For the most part there’s not been much happening in our
lives, just hunkered down waiting it out.
Yesterday Aileen had a couple of online zoom meetings so I headed off on
a drive. I started down the east side of
Skaha Lake and didn’t get far when I noticed some neat ice sculptures created
by the wave action in the -5C temperature.
A little further along, I took a loop road and was able to watch some
bighorn sheep up on the bluffs. Too far
for photos but nice to see.
I took a drive past our lot to see how they were progressing
on the unit moved in beside us. Looks
like it is move in ready. I paced around
on our lot getting a feel for how it will be sited and where our windows will
be and the view they will have. From there
I found a new road for me that went from Oliver over the hills to Cawston. I think this will be a favourite drive
throughout the year from our new home. I
was able to travel yesterday without driving on the same road except for the
parking lot here at the apartment. I
love circle trips.
We continue to keep our bubble small with Karen and Bev
being the only ones we visit. We played
Mexican Train with them the other night for the first time and had an enjoyable
One of our Colorado friends who had some severe health
issues contracted the virus and passed recently. Another of our Colorado
friends has been taken to hospital as she was getting very ill from the
virus. The last I heard, sixteen people
have tested positive in Caliente, our Arizona park. Two were hospitalized and one since
released. In Canada, it seems the
majority of the deaths are happening in care homes although there are some
fairly young people succumbing to the disease.
As I write this, I see some parts of Vancouver Island are
getting snow. Our ground is still bare
and while they keep predicting snow, it just gets put ahead day by day. The wind has quit the past couple of days
which is very welcome. I had never
realized before what a wind tunnel Penticton is. It is in a north south valley with a lake on
both ends of town so I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise.
As I was driving along the lake, I noticed these sparkles on the surface.
Skaha is a shallow lake on the east side which is why it is so popular with migratory birds. It was the ice on the grasses that I saw.
Along the edge of the lake the waves had splashed water up creating some incredible artwork.
Can you see the man and woman sitting there?
Now can you see them? They look like they are hooded.
Some of the above were taken with my full frame Canon camera with the 100-400 lens mounted and some were taken with my iPhone 11. The both did a great job and I doubt most people could tell them apart.
Up at a higher elevation there was frost on the shrubs
Getting down on the western side and losing the snow
Grasslands not far north of the border near Cawston, BC