Black Swift Winery of West Kelowna British Columbia

Shauna smiled at the host then hopped into a tirade of where we started our morning down in Penticton, how we got lost looking for breakfast but had a great time wandering around near the shore line then found a nice host down at Beaumont Family Estate Winery whom recommended we come up here to…

A Variety of Grapes in West Kelowna, British Columbia

She handed over the receipt and before departing from Beaumont Estate Winery Sandy says to us, “I think you two would really like Black Swift Winery, it’s just up over the hill past Grizzli Winery. You should check it out if you have time.” We nodded our bobble heads, thanked her for the tasting, the…

Playing Winery Roulette in West Kelowna, British Columbia

The Okanagan Valley has always held a special place in our hearts as we’ve been coming down to southern BC since we moved to Calgary back in 2007. Its a shortish drive from Alberta to British Columbia and in the twenty-plus road trips to this gorgeous valley we have spent less than five percent of…

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…

Why Invest in the Entire Stock Market?

Investment journey… we all have one or at least we should all have one. Initially my investment strategy started at the age of 19 when I had inherited $5,000.00 after my grandfather had passed away. He held a life insurance policy for myself, of course this never came to fruition. But upon his passing I…

Where Does a Seven Hour Drive East Take You to in Saskatchewan?

This morning my eyes POPPED OPEN at an unknown hour until I reached out for the phone turning it over to reveal 6:49am. Too soon for this vacation head to move from the comfortable bed. Rolling over face back into pillow I feel asleep for another forty-five minutes. Around seven-thirty, I rolled out of the…

Living the Dream is Not Having Financial Freedom

Here in North America there is this lingering theme of “living the dream” and “having financial freedom” but what’s interesting about these ideas is most people are not taught how-to be successful at these things when they are young. The people whom we are taught and mentored by never seem to talk about business, financials…

What Did You Love About Cuba? A Dolphin Named Nina!

We met Nina on a trip to Cuba back in 2017. We stood in line like the rest of the tourists to hang out inside a giant concrete pool in the middle of the ocean. It was both super random and pretty fun. At first we felt kind of bad for these dolphins locked up….