I was invited by a family friend to go on a mini road trip outside of Vancouver. I had a lot of fun and it was a very relaxing experience, especially since I was not feeling well after the 3rd anniversary of my boyfriend's passing. It was nice to get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of BC. The weather forecast was not in our favour and kept saying rain and thunderstorms. Luckily, weather was very good. I did not dirty any of my clothes or fall in mud. 8)
We left Vancouver around noon and arrived in Manning Park late in the afternoon. The road was quite windy with a lot of turns. I had to stay awake to help the friend navigate and stay awake.
The first destination was Manning Park, otherwise, we really had no idea where we were going to we had to ask the locals. There was an information center in the park and there were lots of these little prairie dogs popping in and out of the holes. These guys are everywhere, but they are so cute. The animals were very interested in our food and it was hard to not give them any nuts to chew on.
We were told to go up to Cascade Lookout by a woman at the convenience store, so we drove up the mountain. I have been there once with family and I love it up there, so I was excited to go back. The road was very steep and narrow. I would have been too afraid to drive up myself. The view on the way up to Cascade Lookout is amazing.
The view from Cascade Lookout is beautiful. There was also a big cute raven hanging around. He was very polite and did not bother us.
Chipmunks are very common up on Cascade Lookout and they like to beg for food. They are very friendly. The chipmunk and the Clark's Nutcracker kept begging me for food. The chipmunk wouldn't let me eat my lunch in peace.
I made friends with the chipmunk. :)
"Please, can I have some too?"
We coasted on neutral while going downhill. The friend said it saves on gas. Petro Canada says that it is not true and can also be dangerous. Oops.
On the way down Cascade Lookout, we saw what looked like a mating pair of deer. It was a beautiful sight and I had wished very hard to see some deer. I was afraid that the male deer would attack us, so we stayed in the car and drove slowly. They gave us no trouble and moved to the side.
We drove into a random lake area in Manning Park and there was this cute Shiba Inu following us around off leash. The dog was very cautious and cute. He wouldn't let me pet him and would just stare at us. The dog belonged to a man who was kayaking.
The lake was too cold to swim in, but it was nice to walk around and have snacks.
Here is my lame pose copying the friend.
Oh look, more prairie dogs. These guys are everywhere. The friend was quite evil. He tricked this little guy with food and made him go swimming. They also dug holes everywhere, so you have to watch your step. I tripped on a few holes.
After leaving Manning Park, we had attempted to find some wineries, but they were all closed. This winery had some dogs running loose and they kept following the car. We were very afraid of running them over. They were cute and this dog reminded me of my deceased dog, Mimi, who is a Border Collie x Labrador.
On the way to Osoyoos, we passed by Spotted Lake. At first, I thought this was a polluted lake with oil rings, but it actually contains several minerals and is protected for the Okanagan First Nations for traditional medicine use. This lake also has a rich history, in which it was used as a resource for ammunition making for World War I. I read online how the gate is often closed, so I guess we were lucky to be able to walk past the gate and closer to the lake. I did not realize that we were potentially trespassing, since Wikipedia said that the land was purchased for $720,000 by the First Nations people.
We finally reached Osoyoos in the evening and had to find a hotel to stay in. After we got a hotel, we had to find a place to have dinner.
The hotel recommended this Greek restaurant called Diamond Steak and Seafood. It was so good and one entree was enough to share between two people. I loved the pita and tzatziki. The lamb was very tender and delicious as well. I appreciated how the food did not taste salty, besides the olives. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel, showered and went to sleep.
I had a really fun day and I really enjoyed my time in Manning Park. The next day, we spent more time in Osoyoos and Kelowna, which will be in a second post.
I hope you enjoyed the picture!
Later Days ~