The weather couldn’t make up its mind whether to be stormy or sunny while Okanagan Lake churned, awaiting its decision.
Penticton on a winter’s night.
Penticton creek empties into Lake Okanagan near a very popular walking trail.
I especially enjoyed morning walks there with our friend’s dog whom we looked after over the winter break.
It was great to stroll again along the lake, particularly with a dog who enjoyed every second!
Pink-shaded light shines on the lake coast.
A snowy morning on the lake.
Pink streaks begin to colour the sky at 8:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
For the moment I’m enjoying the longer southern days as in NWT, sunrise is only occurring two hours later at 10:00.
A night view over Lake Okanagan.
I hope you enjoy your first day of the new year.
There is some ice along the edges of Skaha Lake. In the shallow parts right next to the beach, the water is frozen all the way to the bottom, but about 10 metres (approximately 30 ft) further out, it’s a different story as I could see the ice undulating with the water’s movement.
The city has put up a sign reminding people that the ice is unsafe, but humans being humans, further down the beach I saw three people at least five metres away from the shore, walking on the unstable ice. Had they fallen in, they were too far away for quick help – someone else would have had to creep or crawl on the weak ice to get to them – and would likely have rapidly developed hypothermia.
Sometimes, safety isn’t only about yourself; it’s about others, too.
We took our friend’s dog for a walk along Skaha Lake.
Poochie loved the scents; the humans were rewarded with a beautiful sky.
The superstorm that swept across much of North America has departed the Okanagan Valley and there’s lots of melting left behind it.
After days of overcast, snow, high winds, chill factors and freezing temperatures, it has been nice to see a bit of sun and calm, warmer weather. It was raining today but well above freezing, so I’ll take that any time. You never have to shovel rain out your driveway!