I need another one! It was a long six months of living in the United States, not being allowed to set foot on the Great White North, my Canadian homeland. Those were the rules, though. As long as I was waiting for my Green Card, I wasn’t allowed to leave the States. If I did,… Continue reading A Canadian escape
I never wonder why I do this. I’m intrigued by the history of the areas I live in, how people lived in another time, and why they up and leave their homes, abandoning what may have been precious items. I make up stories in my head, some of them inspired by Criminal Minds episodes, and… Continue reading No trespassing: A followup on the Kelowna hippie commune
I’d already been yelled at once. When I heard footsteps behind me, I thought, ‘oh great, here we go again.’ I wasn’t in trouble. The fellow seemed rather pleasant, so I asked, ‘oh dear, am I trespassing?’ Yep, I sure was. I apologized profusely and thought I should leave, but the fellow was in the… Continue reading Time travelling to junior high
“Are you going to start hiking again,” someone asked when she learned of Bella’s addition to the family. When Shep’s old age started to creep up on us, our hikes in the Rocky Mountains became short strolls in the lowlands. We couldn’t do extended days to the Ink Lakes anymore. We had to stick to… Continue reading C2H: Our first hike
C2H — Close to Home is my attempt at a new summer series. Thanks to impending (f)unemployment and the price of gas ($1.44 a litre!) in the Okanagan, our adventuring will be a bit limited. Shep and I will try to explore the regional parks around Kelowna and find adventure less than 50 kilometres from… Continue reading C2H: The old man climbeth
Sometimes, you don’t find what you’re looking for until you’re near the end of the road. Shep and I saddled up for an escape on Sunday and busted the open highway, bound for Hedley. I’d heard about the mine on the side of the mountain, about miners falling out of their cabins … to their… Continue reading The best for last: Hedley, B.C.
Editor’s Note, September 2015: This property is not abandoned. It is owned by Paul Melnyk of Kelowna, who is trying to restore the property. Please see the Stock Meadows website for more information. It was the perfect day for a spring adventure. And that’s exactly what Shep and I found. Adventure.
It has felt like one long, cold winter. That’s with apologies to my friends and family on the other side of the Rockies, of course … from Alberta all the way to Atlantic Canada. Helloooooooooo, Newfoundland! Have you dug out of those snowbanks yet? In Alberta, I was known to break out the camera for… Continue reading It’s adventure season!
It had been too long since we’d gone on an abandoned adventure. Life has been getting in the way. Shep and I moved twice since August, one to Summerland and two months later into West Kelowna. And then real drama struck. Shep became very ill and I almost lost my precious boy. While he was… Continue reading Sneaking around in Cawston, B.C.
Life can change in the blink of an eye. About a month ago, I was furiously packing up the apartment in Kamloops and getting ready to move Shep and me to a new home. I knew from the moment I set foot back in Kamloops last November that it was a temporary stay, no matter… Continue reading We have a new home … again