Monday, 24 November 2014

Day 24 - Monday, November 24, 2014

Stayed out of the woods today for a road hike in West Kelowna.  Now some of you may think this is a part of Kelowna, and you couldn't be faulted for that as this is the name of what we used to call the West Bank or, the other side of the lake from Kelowna. Confused yet? 

Residents of unorganized other side of the lake (West Bank) voted not to become part of Kelowna and established their own town. They gave themselves this unique name - West Kelowna. Wow

Irony: "a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result"

There was irony everywhere in my walk which started by the Friends Pub, weaving towards Thacker Road, across Boucherie to Gregory Road and Mission Hill Winery at the far end of the hike.  Total kms was easy to gauge as this was all on the roads and Google maps says I hiked 14km. Google doesn't take into account the loss and gain of altitude and there was a lot of it today.

Irony was demonstrated early with this sign on the truck which reads "RUN YOU STICK BASTARDS" with a sign just on the other side of the driveway asking for "Caution Children at Play". Makes me wonder how neighbourly this truck driver is.

The irony of this house is that there is more room for the cars/trucks than there is for people. At least it looks that way from the front.

Looking south towards Okanagan Mountain Park, one can clearly see the snow line. 

"Mission Hill presents "Encounters with Iceland,' a major sculpture exhibition featuring 42 life size works of acclaimed Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir" What is Steinunn trying to say here? 

Ironically, these vines seem to be saying the same thing.

Mission Hill courtyard without the throngs of people usually here. Did not have any wine. Really.

One of the Mission Hill's vineyards on the way towards Mount Boucherie Road. These grapes had not been picked yet.  Waiting for ice wine. 

What it looked like on the other side of the street. Mount Boucherie in the background.

Quail's Gate winery is ready for Christmas. This gives me some perspective that my 30days of walking will soon be finished. Had a little taste of the Chasselas - Pinot Blanc.Delicious at 11:30 am.

Just past Quail's, unpicked grapes.

More irony - this cacophony of farm type buildings stands in stark contrast to most of the housing in West Kelowna. 

On Sunday, I will have hiked for 30 days!
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