As we leave Nelson we are back on hwy 3 back along the very same route we took east almost 4 months ago. We are heading back for a short visit with Lindsay and Ben in Kelowna to catch up on their lives. It really feels like we are already home as this is turf we have driven several times and home is just one day’s drive away if we were to push it. We pass through towns that had significant flooding back in May, Christina Lake, Grand Forks and points along the way. It is incredibly smoky as we pass through; flooding and fires are becoming the normal. As we get closer to Kelowna the sky darkens with clouds and rain starts as a drizzle but becomes full blown rain as we arrive in Kelowna which is a God send for this part of the province. We settle into our site at our old favourite Apple Orchard Farm and RV park and have a wonderful evening with Ben and Lindsay at their new place (which they had only moved into when are arrived on our way through in May).
All that rain has cleared off the smoke and we have the sunniest start to our day since Ontario. Everyone in town has a smile on their face after weeks of smoke. The morning is spent doing chores and meeting Lindsay for lunch and an afternoon of shopping for a countertop for their new island and as always clothes for work. I think she waits until I get there to go shopping! That evening we are able to sit out on the balcony and eat dinner and watch the downtown evening skyline emerge. The visit is short but fun and we know we are seeing them again soon so saying good bye is not difficult. We are taking 3 bar stools from then back to Duncan for our place so once again we have unusual baggage in the van for our second last day of travel. As we pack up for one of the last times this trip we definitely feel we are coming to the end of an amazing journey.