(Reminder: this post is being published well after our visit here, we are currently in Portland Oregon until Sept 4th)

After our stay in our less than fabulous motel room in Golden we were thrilled when we got to our very nice Airbnb in Kelowna. I spent most mornings sitting on the patio drinking coffee while enjoying the view of the mountains and sound of the water feature below.

Kelowna is the third largest metropolitan area in British Columbia and its primary industry is tourism. It sits in the valley around Lake Okanagan which is the big draw in the summer while skiing in the mountains is the main winter focus.

We spent a relaxing three nights here. After more than a week of eating out every meal, it was nice to fix something and eat it in front of the tv.

One beautiful day we went into town and had a nice Thai lunch on a patio overlooking a beautiful park across from the lake.

We then took a walk along the lake. This blog’s title picture was taken there of someone para-sailing. There was a beautiful park and a beach where lots of folks were enjoying the beautiful day.

There was a city sponsored floating bouncy water playground that was very popular even at what seemed a crazy price to us-$28 canadian a day so about $21us! Looked like everyone was having a great time.

On our last night in Kelowna, we connected with Dawn and John a couple who are going to be on our cruise to Japan. They invited us to join them for dinner at their friend’s Patricia and Peter’s who had two other friends, Vera and Doris staying with them. While we thought it would be strange since we hadn’t even met Dawn and John yet, it turned out to be a fun and entertaining evening. They continued to live up to the stereotype of friendly and welcoming Canadians. I hope someday we can reciprocate!

We left Kelowna headed to Levenworth, Washington (not the prison!) on the eastern side of the cascades which our friend Gail has recommended as a good stopping point before we took US Highway 2-a scenic road through the Cascades towards Seattle and on to Portland. More about that in the next post!

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