On our way to Kelowna from Gray Creek, we had to catch the Needles Ferry. It is a very short ferry ride across to the other side. We could have caught the “next” Ferry after we arrived at the landing, but we got side-tracked by an interesting Flea Market just up the hill. We did not find anything we could not live without – until we walked by the freshly baked cinnamon buns! Wow, one would have fed both of us, but there’s no way I was sharing!!! Best cinnamon buns ever!! They were closed on our way back across the Ferry (probably a good thing!)
We were fairly impressed with the Canada Day celebrations in Crawford Bay. Our daughter and granddaughters were in charge of the games and face-painting and did a wonderful job of it. The weather was not perfect, but everyone seemed to be having a great time, rain or shine.
There was a band playing in the band shell and that was where I found my seat (on the outer wall). I do not believe I have ever been more impressed with band music! It is a group of seniors and anyone else who wishes to be a part of it. They played music that is not traditionally band music, but lots of contemporary music from the 50’s to present. When the band took a break, one of the female members came over and spoke to our adult grandson, Bryce, and then came over and said Hi to me! Well, I did not immediately recognize her (after 32 years), but the memories soon came back. John had installed a kitchen in their house many moons ago, and her husband was the school teacher in Crawford Bay. We used to run in the same “social circles” if you could call it that… I was so happy she recognized me or I would have walked right by her…
When the Park activities were over, we returned to Christy and Rod’s home for more celebrations. Christy brought out 4 hula hoops and the festivities commenced. The “big kids” had a hula hoop contest. Bryce won it “hands down”. His sisters could not even come close… He is a real “pro”. Bryce’s has been making silver rings and jewellry for several years in addition to his regular job in the movie industry, where he is a “set dresser”. We asked for the “lowdown” on what he does and he obliged. Right now he is working on the movie “Supernatural”.
The Canada Day celebration of fireworks at dark was undeniably the best fireworks we have ever seen. It lasted about an hour and the fireworks were shot over the water of Kootenay Lake.
On our travels there, one thing was quite evident: kayaks are “in”!! There were a few actual boats on Kootenay Lake, but kayaks were being hauled everywhere!! We only saw one or two houseboats on the lake.
We left Gray Creek on July 2nd, heading for home. It was tough saying goodbye to the family and particularly, the little girls. They are so precious!
Travelling from Fernie through the pass was particularly frustrating. One expects some delays when travelling on a long weekend, but this was ridiculous. It felt like we were in a funeral procession the whole way. There must have been 100 cars lined up in front of us and that many behind as well, with people “cutting in” yet. 20 km per hour, bumper to bumper in our lane as far as we could see, with no passing lane. Where there was a passing lane, it jammed up immediately!! The road basically was easy driving (we were out of the mountains already) with very few curves. At one point we were finally able to actually go 60 km per hour for a brief time. We did not see one police car on the highway. Just a bunch of drivers, with one slow-moving idiot in front - in just a car, no camper or anything else, to hold up all of the traffic!
Needless to say, we were very happy to be back in Saskatchewan and home. The weather was still inclement in spots, but at least it was smooth sailing…