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Day 3 of 17

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Sunday, July 19th
Lavendar farm, beach

We got up in the morning and smelled the smoke in the air, even miles away from the fire.

Hummingbird at our B&B

In the morning, we visited the Okanagan Lavendar farm. We tried to visit the winery at Kelowna Land & Orchard, but it was apparently closed due to the fire. The fire wasn't close, really, and the air quality seemed reasonable, so I can only guess that some of the workers lived near the fire. There were still goats and chickens here, and the kids enjoyed feeding apples to the goats.

Lavendar farm

Growing plants at the lavendar farm

Flowers outside the lavendar farm

Goat at Kelowna Land & Orchard

We found a restaurant near the beach, then spent the afternoon at City Park in Kelowna. There's a playground and beach here. It was crowded, even with the fires continuing in the hills on the other side of the lake. We could see cars going across the bridge, but the highway was still closed shortly after that. Still the only way to get from Kelowna to Peachland was to take the long circuitous route. Not many homes were lost to the fire, but thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes.

With a little time to kill, we decided to stop by a grocery store and buy all the non-perishable grocery items we'd need for our 11 days of camping. We figured we'd pick up the perishable items on our first day of camping.

After our shopping spree, we went in search of a restaurant for dinner. As we entered the restaurant, we could see smoke billowing up into the sky to the northwest. This was actually a different fire than the one that had closed the highway, this one called the Terrace Mountain fire.

Smoke from the Terrace Mountain fire spreading over Kelowna sky

After dinner, we drove back toward our B&B. We stopped at the intersection of Hart Road and McCulloch Road in Kelowna, where several other cars were stopped, waiting for the sunset. From here there's a wonderful view of the golf course below and Okanagan Lake beyond.

Golf course and Okanagan Lake

Golf course and smoke from Terrace Mountain fire

Golf course and Okanagan Lake

Golf course and smoke and Okanagan Lake. Smoke from the fire that closed Highway 97 is visible in the background

We didn't stay for sunset, opting to head up to our B&B, where we caught the last bits of the sunset.

Smoke from the Terrace Mountain fire at sunset

Smoke from the Terrace Mountain fire at sunset

Smoke from the Terrace Mountain fire at sunset


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