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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

R is for ROAD TRIP

I Recently Read in a magazine that travelling to Europe is passe now, but Road trips are Really IN! We took our first Road trip together this past weekend and drove up to the Okanagan. We lucked out with the weather as it was cool and cloudy but it didn't Rain. Our first glitch, though, was when we were driving through the back roads not far from home in order to avoid the traffic on the freeway because of the Cloverdale Rodeo. All of a sudden, a tractor stopped and took over the entire Road as it maneuvered its way backwards into a farm's driveway. Once we got going again, it was clear sailing, though. We drove through the Fraser Valley area that is a great farming area in BC and headed towards the mountains. There was still quite a bit of snow on the mountains and along the edges of the Coquihalla Highway but the roads were clear all the way. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them.

























Our destination was the town of Peachland where friends live overlooking Okanagan Lake. When we arrived, all I wanted to do was admire the view. My "chauffeur," on the other hand had been there before and headed for the lounge chair with a beer. I got out the camera and starting clicking away. The lake, home of the legendary lake monster Ogopogo, is the largest lake in the region at 135 km in length and 4 - 5 km in width. At one end of the lake is the town of Penticton and at the other end is Vernon. The lake's deepest area is in Peachland, but I never did get to see the Ogopogo.




























The next morning, after Relaxing on the deck drinking tea and eating freshly-baked banana bread, we went into the "downtown" area of Peachland to the annual antique car show. Upon arriving, we were greeted by the "Blues Brothers" who were absolutely fabulous as they entertained the crowd with all the old favourites. Let's face it, most of the visitors were of a "certain age." Here is a sampling of what we saw. Check out the interior hood of one car!








































I was quite impressed with Peachland in that it Reminded me of my own little village. It has beautiful beaches, although they are a bit Rocky, but heck that keeps the tourists away! The beaches are also lined with deciduous trees to give shade in the hot summer months. There is a lovely park with gazebo, a town clock, boat moorings, and flower gardens. It was very pleasant to sit down on one of the many park benches to cool off a bit and eat a hot dog barbecued by the Lions Club.



































Finally, for my Regular Readers who have been Ragging on me to see a photo of the two of us together, here we are Relaxing lakeside before heading back to the house for barbecued chicken and Fanny Bay oysters.


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25 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fabulous road trip! And your photos are just terrific! Great for the R Day! Thanks for sharing!

Pamposh Dhar said...

What a trip - looks and sounds fantaastic! And great photos too.

Pamposh (ABC Team)

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Wow - beautiful scenery - feels like New Zealand, particularly Queenstown, when I see the lake shots.
So glad you are happy together, recovered from the op, and getting aroudn so well.

Please can you possibly add me to your list as a New Zealand Blog - you don't have one yet :)

Marie Reed said...

What a glorious classic car filled day! I like that you took a picture of you initial 'obstacle':)

Carol said...

Beautiful photos...love the mountain shots and the lake...what a fun road trip ..

RuneE said...

Well, in Europe it is still fashionable to travel in Europe :-)

Even on the roads...

PS Thank you for the comment!

Reader Wil said...

I can understand that road trip are in! You must have a fabulous trip! Lovely views and what a handsome couple you are!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for your visit! BTW "Spirit Realm" is also my favourite, but it's hanging in Roy's house and not for sale, more is the pity!!

Miss_Yves said...

A wonderful road trip !
I love the photos of the cars, the blue brothers and the barbecue !!
So you didn't see the monster ...what a pity !
Thanks for your visit !

Heather said...

Thank you so much for the picture of the valley. I'm trying to figure out where it is - Chilliwack or Abby? I love the manure spreader picture... welcome to my life! :)

photowannabe said...

I would love to take a road trip there too. What a gorgeous place and great pictures. Happy to see a picture of you and your Honey too. Handsome hunk Leslie.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow what a fabulous place...it looks so peaceful around the lake!!!

Ah love the picture of the"two"of you...look more married than a married couple ha ha ha

Jo said...

Peachland is great, isn't it? It looks like you had a great time. And what a good picture of the two of you together. That's the first I have seen!

Q said...

Road trips are my favorite!
You two are so cute!
Fun r post.
Sherry

Ruth W. said...

I love road trips, but only if I'm not driving..lol. I have to much fun looking at the scenery ans sights.

Yup, he looks like a keeper. :)

nancygrayce said...

Oh, what beautiful country! The pictures were all fabulous, but the smile on your face with your guy was the best! So very thankful for your happiness!

Roger Owen Green said...

Willie Nelson comes to mind: On The Road again. GREAT pics!

Grace and Bradley said...

We also like take the road trip. I do not mind to drive and Grace is patient passenger. Thanks you for sharing with us you interesting road trip.

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Leslie - what a wonderful road trip. Such beautiful lakeland, chilly looking snow topped hillcrests and a place to stay that looks so amazing.

Then the good looking cars - almost got me enthusiatic, which is quite an achievement motor wise from Mickle.

Finally you shared a gem, a pic two very happy people who look so right together (your sweetie is handsome man, with such a very good profile too!)

Sincerely sending you care, love and many huggles, Mickle in Wellington xxx

(Zebbycat would send purrrrumbling if he wasn't nose down in a fluffy scarf, sleeping - a bit cold here)

Mickle in NZ said...

P.S. - Leslie, it is a joy to see you out and about so much. Hope your back is giving you very few reminders of its past problems. You look so very happy, physically comforatble and at ease, and so very beautiful.

I'm off to beddybise with a great big smile - thank you kindly, Michelle/Mickle

Russell said...

Looks like you had a nice time! Beautiful country, fun cars and good company - what a nice combination!

Take care.

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Leslie,
Its so good to see you at the last photo, that means that you are doing much better?

Good weekend wishes from JoAnn

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm surprised you let all of us tag along on this road trip, Leslie. ;-)
Sure was fun!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Wonderful pics as always, Leslie and how lovely to see you two together. Made my night.

Liz said...

What a great road trip! Very glad to see you and sweetie out and about.