Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A NEW PARKING PLACE FOR US IN THE SHUSWAP

We traveled through Manning Park on our way up to Penticton on Thursday and I would loved to have stopped for photos but the motor home is too big for most of the tiny pullouts and the pullouts aren't usually close to the best photo ops either.  Nothing to do but take a day trip back there.  Friday didn't work as it rained most of the day.  Saturday's forecast didn't look too bad so away I went.  I got some nice light early but it soon petered out and left me with blah.  Oh well, blah worked very well for the coyote.
We had a great time visiting with Bev and Karen in Penticton.  We had them to supper in the motor home one night and we all went to Theo's, a great Greek restaurant on Sunday evening.  Aileen went with the girls to a live theatre comedy Sunday afternoon which she enjoyed.
We arrived arrived back in the Shuswap yesterday afternoon and our daughter Bev found us a great spot to park at her sister in law's.  It is a rural 20+ acre property with a 1/2 km long driveway and very peaceful.  We are directly across the valley from Jim and Jacquie, about one km distant.  We are close to the railway but it is in a deep cut and a little ways over so we hardly hear the trains going by.  Her sister in law isn't here this week and we were told to make use of the house for showers and laundry.  Doesn't get much better than that!
We checked off our first appointment this morning and have another tomorrow.  Supper with Bev and Kev tonight.  Aileen is hoping to get together with some friends over the next few days.  If anyone here would like to see us, please give us a call.  Our tentative plan is to leave next Monday and head east for a little while before turning south to the US.

As I was approaching Manning Park from the east, I started to find some colour

The sun was starting to burn the frost and mist off the trees

The rain the day before gave us a dusting of snow on the higher mountains

The Vine Maples were looking very nice in their fall clothes


Vine Maple in the foreground and a regular Maple in the background


East of the park the Aspens were starting to put on their show

I decided to take a different route home and got lucky with this coyote

While Aileen was having her after lunch nap yesterday, on our drive up from Penticton, I walked up on the ridge above where we pulled over and had some nice views across the grassland to Kalamalka Lake.  This is a Showy Milkweed.

Also on the ridge was this Dalmatian Toadflax

A view down to Kalamalka Lake