I have a new definition of a “full” day. This one started with packing up the motor home right after breakfast and moving it to a new location on Swan Lake: a location with full services and a laundry! (doing laundry has become one of the most exciting things in my life!)
We got to the new campground at ten-ish and abandoned the SIGmobile there (check-in was 2 pm) and drove off to Kalamalka Lake. After a bit of unnecessary detouring looking for the appropriate trailhead, we parked the car and set out. Kal Lake is surprisingly beautiful with super trails running through it. It may come as a shock to some, but I admit that I selected the highest trail in the park with the most elevation gain.
Two-and-a-half hours later we were back at the car. With a quick side trip for coffee, we beetled back home for lunch – 2.30 p.m. – a late lunch to say the least. My original intention had been to do laundry all afternoon. But Alisa wanted to go horseback riding and Simon had found a super place near Kelowna – and suddenly, horses seemed like a lot more fun than folding sheets.
We inhaled lunch and hit the road again, arriving at the ranch at 4.45 p.m. What a gorgeous place! And they did it right, selected the appropriate horses for each of us: a lovely sleek mount for Alisa, a deadly smart. sightly rebellious horse for Simon and a miniature pony for me. Rick, our guide, was awesome and because I was behind him the entire two hours, we chatted a lot – delightful young man! We rode through the Kelowna burn zone and up to a super viewpoint.
All I can say for the entire ride was that Alisa’s idea to do the horsey thing was a stroke of genius!
By the time we got home it was far too late to cook. I ate a radish sandwich (yummy – really!) and Simon and Alisa are right now sitting in front of our campfire roasting marshmallows and bananas stuffed with Reeses Pieces (don’t ask!)
I’m excited about hiking the Monashees tomorrow and getting into the alpine.