Okanagan Valley Country in the Fall

September 25, 2010

Some place right near Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley, Helen and I found this great place.  I think it was called Cider Works.  The hot cider was delicious and we had more than one still warm doughnut, then we took a tour around the orchards.  As you can see, TaZzi got to go.  

Helen enjoying her cider and doughnut a little

Raven Ridge Cidery is a market leader in Iced Ciders. Raven Ridge Cidery is dedicated to sustainable production, using only locally grown fruit. Our Iced Ciders represent the best of the Okanagan.  I could only afford one bottle and I will take it to Baja with me and share with Althea....I bought a white and that's what she likes.alley

Hardy Falls Regional Park is a hiking and sightseeing destination located on the south end of Peachland, BC, Canada in the Okanagan Valley. The waterfall park includes a salmon spawning river named Deep Creek and a well maintained hiking trail leading to the falls.
The walkway is approximately 1 kilometre long. The pathway is made of gravel and boardwalk and crosses over the creek many times on the way to the falls. The walking path to the falls is wheelchair accessible.
There are a few wooden boardwalk foot bridges crossing Deep Creek on the trail. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete the hike from the parking lot to the falls.

After we finished the scenic hike (it was easy and we saw no bears) we discovered this Parrot Island Sanctuary.
Parrot Island is a unique sanctuary for exotic birds run by Ray Parkes and his wife Valerie. They have devoted their lives to the preservation of these beautiful animals for the benefit of all.
Ray and Valerie also run a program whereby birds are matched up with individuals in the Okanagan Valley that could benefit from the love and companionship of one of these amazing birds. Both end up benefitting from the mutual love and affection they both share.

Because my computer crashed on this leg of our trip, some of my photos are out of order and when I went back to recreate...the ole memory just wasn't there.  I can just say the entire area is so beautiful and we had an incredible time.  Pretty soon heading back to Santa Cruz by way of Bend, Oregon to visit old friends.