A West Wing Morning in Penticton, British Columbia

Between the stroll from the balcony to the water faucet and back again, I peek at the wall clock it says two oh five in the morning and I think she’s been asleep for a few hours now whilst I’ve been enjoying this lounge chair, the balcony and the rotating stars above the Cascade Mountains…

Tonight is Our Honeymoon, An Upgrade Would be Nice!

For nearly a decade whenever we found ourselves in Penticton, British Columbia or nearby we talked about staying the night at The Penticton Lakeside Resort but we always found a better deal elsewhere in a nearby accommodation at a vineyard or guest lodge. However on this particular road trip I had gone past windshield concentration…

Windshield Concentration or A Hotel, Its Your Choice!

Turning right onto highway 97 we headed north with good intentions to reach the northern side of the Okanagan Valley and possibly grab a hotel in either Kelowna (1 hr 33 mins) or Vernon (2 hrs 10 mins) or possibly as far as Sicamous (3 hrs 15 mins) which would assist us in tomorrow’s endeavour…

Kicking it with the GP’s in Osoyoos, BC

She depressed her index finger against the door bell and it chimed inwardly into the light brown stucco home where the GP’s were enjoying their mid-afternoon conversations. Moments later the door swung inward with her Grandfather standing on the opposite side just beyond the entrance mat enticing you to take off your shoes and stay…

One Hundred Twenty Five Kilometres to Osoyoos, BC

Before jumping back into the Tacoma for the hour and a half drive West towards the southernmost town of the Okanagan Valley known as Osoyoos, we opted to stretch our legs and do a bit of boutique shopping in town. “Where do you want to go?” she asked as I pulled her down the sidewalk…

Avant-garde at The Wooden Spoon Bistro in Grand Forks, BC

Weaving our way through the hospital we reached the front doors which lead us out into the parking lot and our nearby Tacoma. Her face swelled for the first time in twenty-four hours and tears began dripping off her chin. The uncontrollable tears were finally running rampant as she realized this might be the last…

Love and Honour in Grand Forks, British Columbia

“Twenty-six more kilometres and we are in Grand Forks,” I said as she starred blankly out the window watching the pine trees pass by in a blur. “Are we headed directly to their house?” Came my second first of three questions. The others being, would you like to stop for a coffee or ice cream…

Tire Repair, Recalls and Breakfast in Castlegar, British Columbia

Rising before our alarm clocks we sprung out of bed to use the restroom before Shauna’s eyes rolled open to start our next morning adventure. Today we were headed two and a half blocks to the Castlegar Toyota Dealership to have the nail which randomly appeared in Cranbrook in the rear passenger tire be repaired….

Walking Castlegar for Indian Cuisine

While checking into the hotel for the evening we were chatting up the desk clerk about good restaurants within waking distance of the hotel. “The Buddha Bistro is a delicious place, can’t go wrong there ” she says as I picked up a printed menu on the counter top. “I recall it being pretty good…

Mountain Passes and Small Town Experiences

With Cranbrook in the rearview mirror the rain began to drizzle down on the hood of the Tacoma and we flipped on the windshield wipers and the fog lights, too. As the rain continued down highway 95 towards Yahk, we began discussing the last road trip through this same part of the countryside. “When was…

The Southern Route into Beautiful British Columbia

Departing from the Bomber Museum we skirted out of town without stopping for ice cream or antique shopping, next time through I thought. “Where do we connect to highway 3? Is it at Ft McLeod?” I say driving 50 kmph thru town. She grabs her phone and starts punching in information to see what the…

Three Hours Down on a Twelve Hour Road Trip

Starting in Edmonton, Alberta at 7:09am and arriving in Castlegar, British Columbia 12 hours, eight minutes and 1 time zone later. Knock around the corner to onboard a little under a half tank of gas at $1.79 per litre or $97.56 which is unbelievable for 54.50 litres of fuel. Popping around the corner onto the…

Intermission Between Rounds at The Vic Park Classic Tournament

Whilst Brendan and Bryce were off using the restroom, Curtis and I wandered over to the first tee pad when I made a comment about some brightly coloured clothes sitting on a park bench. He replied with “Oh yeah, they are,” followed by a small giggle. Upon reaching the tee pad, Curtis set down his…

Lunch and Nine Holes of The Vic Park Classic Tournament

Twenty-two minutes after Round 1 concluded I pulled into the parking lot of a nearby Mexican restaurant called Mucho Burrito to buy a taco salad for lunch. Reading through the menu I changed my mind and went with a regular sized burrito stuffed with black beans and every vegetable they had on the menu plus…

Preparations for a PDGA Tournament; The Vic Park Classic

At the beginning of April, I registered for my first Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) tournament called The Victoria Classic in Red Deer, Alberta Canada. For benefits to yourself as a member-player and for the PDGA community you can sign up for a membership on their website. This annual membership costs $50 USD per calendar…

What is in Southern Saskatchewan?

Slowing down after his trip over to the coffee station my colleague says, “hey Aaron how was your holiday?” Usually around this time of year we complete our annual pilgrimage down to southern British Columbia to hit a couple of hot springs, see some extended family and bring back a few cases of cider and…

An Afternoon at Sun Tree Spa; Was it Worth the Price?

You have all seen the commercials of people sitting by a zero gravity swimming pool lying just a few steps from a gorgeous beach with palm trees in the foreground. Then the camera pans over to a beautiful couple getting a massage beneath a gazebo their minds a million miles away from reality. Of course…

Sun Tree Spa, Round 3: The Swedish Massage

Waking up from a short nap, I looked up at my wife with a kinked neck “what time is it?” She looked down at from her book and responded, “a few minutes until a quarter til the hour, why?” SHIT!! Were Late!! … went through my mind as my cellphone started vibrating and dancing across…

SURPRISE it’s YOUR Birthday!

Every one of us until the end of time will have an annual day where we get to “celebrate” the day we were born. There are literally hundreds of thousands of ways to spend your time on this special day. Some people choose to take the day off work, others wait to have quality time…

Sun Tree Spa, Round 2: The Facial

“Are you ready Aaron?” Emma asked as I re-entered the spa waiting room. “Sort of,” I replied in a sarcastic I don’t know what’s coming next tone. She picked up on my hesitation then says, “there’s nothing to worry about. Do you know your skin type?” I shake my head no. “No worries, I will…

Sun Tree Spa, Round 1: The Pedicure

“Hello I’m Andrea and she’s Emma, we will be taking care of you this afternoon,” she said followed by, “Shauna you’ll be with me and Aaron with Emma.” They both smiled then picked up our clipboards and forms to read our health history prior to the treatments beginning. Whilst walking down the hallway Emma asked…

Walking Down Moose Jaw’s Main Street

After double duty in the underground tours we parted ways with a bottle of Smoking Gun hot sauce made with ghost peppers, garlic, vinegar and spices. Also we picked up a postcard depicting the Dominion Lands Office in 1908 which today is where the Tunnels of Moose Jaw operates out of. Between the two tours…