I had great plans for the Okanagan. I would visit a friend, and then find a spot beside the lake to hang out for a few days. I could feast on Okanagan fruit and check out some more wineries. I was headed towards home but I wanted to hike and swim and soak up nature. I wanted to rent a tube and float down the Shuswap River. However, Wanda had other plans.
My first indication of a possible problem happened Sunday morning as I was driving between Barrière and Salmon Arm. My check engine light turned on. Bad words were said. I phoned my mechanic in Vancouver while waiting to fuel up to leave a message hoping for some reassurance and advice. (They never called back)
Back in November, the same issue had happened. It took several days and a chunk of money but a front sensor was replaced and I was warned that the back one would likely fail within 6 months. I hadn't thought of it since. When I turned her on after fuelling up, the light went out. "Halleluia, it was probably a loose gas cap". As I describe in last week's post, I happily moved around Shuswap Lake staying at 4 different Harvest Hosts. By the end of the week, I had arrived in Enderby, a town in the North Okanagan region located south of Salmon Arm following Highway 97A. I knew very little about Enderby except it was home to a friend I wanted to visit.
Following advice, I decided to stay at Quilakwa RV & Campground, operated by the Splatsin First Nation. There are 30A and 50A sites, picnic tables, toilets, showers, laundry, and a campstore with firewood, ice, snacks, drinks, and tube rentals.
They even have a yurt! It was occupied while I was there and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a look inside.
The Splatsin are part of the Shuswap Nation, the largest Salish First Nation in Canada. The campsite included a sign explaining the history of the Splatsin in the area and offered a weekly smudging ceremony.
Unfortunately, I wasn't at the site at the right time for the weekly smudging ceremony, however, I was gifted with a sage bundle to put under my pillow.
As the summer weather finally kicked in, this little Arctic Air has become much appreciated. I keep the filter in the freezer while driving and use the cold water from the fridge to fill it.
voila! Cheap A/C! It only lowers the temperature a couple of degrees but even a couple of degrees can be a big improvement. Because it uses water to cool down, I do need to make sure that I have the doors and vents open but it still provides a bit of relief. It wouldn't be a great idea in hotter climates because doors and windows would have to be closed to feel any relief and that would introduce too much moisture.
Me, wine, computer, and insect repellant Thermacell! It really works! I have to admit that I was skeptical and thought it cost more than I really wanted to pay. I have been a mosquito buffet when hiking even with a strong DEET repellant but I have not got a single bite while in the Thermacell zone.
The stunning Enderby cliffs dominate the horizon as the last rays of the sun hit them.
The following day I wandered around the town. The town of Enderby is small with a population of fewer than 3,000. The Splatsin used the Shuswap River as their highway and the town is located right at the river's bend. It's a picturesque little town with many small artisan displays and shops.
I would love to own this chair or be talented enough to create such a lovely piece. This one was painted by local artist, Liz MacArthur .
The courtyard outside the library is pretty and shaded. It's a great place to sit, read, and people watch.
I hadn't been in Enderby more than 30 minutes and I had 3 recommendations for The Small Axe. I stopped for a delicious lunch of baked potato soup and garlic bread.
Along the river's edge I followed a path behind the Small Axe along the river. I enjoyed reading the historical markers along the way.
On the other side of the bridge, visitors can park in the Information Center Parking lot and walk along a planted path. There were many benches to sit and watch the river flow by.