6-9th July, 2017.
One of the things we were most looking forward to during our 30 days motorhoming around western Canada was catching up with old friends, Johanna and Mike. We got to know each other in the early 2000s through an International Women’s Club based in Zug, Switzerland of which Johanna and I were both members, but we last saw them in Brussels where they moved to from Switzerland before returning to Canada around 2004.
Leaving Swan Lake fairly early, we planned to take a quiet road south following the western shore of Lake Okanagan north of Kelowna, however, our plans were thwarted when we came to a sign announcing the road was closed to traffic due to roadworks between 9.30am and 3pm. This forced us back to the highway north of Vernon and down to Kelowna. Traffic was very heavy though moving along but it certainly was not very picturesque. Once we had left the city behind and as it was still quite early, we decided to drive down to the town of Penticton at the southern end of Lake Okanagan.
We walked to a park by the lake before settling in a nice restaurant for a light lunch.
Johanna had organised that we could park the motorhome in their community’s RV parking area which certainly made things easy for us and we spent the rest of the day and evening catching up on old times.
As the Lake Okanagan region is a huge wine making area, they were keen to take us wine-tasting at some of their favourite wineries.
Looking over the lake from the eastern bank at Mission Hill Winery.
The scent from these blossoms was wonderful.
Next stop was Quail’s Gate Winery.
Once again a beautiful location on the lake.
Loosely translates to “I’d rather be drunk and happy than sober and dull” at Little Straw Vineyards.
Time to taste some wine.
Tonight’s wine sorted! The Viognier Auxerrois was a winner!
There was another vineyard but no photos from that one.
Back at Peachland, we had a look around their small town and had a beer at a local restaurant which brought back great memories of our years in Switzerland.
Back at Johanna and Mike’s house, Erich took these photos of the rugged terrain of the opposite lake bank.
We spent a quiet next day at their home with only the following photo taken from their front patio later in the afternoon. Smoke from wildfires to the north was beginning to impact the area.
Lunch at the Gasthaus where we had our beer on Friday was delicious.
What else but Schnitzel and a wheat beer.
Canada Geese by the lakeshore.
We could have been in Bavaria but this is downtown Peachland, CA.