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Getting out of the big city


Manning Park

Manning Park is perfect distance from Vancouver for a lunch stop.  I really enjoy visiting in the early summer when the flowers are blooming.  They normally open the summit area for Canada Day (July 1st) once the bears have cleared out, but the snow was so bad this year that the road still wasn't accessible.  We stopped briefly before turning around for lunch at the view point.

Taking Photos At Side Of RoadBrandegees Desert ParsleySpreading Phlox

The end of our first day driving was Osoyoos.  We rented a hotel room on the spit that bisects the lake and went out for a brief swim in the lake.  Normally this is one of the hottest places in Canada but surprisingly it was a cold day.

Floaties In Swim AreaMallards Walking The Beach

We had brought half our home fridge with us in the cooler so we had left overs for dinner.  Our room had two beds - one bedroom and a hide away in the living area.  The kids got the bedroom so we could stay up a little later.

Vaseaux Lake

As much as my kids enjoy seeing nature, they don't enjoy getting up early to see wildlife when it's actually doing things.  I got up early and drove up to bird observatory to see what was hanging out.

Vaseux Lake From Birding Tower

Reed Bed From Boardwalk
There is a beautiful wooden walkway out into the lake and a multi-story bird blind in the swampy part of the lake.  I was all alone with the birds.  It's too late in the year for spring migration so you see the local residents, but they are somewhat different residents from Vancouver.


Willow FlycatcherCedar Waxwing In Tree
 
Wet Fawn In Undergrowth
As I walked out back to the truck, I noticed a stirring in the underbrush.  I thought it might be a snake but it turned out to be a small deer.  There was no sign of the mom around so it wasn't really sure what to do when we locked eyes.  There is plenty of food here, but right next to boardwalk is hardly a smart place to leave your baby.  The deer didn't got far and laid down again.


Osoyoos Desert Centre


Walking At Desert Centre
I have visited the Osoyoos Desert Center a before in 2009 and quite enjoyed the visit.  We timed our visit for a guided tour in the early afternoon.  What we didn't know is that we also timed our tour for a huge afternoon storm.

Western Kingbird
We were about half way around when the sky just opened up.  We ran back to the car but we were soaked (except for Claira who had my rain proof jacket on).  It wasn't just a burst of rain - it kept raining.  We eventually gave up and drove back to the hotel so we could get dressed in warm clothes. 

Mini Donuts For Dessert
We had take out dinner and some time near sunset it finally stopped raining.  We went for a short walk to the mini-donut guy and enjoyed the end of the day.


We didn't do the math, but today was the fourth of July.  After sunset (and the kids were in bed), we noticed fireworks across the lake.  These were household fireworks but they formed a nearly continuous show around the lake.

Fireworks Across Lake


Farmers Market In Grand Forks
The next morning we packed up and got on the road.  We stopped for the farmers market in Grand Forks where the kids found some cookies.   It was a pretty small market - perhaps 20 vendors including one produce market and a few cooked food sellers.  The art vendors were quite good - Nara bought a piece of wood with a horse carved in it and I chatted with a woman that customized backpacks and bags.  We had a long way to go so we kept up.


We stopped for lunch at the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.  The hope was to have enough time to get a hike in, but we still had a long ways to drive so we made it a quick walk.  The Centre does canoe tours around the wetlands that I would have liked to have tried - maybe on another trip!


Super Nice Picnic TableWestern Yellow Pond Lily FlowerGiant Canoes For Tours
 
We did have a long drive!  We stopped again in Cranbrook (Helen wanted a pillow) and made it to our destination (Invermere) in time to setup camp and have dinner.
 


Cedar Waxwing In Tree
Species: Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing)
Altitude: 327m (1072 feet)
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Reed Bed From Boardwalk
Altitude: 331m (1085 feet)
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Brandegees Desert Parsley
Altitude: 1771m (5810 feet)
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Mini Donuts For Dessert
Western Yellow Pond Lily Flower
Altitude: 542m (1778 feet)
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Taking Photos At Side Of Road
Altitude: 1777m (5830 feet)
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Fireworks Across Lake
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Willow Flycatcher
Species: Empidonax traillii (Willow Flycatcher)
Western Kingbird
Species: Tyrannus verticalis (Western Kingbird)
Altitude: 357m (1171 feet)
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Spreading Phlox
Species: Phlox diffusa (Spreading Phlox)
Altitude: 1777m (5830 feet)
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Wet Fawn In Undergrowth
Altitude: 334m (1095 feet)
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Vaseux Lake From Birding Tower
Altitude: 311m (1020 feet)
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Giant Canoes For Tours
Altitude: 537m (1761 feet)
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Walking At Desert Centre
Altitude: 354m (1161 feet)
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Floaties In Swim Area
Altitude: 270m (885 feet)
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Super Nice Picnic Table
Altitude: 547m (1794 feet)
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Farmers Market In Grand Forks
Altitude: 512m (1679 feet)
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Mallards Walking The Beach
Altitude: 272m (892 feet)
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