We are getting closer to our year long Adventure. Lots of preparation and planning is taking up much of our time. We plan to leave in late April. Our first stop is Birch Bay, Washington, which is right at the Canadian border. We will spend a few days visiting Vancouver BC before heading to Kelowna, in central BC. Kelowna is where I was born and many of my extended family still resides. Kelowna is a very popular tourist area, with lots of summer warm weather activities. There are wineries, orchards, golf courses, and summer activities on the Okanagan Lake. Be on the watch for the lakes infamous "Ogopogo" a reported serpent that even the First Nation people reported seeing before the settlers arrived in the area.
One of my favorite stories is from a book, "The Casorso Story-A century of social history in the Okanagan Valley". Giovanni Casorso sent for his wife and three young children (aged 5, 4, & 3) in 1884 from Italy. They took a windjammer from Italy to San Francisco, it took six weeks. She and her family were dropped off at the docks, she spoke no English. At some point a deckhand noticed a large crate destined for Okanagan Mission in central BC. In the crate was a church bell that was sent from France. She never took her eyes off the bell as it travelled first by boat to New Westminster BC. She then followed the bell by wagon train, which took several weeks. When they arrived Giovanni saw his youngest child for the first time as he had left previous to his sons birth (3 years).