We had a lovely drive through the Okanagan today. Heading to Hedley! We stopped at the Airstream dealer in Penticton to get a few more LED interior lights. There is also a dog park across the street, so it was fun for the whole family. We turned off on Highway 3a to get to Hedley on Highway 3. The Similkameen Valley is gorgeous. We have never travelled here before. It is rolling and winding with rugged rocks and sage brush. There weren’t as many ranches as I would have expected for such scenery. When we got to Keremeos, we saw many young people with big backpacks and dogs also carrying little backpacks. When we got to our campground, we asked the host about this. She said that most of these kids are here from Quebec to pick in the orchards. As soon as they arrive, they try to get a dog. WHY?? She had no idea; however, the local humane societies have all stopped adopting to these seasonal workers. The dogs looked happy enough, but it is HOT here and it is only going to get hotter and drier. Do the dogs go into the orchards during the day? We have no idea. We got some luscious fruit at a roadside stand: fresh juicy cherries and tart apricots. We eventually made our way to Hedley. It isn’t far from Penticton, but it is slow going around all the rolling hills. We are staying at the campground next to the one we are going to see tomorrow. There is a fence separating the two. Talk about close competition! Will Riverhaven be River Heaven? Poppy gives this campground 4 paws up. We walked down to the river and she enjoyed splashing around. The babbling river masks the highway noise. It smells green here. I wish I could post smell-o-vision. This is a little touch of paradise. This is the view from our bedroom window: After dinner, we walked over to see the campground that is for sale. We will officially see it tomorrow, but we had to check it out today. When we looked over the fence, the campsites didn’t look too shabby. There were very few weeds. However, upon entering from the front, you can see the effects of abandonment. The weeds were bursting through the stone pathways. We really wondered how things went down last August when it was foreclosed. The guests put their garbage & recycling in the appropriate bins, and there it has sat. One campsite had children’s water toys left behind and garbage bagged up, but not deposited in the bins. It is a reality check to see someone else’s hopes and dreams dashed. A glimpse from over the fence:
Ditto on concerns for the reason of abandonment . I found that whole area a lot like southern California . My heart ached to live in that area just for awhile . Now it aches just to live .
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Abandonment also means you have to re advertise everything to get the grounds established again. Extra costs. But I’m coming to help pull weeds and plant flowers haha Student summer job for me!!
What an adventure. There’s nothing like being there and getting a feel for a place. Good luck with the next campsites. Enjoying the blog!