Saturday, August 28, 2010

With the Bournes in Osoyoos and Oliver

On Thursday afternoon we arrived in Osoyoos, BC. By a strange geographic anomoly Osoyoos' topography is that of the Sonora desert - the same desert that we just left behind in Arizona. It's actually considered part of the Sonora Desert. The ground is the same dry dusty scrub covered stuff with the exception that Osoyoos doesn't have the large cacti and desert animals. It does have rattle snakes and prickly pear cactus. There's a large interpretive center in Osoyoos explaining about the northern desert and its fragility. This is Canada's hot spot and only desert. Very interesting.

Osoyoos and Lake Osoyoos from one of the mountains surrounding the valley.
The mountains across the lake are planted halfway up in vineyards.

Mary and Greg live just outside Osoyoos in the town of Oliver. Oliver is famous as the wine capital of Canada. It is home to many orchards, vineyards and wineries. The whole area is a huge tourist resort.

The view from the patio of our B&B room. On the other side of that row of shrubs is a huge cliff at the bottom of which is the vineyard of our hosts. Lake Osoyoos in the background and more vineyards.

Lloyd and I and the Grandbabies, 2-year old Baron and 6-year old Layla

Mary, Greg and the kids

We had a lovely visit with Mary and Greg and our sweet grandkids, Layla and Baron. On Friday we all went golfing at the Sonora Dunes Golf Course which Mary and Greg manage.

Mary, checking for our tee-time.

The kids and I rode the golf carts while Lloyd, Mary and Greg golfed. Layla had her own set of clubs so she would get down from the cart every once in awhile and hit a ball or two. And Baron tried it too.

Both kids in the golf cart - neither one of them actually drove it.

Baron would rather play basketball.

A beautiful site for the golf course.

A fountain on one of the holes.

Layla, Mary and Lloyd with the Nk'Mip Resort in the background.

The rest of the day was spent at Mary and Greg's home where we had a birthday barbeque for Greg's 31st birthday and we watched the kids play while we visited. All in all, a great day.

Helping Daddy with his birthday cards. This one plays music!

Baron loves Chester, poor longsuffering Chester. What a good sport he is.


Jane said...

This looks like so much fun!


Lucy said...

Bet you were glad to see those grandbabies. Don't you just love them???

Anonymous said...

So happy you made the very out of your way stop to our place. It was great to see you two! - Mary

JQ said...

You mean, "Baron would rather play basketball with his cousin Jammers." Miss those guys!

Chatty Crone said...

Looks like you had a FABULOUS time. Look at her swing at age 6 and him riding the dog. Precious.