Saturday, October 11, 2008

Outhouse Capital

Also known as Oliver, British Columbia. I was there for the last few days to visit my Mum and Mr Outhouse Capital himself, My Dad.
Here are a few pictures from my time there.
Oliver is naturally a desert. But with the magic of irrigation, the ground there grows some of the best wine in the world. The following footage was shot from the Eastern edge of the Burrowing Owl Winery. It is so incredibly quiet and peacefull in this place, all you can hear is the sound of the wind blowing in the pines and over the rock face. This winery has a huge bed and breakfast inn on the grounds. It is very posh. Thank goodness I have family who live close by so that I can enjoy the beautiful surroundings for free!
Grape vines strech out as far as the eye can see.
At the edge of the vinyard, just out of reach of the sprinklers, the soil is dry and sandy.
Autumn is definately in the air as the nights are now quite chilly and we are seeing quite a bit of colour on the trees and vines.
The drive through the mountains along route 5 was breathtaking. This river runs along the road through the town of Princeton. It is a popular swimming place in the summer, but it wont be long before it ices over.
In some places the hills almost appeared to be on fire due to the stunning fall colours.
The reason for my visit was to spend time with Mum who had an operation. She is home and recovering well, but isnt allowed to lift anything or to exert herself for the next six weeks. While she was resting dad and I took a short drive out to a nearby winery about five minutes from their home.What a fabulously, wonderful place.
My dad has started using a GPS to play this treasure hunt type game called Geocache. Using a GPS you track down the coordinates that you get offline for the area you are in and see if you can find the box. It contains a pad and pencil to sign the log book. Sometimes it has little trinkets in it which you can sign out, and if you wish you may sign in a trinket for somone else to find.
In this photo, he opens a Geocache which he located beneath the local bridge.He was having fun doing this untill Mum found out. She was happy he was enjoying his new toy, but since it was supposed to be his Christmas gift, it has now been confiscated untill Dec 25th.
Have a good Sunday. I will be spending the day preparing for Canadian Thanksgiving. We are having some family over to join us for a yummy dinner on Monday. I will try to post soon. Take care and God Bless.


canuckabilly said...

Waiter...more wine please. What beautiful scenery. Ok now I'm going to have to get into this GPS thing. Haven't used mine in awhile. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving over there with family and friends.

Vickie said...

Beautiful scenery leads to beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
After a year hiatus, I have returned to blogging. Stop for a visit if you have a chance.

Bobbie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Great photos and video. Thanks for sharing. I hope your mom has a speedy recovery.

Fred said...

The pictures are gorgeous. We have trees that lose their leaves, but there's no change in color.

I can remember driving from Albany, NY to Boston, MA every fall on business, and the scenery was to die for. I wish I blogged back then...I would have probably taken a few pictures.

Cowboy Joe said...

Happy Thanksgiving Susan and Keith and family. I was worried, I hadn't heard from ya'll in a while. Though we did pass on the street the other day.

Deanna said...

Trust your Dad to find out this gig!!

That sister of mine spent a weekend at the burrowing owl. She did bring home a nice bottle of wine for me! We can never manage to get away.... that might have something to do with the fact that I still work weekends. I am working on fixing that... but it is a slow process.

I hope your mom is back at it very soon...

Enjoy your dinner together. We were de-invited this year... my mom wasn't feeling great, and she didn't want to do a family do... so we are going to Janets tomorrow... where she will bake pies and her biscuits... so you know.... it is just so different! Oh... and dont laugh she baked a pumpkin pie for me to pick up today... for our dinner tonight!

Dina said...

Beautiful scenery, fantastic shots, thanks so much for sharing these lovely view with us.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

We had a great time, didnt we. But with us being cheap or cheapish, we didnt buy any of that wine, just lots of (free) pictures.
for geocahing goto

Penny Halston said...

Another place to add to my list of want-to-visit. Gorgeous photos. How close is Oliver to Vancouver? Geocaching is really catching on. The grade 3's at my school did it. Your dad's smile is priceless.

Walker said...

Beautiful scenery.
I like the idea opf reclaiming the desert to grow something we can use instead of looking at dead earth.

LOL at you father loosing the GPS but a Christmas present is a Christmas present.

steelcowboy said...

I am always in awe of your skill with a camera

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Hi Susan.
I thank you so much for coming by my blog and I'm glad you had a nice time in Oliver. Seeing the pictures make me somewhat homesick. I am sure your Dad told you the Okanagan is my where I grew up ... I think a trip out there is due for me when I am feeling better which is hopefully soon when I can get the meds to control my seizures properly.

I sure hope your mom recovers quickly and is able to get back on her feet soon... it's no fun being left behind recuperating.

Your photos are beautiful and I loved the video!

Take care, Susan!
Mountain Retreat-Canada

lexie said...

Yup thats what I never eat again! lol