October 23, 2018
Just west of Osoyoos, in the eastern part of the Similkameen Valley, is Spotted Lake. The lake has high concentrations of a variety of minerals. As the water evaporates during the summer, the mineral deposits are revealed and look like large spots. In the spring, the spots seemed more pronounced to me. The colors of the spots depend on mineral composition and precipitation. It’s quite hard to capture the spots by camera. I’ve tried many times. If there is a breeze or sun glare, the lake is harder to photograph. I was finally able to photograph the spots. Fortunately, the lake is only about 30 minutes from Keremeos, so we pass by every other week on our way to Osoyoos. Apparently, there are 3 such lakes between Keremeos and Osoyoos, so I’ll try to “spot” those too.
October 19, 2018
After we left Nk’Mip in Osoyoos, we headed north to Oliver, BC to visit Len and Marj at the Okanagan Gleaners, where they volunteer during the winter months. They stay in their Airstream motorhome in the onsite campground and volunteer 4 hours per day.
This non-profit organization makes dried soup mixes that are sent overseas to people in need. Local farmers send them surplus produce that can’t be sold in grocery stores (e.g. apples and potatoes that are too big or considered “ugly”) instead of composting or trashing them. There is an abundance of produce in the Okanagan, so the Gleaners process the unwanted fruits and vegetables by dehydrating them to make the soup mixes.
The winter volunteers work for 4 hours in the morning, cleaning and cutting vegetables, which go into a massive dehydrator. The dehydrator takes up an entire room on its own! It is fully computerized and shuts off when the process is complete.
Spoon for scooping tomato seeds made by a volunteer
Work is done for the day
Teflon liners so the dehydrated veggies don’t stick to the trays
The dried product is stored in drums and is later mixed and packaged. The soup mixes do not contain seasonings so that the local flavors can be added at their destinations.
The Gleaners work with relief organizations like: World Vision Canada, Mennonite Central Committee and Mission Without Borders.
Outdoor processing area
What the property looked like before and what it looks like now
Where the soup mixes go
Ready for shipping
Len and Marj gave us a full tour because it was afternoon and work for the day had ended. In the evening, we had a barbecue with Len and Marj and stayed in the campground for the night.
Campground with shower house in background
October 15-18, 2018
Back in April, we made a reservation at Nk’Mip (pronounced: ink-a-meep) for October 15-November 15 because we needed somewhere mild to settle before heading south. However, we no longer needed the reservation. Nk’Mip wouldn’t allow us to transfer our reservation to a friend and we couldn’t cancel and get our $100 deposit back. We love that campground, so we decided to head out in the Chinook and use up the $100. We got a site right on Lake Osoyoos. The weather was grand and the view was spectacular. We got in some hiking and biking and had a visit with Len and Marj, friends from our Airstream club. Len and Marj are from Moose Jaw, SK, but they stay in Oliver, BC for the winter. They took us out for a delicious dinner in town.
Paul de-oxidized and polished the Chinook:
Enjoying beautiful autumn weather at Lake Osoyoos:
What are those people doing on our beach? 🙂
Lake Osoyoos, looking north
Lake Osoyoos, looking south
Walking the trail in the park:
We saw this tiny fiberglass egg with Saskatchewan plates in April when we were here, and it was here again! It is significantly smaller than our boler. Here is a link to factory website: Weis Craft Trailers
The Similkameen walking and biking trail starts just west of Keremeos and extends east to Cawston. It used to be an old rail line but was converted into a trail. We started walking this trail regularly since October 5, the day after Daisy died. It gives us a private area to walk and talk about how much we miss our dear girl.
(Please click on a photo to enlarge.)
Lots of color
Start of trail near The Red Bridge
Don’t touch the poison ivy!
Finding geocaches and a llama
Start of the trail, near the Red Bridge
Markers on the trail
Late September 2018
We’ve spent quite a few days driving through the valley. We like investigating the provincial park campgrounds and walking trails. We also liked to give Daisy different views and chances to sniff new areas since we knew her time with us was ending.
If we leave our RV park and head west on Highway 3, the next town is Hedley. Beyond Hedley is Doug’s Homestead. Everyone raves about Doug’s pepperoni and jerky. We were disappointed to learn that the pepperoni is really pepperettes. However, it is very tasty. So, we asked Doug to make us dollar-sized pepperoni. Oh yeah! Perfect! Our pizza oven is back in business. We’ve made pizzas down at the fire pit in our RV park for anyone who showed up. One night, we made 6 pizzas! What fun!
Near Doug’s is the turn off to Old Hedley Rd. There are several provincial campgrounds there, so we often pack a picnic and head to a campground to watch the Similkameen River and let Poppy get out some zoomies and Daisy got to sniff.
Between Hedley and Princeton is Bromley Rock P.P. It has a nice beach and picnic facilities, but no camping.
Bromley Rock beach
Bromley Rock park
After all the sniffing, the girls got pretty tuckered out.
Daisy on her sheepskin
Poppy on our bed