Larry & Maureen's Travel Adventures travel blog

Sunset at Swan Lake

A good apple crop this year. We also noticed there seems to...

Accommodations at Silver Star

Ski lifts Silver Star

Ski runs and construction

The view from the construction

More lifts

The view coming down from Silver Star - Kalamalka on the left,...

Tri-lakes, l to r, Kalamalka, Okanagan and Swan

Looking down on Swan Lake

Burrowing Owl Winery, Oliver - hotel, winery, restaurant

Burrowing Owl - pool for hotel guests and vineyard

Merlot grapes almost ready to harvest

Road widening near Summerland


An early morning visitor!

Maureen, Joyce and Mavis on the Spallumcheen Golf Course

Ken taking a shot

Maureen, Joyce, Stan, Mavis, Ken - refreshments after the game

Our car is affectionately known as "the basement" - and it's often...

Going up the Coquihalla

Fall colours on the Coquihalla

Fall colours

New store at Grandview Corners, South Surrey

Grandview Corners, South Surrey

A fall and winter bouquet - Whistler

Frozen creek on Friday morning

Fitzsimmons Creek

A perfect place to read

...or just relax

Grating the cheese for the cheese sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. What's the...

Homemade flapper pie and bought blueberry pie and apples from our tree!

Where did the mountains go?

Production line of chicken casseroles - post-Thanksgiving.

Search and Rescue helicopter - landed at the hospital.

Sunset over South Surrey


Yes, it's been awhile! We came back to Swan Lake from New York and spent the remainder of September there. We had a number of lazy days that saw the only real activity as Maureen's daily walk! Some days we went on drives, still exploring the area.

One such drive was up to Silver Star Ski Area. Much different again from both Whistler and Sun Peaks. It's not really a summer destination although very beautiful. The architecture is quite different and very bright. There was quite a bit of construction going on here too. The drive down had some spectacular views, including one where you could see Kalamalka Lake, Lake Okanagan and Swan Lake all at once.

On another day we drove to Oliver with the intention of picking up some wine. We went to Osoyoos for lunch and worked our way back. We stopped at Burrowing Owl Winery. They have wonderful Merlot wine that is not available in liquor stores and they usually sell out every year. We bought a case of 2005. While we were there we phoned Nick from the Pearl in White Rock to see if he wanted any and we picked him up three cased. The car was definitely full now! We stopped at Jackson Triggs in Oliver for some other wine. Maureen likes white wine and found a Meritage that is/was very good. We were quite impressed with the road construction near Summerland where they are widening the road to four lanes. We stopped in for a quick visit with Harry and Pam in Peachland. They are heading back to Needles, CA very shortly.

On September 28 we met Joyce, Stan, Ken and Mavis for a round of golf. We had a couple of beer afterward and found that Joyce and Stan were going to a Customer Appreciation evening at the Army and Navy club, where they are members. Ken and Mavis decided to go there and we did too. A Legion membership enables you to go there. We had several rounds of beer and a wonderful BBQd hamburger/hot dog dinner with salads and all the trimmings. The Army and Navy Club is another of these clubs which is run by volunteers who work incredibly hard. However, there needs to be an influx of younger members or it will fade away.

On September 29 we headed back to South Surrey. Larry's new Grandview Corners store opened October 1. It's a very impressive store, as is the whole complex. It will be great to have all this shopping in South Surrey so people won't have to drive to Langley anymore.

On October 9 we went up to Whistler for PCS Manager's Meeting. On the way up we stopped at Wendy's in Squamish for lunch and were honked at by people in the parking lot. Turned out it was our friends Dan and Louella from White Rock. Maureen explored around Whistler for two days. There were lots of sales but she didn't buy anything! A lot of walking but the weather was nice. When we left Whistler we went directly to the Horseshoe Bay ferry and headed for Sechelt. Aaron joined us Saturday night as well and the four of us enjoyed a big Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. Aaron went home Monday and Larry went home Tuesday. Maureen stayed until Friday. A lot of walking and gardening for a successful visit.

On October 19 we went to Jag and Rupi's new home blessing in Abbotsford. Maureen filled her face with a big plate of Indian food. After that we went to Ocean Park Community Hall for a reception for present and former Board members of the Association.

We will be in South Surrey probably until mid-November then we will head south. Last year we put deposits on three condos at The Morgan hoping that we would flip them for a small profit by the time they were built. Unfortunately, that is not to be so we will be the proud owners of two condos ready mid-November and one in February. We will rent them out for the time being.

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