big weekend! thanksgiving involved eating pumpkin pie and dahl, dress-ups, fabulous mountains, watching the salmon swimming upstream to spawn, scrabble and card games, swimming in a public pool (very exciting, as vancouver's pools have been closed for three months now) and a minor car accident (i'm unhurt). it was all very good fun, except the car accident bit.
miriam, her sister and i drove to the okanagan, which is about four hours east of vancouver. there were stunning, stunning mountains:
and we went above the snow line (and celebrated appropriately):
this is okanagan lake, which is huge and stunning. the far bank was wiped out by bushfire last year (i think), which is why it looks so bare:
it's actually quite a dry area, and gets very hot in summer. we went for a walk and found prickly pear cacti. we also went on a walk to see the salmon swimming upstream (pretty stinky from the dead fish, but cool, cos they have funny hooked noses) and a walk to show off our dress ups:
very entertaining! there was much good food and hilarious games of "demon" and "up and down the river", which is a kickarse game that involves sticking cards to your forehead.
on the drive back we stopped and went for a walk to a beautiful lake just below the snow line, called falls lake. it was incredibly cold, but miriam's sister went for a dip. she steamed gently afterwards. . .
that is snow up the top:
you just let me know when you're sick of photos of mountains. . .
such a beautiful lake.
and on the way back:
unfortunately on the way back we got involved in a five car rear-ending on the freeway. nobody was hurt and only one car was too damaged to drive, so it wasn't too bad, and within about five minutes of phoning 911 there were two fire engines, an ambulance and two cop cars on the scene. it was scary, but i'm fine. miriam and her sister have slight whiplash. drive responsibly, people! this accident was due to massive amounts of holiday traffic and, probably, the car that drove away from the accident at high speed. i got all of its license plate except for one letter, which is pretty useless, i think. bah.
now i'm back in vancouver and it's raining a lot. surprise, surprise. i love this city, but damn, it's wet!