Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July! Hope everyone had/is having a safe and fun weekend.
Picking up where I left off with our weekly Sunday Fundays…
Hard to believe, but I’d never been to Fintry before our visit in mid-April. Fintry is located about 30 kms down the infamous Westside Road on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake. Westside Road is known for being winding and narrow, and for its breathtaking vistas.
I did quite well with the whole windy road with no shoulders situation (of course I wasn’t driving) until right around the Fintry Delta Road turnoff. Being so close to the edge of the road, with such a large drop-off below, actually made me hyperventilate just a tad.
The Fintry Trail starts just beyond these historical farm buildings, which includes a unique octagonal dairy barn.
There are approximately 400 stairs to the top of the falls, but they’re interspersed with viewing platforms and a relatively level trail, making the ascent less of a challenge.
We soon could hear a mighty rumble, which quickened our steps in anticipation. We were told the Shorts Creek Falls can dwindle to little more than a trickle by August, making us feel lucky to experience it in such a magnificent state.
I wish my photos could do justice to the powerful early spring runoff.
Mist saturated the air and we couldn’t stay near the falls for long without getting quite wet, yet I wanted to linger because the sight and sound was so amazing.
Glimpses of the lake and land below were lovely, as well.
We climbed above the falls, and when we circled back, we had great views looking down.
That’s Hubby on the lookout platform below.
An already near-perfect day got even better when we encountered bighorn sheep on the way back home. They’re a common sighting along Westside Road, but I’d never had the opportunity to cross paths with them before.
We also saw some deer. I was in wildlife-sighting heaven.
For our last Sunday Funday outing in April, we took a quiet stroll through Dilworth Mountain Park. In the spring, the park boasts stunning fields of blooming Arrow Leaf Balsam Root, which happens to be Kelowna’s official flower.
Situated above the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, Dilworth Mountain Park offers panorama views of the golf course and city.
Back in April, when we explored the Oyama Isthmus, we decided to return to bike the length of the Pelmewash Parkway, an eight kilometre stretch of road that used to be part of Highway 97.
The road is relatively flat and runs along Woods Lake.
We thought it’d be a relaxing, safe place to bike (I’m not an experienced cyclist), but we didn’t realize vehicle traffic would be so heavy. With narrow shoulders (non-existent in places) and drivers ignoring the 50 K speed limit, the short ride got my heart rate up in more ways than one. Still, it was a beautiful start to May, and we were happy to be out enjoying it for Hubby’s birthday.
I actually had children to spend Mother’s Day with this year. We took one of my favourite strolls to Paul’s Tomb on Knox Mountain.
Roxy reluctantly posed for a photo once we got there.
My handsome brown-eyed boy and beautiful daughter-in-law (and Daisy!) were much more cooperative.
We capped the stroll off with a stop at Rotary Marsh to check out the Osprey nest. The babies weren’t visible, but the adult ospreys put on an aerial show before landing on their nest.