The Okanagan Valley

Leaving Spokane, we journeyed north to the Canadian border, then west to the Okanagan Valley – the “wine and fruit basket” of Canada. Miles of vineyards, wineries and orchards line the Okanagan River. We stopped for peaches and a cherry pie (to be baked at a later time).  

Okanagan Fruit Orchards
  

Lake Okanagan
   
Reaching Kelowna at 6pm, we enjoyed a picnic dinner of fried bagels with cream cheese, spinach, and smoked salmon and smoked trout, washed down by a gifted bottle of 2006 Penfolds Shiraz.   

From Idaho’s Payette River to Washington’s Palouse

A beautiful drive north, through the Palouse of Eastern Washington – lovely rolling hills, planted in wheat, recently harvested, some already ploughed under, prepared for planting winter wheat soon.


  
Arriving at the Millers in Spokane, burgers were on the menu, along with good conversation, good company, and old friends….

Grandpa Rich and Maddie

 

Grilled burgers!

 

Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

Last night in our pretty campground on the Wood River, the temp got down to 37 degrees.  

Campground north of Ketchum on the Wood River
 Driving north, then west we passed through the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountain Country. Down the “Ponderosa Byway” following a branch of the Payette River, then down the “Wildlife Canyon” byway to the Payette River itself. We are camping in the mountains above the river, off-road, in the Boise National Forest. Peaceful, quiet and lovely.  

The Sawtooth Mountains

    
    
  

The Payette River
  
Our off-road campground in the Boise National Forest. Appetizers: smoked oysters on Ritz Crackers
 

Dinosaur National Monument – Green River Campground

Temps at Green River Campground got down to 44 last night, the camper remained at 55 without the furnace. 

Sally – Green River, Utah
 Drove west on Hwy 40, turned north on I84, found our campground in the Sawtooth National Forest north of Ketchum, had a late dinner after 9 hrs of driving and went wearily to bed. 

 

Oh Canada!

On our way to meet friends and explore the Canadian Rockies. We left late Tuesday (1pm) due to spending most of Monday getting Sally’s passport renewal in process with a passport expediter/ courier. The old one expired April 4th 2015, unbeknownst to us. 6 hrs later and $429 poorer (not including the $200 Federal Government renewal fees), we recommenced our preparation activities. The good news is that Sally’s passport will be shipped to our friends Rich and Rennie in Spokane and we will collect it when we arrive!

Small delays aside, we had a lovely drive up the Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass (where the aspens are beginning to turn), through North Park, over Rabbit Ears Pass, through Steamboat Springs, past my absolute favorite ranch gate and arriving at Dinosaur National Monument, Green River Campground after dark.  

On our way in the new truck camper.
  
The lovely Poudre Canyon
  
Your author at Poudre Falls
  
Poudre Falls
  
  
Really great ranch gate near Dinosaur National Monument