On August 1 Jim and Bobbi arrived. Jim is originally from Estevan and we had met up with them in May at Pacific Border. They will stay for a couple of weeks. The 3rd was another Happy Hour well-attended. On the 4th Ken and Mavis picked us up and we went to the Brown Derby in Armstrong for breakfast - 2 eggs, sausage, ham or bacon, toast, fried new potatoes and jam - $2.99! We all came back to our site and an autopsy was performed on the scooter. It was determined that it was definitely dead. After Ken left, Larry was fiddling with the fuse and actually blew part of the capacitor off. It will most likely go in the garbage now. Then we went to the Legion Meat Draw again with Ken and Mavis, Jim and Bobbi. Ken won ground beef, Jim won pork tenderloin and we one a pair of T-bone steaks. A lucky day! When we came back Bobbi made fabulous Chinese food and included the pork tenderloin in the feast. The temperature reached a high of 33 deg.
On the 8th we took Jim and Bobbi to the Brown Derby. Another excellent breakfast. There were lots of big black clouds around and a bit of rain then it cleared and got hot again. After noon the other friends of Jim and Bobbi we met at Border - Ken and Barb and their son Jared - drove up from Penticton. Bobbi made a great meal of chili and buns and we found some local Armstrong corn to cook on the BBQ. Yummy!
On the 9th we took Jim and Bobbi up to Silver Star. It was a beautiful day and the view from there is wonderful. There has been some more building up there since we were last there but there is also a lot for sale. We went for lunch to the Silver Star Resort Club Saloon. Not a good choice! The pulled pork sandwiches were more like beaten pork chops - untrimmed - so there was some gross bits. The bread was good - full of cranberries. We won't be returning there and certainly wouldn't recommend it. The views of the lakes on the drive down are amazing. From the subdivision above Swan Lake you can actually see Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lakes all at once.
On the 11th and 12th we drove up to Sicamous each day to watch Kelly's old fastpitch team play in their Provincials. They won silver. It was amazing to see the places near Mara and close to Sicamous where the roads had washed out earlier this spring.
Beverly and Mike from Pacific Border (and her sister Laura and husband Enzo) stopped by on their way through from Kamloops for a couple of nights. On the 15th, while Larry golfed, Maureen toured them around to Planet Bee, Davison Farms, Village Cheese Shop and Chocoliro Chocolate Shop.
On the 19th we took a drive up to Mabel Lake, 35 km east of Enderby. It's a huge lake with only two real points of access - Kingfisher and a park near Lumby which is around the other side. It's a popular boating and swimming spot. We stopped for lunch beside the Shuswap River. We saw lots of people tubing down the river.
The following days were filled with getting to know our neighbours better, beautiful sunsets, hot days, Friday happy hours, monthly dinners. Morning walks for Maureen and golf for Larry. Larry has golfed Hyde Mountain, The Rise (designed by Fred Couples, twice), Spallumcheen Championship Course and Spallumcheen Executive Course (a number of times). We saw smoke from three fires - at the Rise Golf Course, near the garbage dump and one all the way down by Oyama. The Fire Service got them all out quite quickly. We were also treated to a quail family - the babies were so small! Maureen hosted the first get together of the wives of the golfing guys - at least four of them were - the other five just wanted to join in! Drinks and appies at our site.
On to September - the days are still pretty but a bit cooler. Fall is coming!