Okanagan Road Trip


Taking a road trip in pandemic times wasn’t an easy decision. Ultimately we left Vancouver with acute awareness of COVID-19 – face masks, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, lengthy discussion with family in Penticton regarding outdoor social distancing. We booked 4 nights in Penticton, fully prepared to turn tail if safe road trip red flags called for retreat.

Provincial regulations stipulate late check in, early check-out, no in room housekeeping during your stay. No big deal, I can make the bed, use a towel more than once, allow housekeeping extra time to deep clean between guests. Beyond our hotel, restaurants, wineries and businesses were the only ones following provincial health regulations. We chose out of the way restaurants without line-ups, every last one asked for contact information in compliance with B.C. health guidelines. Activity on local streets was a different story.

Penticton is a resort town nestled between Skaha and Okanagan Lake in B.C’s southern interior. My birthplace, home to my father and brother. Despite moving to Vancouver 43 years ago, I still consider it home. Tourists flock to the Okanagan in summer, soaking up sun, water, wine and outdoor sports. It’s said the population of 35 or so thousand doubles in summer. Local businesses rely on tourism to survive. I get it, understand why every motel/hotel is sold out, oblivious partiers pack beaches, campsites and bars.

Festival, an old post describing Penticton summer – https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/festival/

Pandemic road trips require fresh perspective, specifically reminding ones self that road trips are the purest form of travel. Reason why pandemic road trips demand more drive time, less local interaction. Such was our weekend getaway – long way up and back, daily exploration of secondary highways ringing the Okanagan Valley and idle meandering on sleepy roads.

Random images along the way –

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Highway 1 near Lytton B.C.

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Graveyard adjacent church on Hwy. 1 near Lytton B.C.

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Black Sage Road near Oliver B.C.

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View of Penticton from lookout on Munson Mtn.

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Gerry Fruit and Veg in Keremeos B.C.

Planet Of The Apes….


A fight between rival gangs of monkeys in Lopburi Province, Thailand delivered another  global pandemic reality. In the pre-COVID-19 world, throngs of monkey feeding tourists kept peace between city and temple simians separated by a railroad track. Gang warfare driven by starvation ensues when absence of tourists obliterate their primary food source. A local shopkeeper captured this brawl over a single piece of food. –

Anti-Virus Bottle Head


Escalating coronavirus hysteria captured yesterday at Vancouver International Airport.

Photo Lynne Carter / Facebook

Salad bars are fitted with plexi sneeze guards, seems obvious wary travellers might borrow food safety logic in times of viral uncertainty. Anti-viral bottle head determination didn’t end at YVR baggage carousel, this mother and daughter were spotted on Canada Line train leaving the airport –

Photo Lynne Carter / Facebook

https://www.vancourier.com/news/people-are-wearing-water-jugs-over-their-heads-against-coronavirus-photos-1.24063602

Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed one case of coronavirus in British Columbia, a businessman recently in China recovering under quarantine in the Lower Mainland.

The CDC recommends common sense precautions – frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, not touching hands to face, mouth, nose or eyes and avoiding contact with persons who appear sick. No different from annual flu season precautions. Drug store paper face masks won’t block inhalation of coronavirus, no harm in wearing one if it makes you feel better. As for anti-virus bottle heads – if the bottle fits wear it, but be advised the sight is disconcerting. We’re not sick, are you?

Dia de los Muertos Gallery 2019


From my husband at https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/ All photos captured in Mexico City, Dia de los Muertos 2019. Notes on the first image – she was sniffing glue when we approached, she turned, dropped to her knees and began licking the doors.

Hola


Hola WordPress, Notes is home from Mexico City. Seven nights passed in a heartbeat, what matters is how our hearts beat during those days. Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) electrifies, magnifies and amplifies everything we love about Mexico City.

My husband’s images from https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

Below – two photographs of far lessor clarity taken on my cell phone….