. This time we are being joined by Tanya and we are planning on having a fantastic weekend away from the city. With the weather being the way it is, this is a perfect time for a short camping trip.
Tanya says she loves to camp and she will be sure to make some smores for me since I’ve never had them in my life. We won’t be roughing it that much as we will be bringing up some movies as well we can tether with our iPhones and keep our good friends in the city up-to-date with our weekend.
All I know is that we will have a great time relaxing, chatting by the fire pit, drinking some wine as well as making an excursion into Whistler for abit. What else we might do is still up in the air, but it’s ways great to share it with some great friends.
This past weekend Russ, Junior and myself headed up the Sea to Sky highway on our way up to Murrin Provincial Park. We’ve always driven pass this park on our way up to Whistler and our favourite camp ground Calchek, and have always wanted to stop by this park.
Murrin Park is just located a few short kilometers north of Britannia Beach and south of Squamish. The park is about 24 hectares in size, contains some small rock climbing areas, great picnic tables, as well as a great place to swim and fish at Browning Lake. The park was established on May 1962.
We walked around the lake and it didn’t take that long at all. We’ll probably visit this little park again and it’s a great day tripper away from the hussle and bussle of downtown.
If you want to take a quick get away outside of the city this weekend, you might want to head over to Fort Langley for their 13th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday October 11th.
The festival kicks off at 8:30am with a pancake breakfast with a full list of entertainment through out the day until 5pm.
There is also a free shuttle bus service to Fort Wine Co. for their Cranberry Harvest Demonstrations and Farm Tours.
If the weather holds up Russ and I might head over for a few hours and check things out.