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Skaha Lake

Penticton sits between two lakes, Lake Okanagan at the north end and the smaller, shallower Skaha at the south end.

In the Okanagan language, “skaha” means horse, but whatever its name, it’s a gorgeous lake. It warms up quickly in the spring, and retains its temperature until late in the autumn, which allows for continued swimming, boating, paddle boarding, and kite surfing.

In ancient times, the land that Penticton sits on didn’t exist, and Skaha Lake and the larger Okanagan Lake were just a single lake. However, there was a massive, seven kilometre (4.5 miles) wide landslide, and presto! The site of the future Penticton was born and eventually became settled by the Okanagan people.

Penticton is one of only two cities in the world located between two lakes (the other is the Swiss city of Interlaken which is also very beautiful).

Happy Thursday.

Scotland in miniature? #travel #Scotland sort-of #WordlessWednesday

How to do Scotland in a day. (Hint: start with a trip to the Isle of Aran!) Surprise a sunrise over Whiting Bay. Share coffee and spectacular scones …

Scotland in miniature? #travel #Scotland sort-of #WordlessWednesday

Please stop by Barb’s blog to take her miniature tour of Scotland and also to enjoy her humour!

An Early Walk

We have some very hot temperatures right now, so it’s important to go walking in the cooler morning hours. Penticton has many trails and paths from which to choose and with varying degrees of difficulty. Even in the morning, it was already quite warm and so we decided to take our time.

A view from a trail above Penticton

At one point, we were accosted by a gaggle of ducks and pigeons who were expecting handouts. This group is seriously used to interacting with humans.

This is a stick-up!

It might be 40C (104F), but really, I prefer the heat over -40C (-40F). I have one more subarctic winter to go before returning permanently to Penticton where my time will be mostly my own!