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Nov 8, 2013 - Road trip

Hi all you faithful watchers. It's been a while but not much happening. The snow has started. We took a trip up to Big White and it was!! That's where we have our condo booked for Xmas week. It was magical and we can't wait. There was snow everywhere but a lovely clear day. We are having a few days on the road with David. They are hoping to catch a salmon. The trip so far has been scenic and snow filled. Lakes just starting to freeze over and White tipped fir trees. Anyone would think we were in Canada. It is dark by about 4-30 so long...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Idabel Lake to Myra Canyon

Sept 17 Today's trip was one of the highlights of our trip as we got to see the beautiful Myra Canyon that overlooks the city of Kelowna. In this canyon, the Kettle Valley Railway skirts the edge of the canyon by buiding a series of bridges or trestles. This is quite an amazing feat considered this part of the railway was built in 1915! The area suffered a forest fire in 2003 , and you will see the effects in our pictures. Many of the trestles were destroyed in the fire but have since been replaced. One tressel was still being repaired due...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Rhone to Idabel Lake

Sept 16 This B&B was exceptional in that they provided supper, breakfast and a lunch to take with us. All the food was made by our German Hostess, Frauke, a gracious cook. We got an early start as this was going to be a long day - 80km to our next stop at Idabel Lake. It rained overnight and was cloudy when we started but the sky cleared and it warmed up nicely by lunchtime. One of the highlights of today was cycling through Taurus Canyon. The Idabel Resort was a very welcome site at the end of the day - a beautiful spot with our suite...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Rock Creek to Rhone

Sept 15 Today we started biking north from Rock Creek on the Kettle Valley Rail-trail. This is a railway that was used back in the late 1800's up to about 1975. The tracks have since been removed and the remaining bed converted into a biking, hiking, skiing trail. It travels through farmers fields, forests and along rivers and lakes. It also offers a wide variety of challenges, including fallen trees, washouts, rockslides, cattle guards, horse riders, the occasional wildlife, and lots and lots of gates. We left Rock Creek and traveled to...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Winlaw to Nelson

Sept 14 This is the last day of our Stage 1 journey on the loop we are travelling in the west Kootenays.  After a breakfast feast served by Jane, we got an early start today back on the Slocan Valley Rail trail. The rail line was built in the late 1800's to transport ore from mines in the area. There were quite a few historical artefacts and information stops along the route. The trail followed the Slocan River and was ever so quiet and peaceful this sunny, Saturday morning. The trail made for easy riding - flat and gently downhill the...

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Sep 13, 2013 - New Denver to Winlaw

Sept 13 Peter realized yesterday that his back rim was severely broken and needed to be replaced. So the morning was spent trying to find a bicycle repairman. Not an easy feat in a tiny isolated town! We lucked out and found one staying at the same B&B as us. Reiner, from Germany, spends his summers in New Denver leading bike tours. He just happened to have the right sized rim for Peters bike and the proper tools to replace it. What are the chances?!!! We got a late start and set off down the highway around lunchtime. Another glorious...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Idaho Peak

Sept 12 Today we decided to spend an extra day in New Denver. Peter wanted to climb a mountain in the area, Idaho Peak, with a stop off in Sandon, an old mining town, now near ghost town/repository for old City of Vancouver transit busses (don't ask, 'cause I don't know) Celeste opted out of this exciting adventure and decided to spend the day poking around New Denver, reading, and getting some much needed laundry done. Idahoe Peak is accessed via a 12km forestry access road, followed by a 1.2 km hike to the summit. The road is advertised...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Kaslo - New Denver

Today we left the idyllic setting of Wing Creek, to bike 52km to New Denver. We will leave the edge of Kootenay Lake and take the highway West that travels along Kaslo creek for most of the journey. Until we cross over the Selkirk Mountains and then it's straight downhill to New Denver on Slocan Lake. The weather was perfect again! New Denver is another little hamlet in the mountains, a little quirky and artsy, with friendly residents. Tomorrow Peter will head to the top of local Idaho Peak, while Celeste will take it easy doing laundry...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Ainsworth - Kaslo - Wing Creek

After a day lounging in the hot springs, we headed north for a night at Wing Creek with a stop in Kaslo for refreshments. Our trip so far has been following the road that runs along Kootenay Lake. The lake runs north-south and is nestled between the Selkirk mountains to the West and the Purcell Mountains to the East. Today, we biked 20km to Kaslo with a stop at Fletcher Falls for a picnic breakfast. Quite a steep hike down to the falls, especially with our bikes and gear! But we'll worth the effort as you can see in the pictures. We...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Relaxing at Ainsworth

These are beautiful hot springs that were first discovered by silver prospectors in the 1800's. What makes this place unique is that these early explorers found the hot pools on the side of a mountain and proceeded to dig caves into the mountainside to maximize the hot pools. These caves follow the springs flow. Visitors can walk into these mysterious caves and enjoy a hot soak. Very therapeutic and relaxing. We spent a lazy day in and out of the hot springs, and around the hotel feasting our eyes on the amazing scenery.

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Sep 8, 2013 - Nelson to Ainsworth Hot Springs

First big day of our biking trip. Biked 50 km along Kootenay Lake to Ainsworth Hot Springs. Stopped at Kokanee Provincial Park to use the facilities and the park ranger invited us to view the spawning pools. Such an amazing site! 1000's of Kokanee Salmon hovering in pools in the river where they have laid their eggs. it seemed to me they hovering/swimming in pairs - male and female? Truly an awesome spectacle of nature. The scenery along the route was spectacular with a beautiful lake on one side and majestic mountains on the other. A...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Flashback

After nearly two full days of steady rain, there was a break in the weather and we were able to get of the house. We drove about 25 miles to a small town called Nelson. The tourist brochure describes it as the “Queen City” and further says that the town will “awaken your sense of nostalgia.” This time, the brochure didn’t lie. We felt like we stepped back into the 70s and I couldn’t help thinking of the 70s play called “Hair” and humming the tune from the song “Aquarius.” Picture a laid-back group of men and women wearing dreadlocks, women...

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