|Leaving the Okanagan Valley for Merritt, BC|
|Very high mountain country offering interesting clouds|
|Arriving at the Quilchena Inn|
Click on the link above to read all about this famous Inn. Jeanette was impressed, to say the least, and we quickly settled in for the evening. There is a very nice restaurant on site as well as a bullet riddled authentic bar that stays open till midnight, on weekends.
The huge Douglas Lake Ranch - with numerous cowboys who manage 20,000 head of cattle - now own the Quilchena Inn. The Inn was taken over this past January. Prior to the purchase, the Inn was owned by another smaller ranch family that herded 4,000 head of cattle and also ran the Inn, a 9 hole golf course and a small RV park.
|We had a prime rib dinner in the cozy restaurant.|
|Beautifully rustic with authentic furniture from the late 1800's|
Coming from the west coast, we are not accustomed to batting mosquitoes. That is one tremendous benefit to living on the coast. One can enjoy the outdoors without constantly swatting bugs and mosquitoes.
|Lovely staircase leading up to the guest rooms|
|Our room - check out the beautiful head board.|
|A lovely outdoor setting - directly overlooking Nicola Lake|
|Monck Provincial Park - One of the most beautiful in the Province of British Columbia|
We rode through the park. It is a standout! When told that this is likely one of BC's most beautiful Provincial Parks, Jeanette and I agreed as we rolled away from the site. We can see the attraction for Doug and Sue, and all the other campers who rave about this place.
There are several high end homes that dot this west side of Nicola Lake. We know one family that own a home here and we rolled further north - on the west side - to check out the home. Whoa! Talk about beautiful and huge homes. This area is clearly not cottage country!!!
|This park gets very busy during long weekends and during the two summer months.|
|Overlooking Nicola Lake with the stunning Sagebrush Private Golf Course on the other side.|
It may be difficult to see the golf course on the other side of the lake (photo above) but it is the site of the prestigious (and now litigious) site of the private Sagebrush Golf Resort. (If readers click on any photograph, it will appear in full screen)
Our golfing group has played four rounds on this course. We were offered that opportunity when the course designer (and former PGA Tour player) Dick Zokol invited one of our golf members to bring us along to play this private course. What a treat! To play with Dick Zokol was an added bonus too. Click on the link below for more information.
|Crossing several cattle guards along the west side of Nicola Lake.|
|Heading west towards the Fraser River and Highway 1, from Merritt, BC.|
|One of several small rivers and creeks that run along side the highway.|
|Taking a break along side the Fraser River that was raging and running extremely high.|
|Our connection point to join Highway 1|
|Not much room before the mighty Fraser River would spill its banks.|
|Train tunnels on the west side of the Fraser River|
|The Fraser Canyon boiling Fraser River waters|
We have taken some motorcycle rides with Lucky and Trena while wintering in the Palm Springs area during our winter getaways. We are planning some rides with them in this area too.
|One of the numerous tunnels along Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon.|
|The Fraser River widens extensively at the town of Hope, BC|
Well....this closes the impromptu decision to go visit our close friends in Peachland, last Saturday. Although we had planned to return home last Saturday evening, it's interesting to see how plans can change. We are glad we did choose to overnight in the Nicola Valley and plan a new ride back for home on Sunday. It turned out to be a great weekend.
Thanks for dropping by.