Skating Out of September

Although I’ve fallen back into the slacker blogger category, I had a really good September. I love the transition into Autumn and this month has been a nice mix of cooler mornings with warm afternoons.

Another bonus is that the damn smoke is gone. Seriously it feels like we’re living in HD now that I can actually see further than 20 feet in front of me. I’ve never thought of Kamloops as a very beautiful city, but I’ve never appreciated it more than I do now.

One of my friends, Shah from London, who I actually met 2 years ago on my Thailand Contiki trip, has been doing a cross Canada trip and was able to stop in Kamloops for a few days. It being a kind of in-between season, I had a bit of a hard time thinking of things to do. I’m better at thinking of summer activities and when it’s winter it revolves around the snow.

The day he arrived I thought it might be fun to check out Sun Peaks, our local ski hill. I packed up the dog and we headed out. We went for a nice walk around the village trails and then popped into Masa’s for lunch. It worked out being perfect timing because it started raining/sleeting. The first night we ended up going to a pub downtown…although Wednesday isn’t a big evening in Kamloops, had about 6 other people in the entire place.

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Another activity I had planned was checking out Wells Gray Park. Wells Gray is a beautiful provincial park just outside of Clearwater, about 2 hours total from Kamloops. There are tonnes of hiking trails, waterfalls, and camping. It turned out to be such a great time of year to visit, with all of the fall colours.

Wells Gray Park

I’m really hoping I can get back out to Wells Gray again before it gets too cold. There are so many trails and I definitely have only scratched the surface.

Skating

Another fun activity I’ve been wanting to get back into is ice skating! Let me preface this by saying I am quite terrible at skating, but this is my year to learn. I decided this year to swap my figure skates (that front pick can be a real buzz kill, when you hit the ice verrrrry hard). Callie and I went once last weekend and neither of us fell…weoo. So hopefully I’ll be able to improve and maybe learn a bit this year.

Skating

I’d like to try and keep quite busy with hobbies and activities this winter. After the summer of smoke and Netflix, I don’t think I can do a whole winter of that also. (Although how good are the new shows in the winter??)

Iron Road Brewing & Shuswap Saturdays

This past weekend was fantastic! I can’t believe it was already the last weekend of August…where has this summer gone?!

Thankfully Kamloops is back to hot weather and clear skies, just like summer should be.

Friday evening I met up with some friends at a new brew pub in town, Iron Road Brewing. We got there at about 7pm and the place was packed. We took a seat at the bar, got some drinks and waited for a table to free up. We didn’t have to wait long and soon we all had drinks and dinner was en route.

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Iron Road has a small menu of mostly tacos, quesadillas and nachos! I went with 1 shrimp taco and 1 veggie taco. They were cheap, but quite small. I wouldn’t say I’d go out of my way to go there for food but the beer was good and they have a great ambiance.  We all tried different kinds of beer and Denise and I went with the tasting flight to get a little bit of everything. My vote for favourite was the Locomotive Lager.

Iron Road Brewing

I will definitely head back there, it’s nice to have a new place to check out – Kamloops could certainly use more pubs and lounges!

Saturday morning it was time to head to the lake! Between the not great weather and severe smoke, it had been waaaay too long since I got to spend the day out at the Shuswap and I was seriously missing it. We spent the day floating at Copper Island, swimming and playing a super fun drinking game, Picolo. It’s an app and so much fun!

Shuswap

After a yummy dinner at Finz Bar and packing up the boat it was time to head home. Between the sun, fresh air and a few drinks I think everyone was tuckered out and we all just went home.

Shuswap

Sunday was a super productive day for me. I managed to clean my entire house, even handwashing the floors. This may sound like the most boring thing ever, but it was so satisfying. Between the dog and cat and me, it can get dirty real quick!

Shuswap

Photo by Allan McVicar

All in all it was a really great weekend, and now we’re heading into a long weekend!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic last week of August. Any exciting plans for the long weekend?

 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Birthday celebrations at Monte Creek Ranch!

Last week was my birthday…and it was awesome! I am totally one of those birthday loving people, bring on the attention, cake and presents.

I was planning on just going out for dinner with family and friends – but my mom saw that a local winery was hosting a music event on my birthday so we decided to head out there.

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My birthday day was fantastic from the beginning, from coffee and breakfast with Ash, lunch with another friend and then heading out to Monte Creek Ranch Winery.

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The tickets for the event were only $10 and included a wine tasting (my fav activity, if you didn’t know that by now). My mom and Erica really went above and beyond and brought a whole table full of food and 3 (yes THREE) cakes!

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I think everyone had a fantastic time, the band was great and the wine was even better. It was so nice to be able to lounge on the lawn, play some games and relax while visiting with everyone. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I also got presents and had all my favourite people with me.

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The music finished around 9 and we stuck around until the employees kicked us out…apparently, they wanted to head home. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate turning 28!