Canadian Tire Holiday

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Osoyoos Campground

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, June 25, 2012

Howdy folks,

Steffie and I are not happy campers at the moment, not happy in the least. Our car started running rough when we were coming back from Wells Gray so we decided to put it into the Canadian Tire on Sunday in Kelowna because it was the only place open. It took almost 3 hours for them to tell us that one of the oxygen sensors had failed and it would cost $220 to replace. Fair enough I thought, it isn't a new car there are bound to be some things that go wrong. We gave them the go ahead to replace the part, but after it was fixed the car wasn't any better. Rather than hang around any longer to see if it could be fixed, we gave up for the day and went to meet Dave, Jack and Joe who had been watching England lose against Italy in the Euro Cup.

We ended up finding a shitty little RV park in town to camp and then met them over the bridge in West Kelowna to go mini golfing. The price wasn't cheap, but at least the view across the lake was worth it. I'm normally a pretty big fan of mini golf, but they can get expensive. We all went back to the hostel to have some dinner before saying goodbye for another week and returning to the campground. There was a small section of beach that wasn't privately owned so at least we got to go down there and watch the sunset with out rain.

Nobody really wanted to take a shower in the morning because they were crap and cost $1 for 5 mins so we packed up and grabbed some groceries for breakfast. Our first stop was Penticton just 60kms south of Kelowna on the bottom of Okanagan Lake. On the way we passed towns like Peachland and Summerland which gave us insight into this region's agricultural economy. There are wineries everywhere and a lot of fruit picking in the summer. Many fruit stalls dotted the road south. We thought we would drop the car into Canadian Tire again and see if they could fix it properly so we arrived at 9:30am and left to walk into downtown. It was lightly raining so we stopped into the visitor information centre then took a stroll to the lakefront. On one end was the Paddlesteamer Sicamous, a restored vessel serving as a permanent museum, but it was closed so we jumped that thing. It was a nice walk along the beach until we got to what looked like a giant peach for no apparent reason and stopped to sit down by the waterfront. The next thing I heard was a loud, whizzing crack over my shoulder out of nowhere. I turned to watch a few council workers firing flare guns at the Canadian Geese swimming in the bay. Apparently it is part of their bird control programme. How bizzare.

We circled back to Canadian Tire at noon although no apparent progress had been made. After waiting around for another 2 hours it was good to go, but as soon as we got out onto the highway the car was losing power and missing gears. Back we went to Canadian Tire at 2:45pm and spent the next 2 hours trying to find more ingenious ways of entertaining ourselves. At first we sat down on the comfortable outdoor recliners, then we got a few books to read, brought out some music and played with some sports balls. It was funny to see people come in and guess what they were there to buy. Some people are more obvious than others.

Eventually they came back and told us that the car computer was cactus and that they couldn't do any more so they refunded us the money. The car was pretty much back to before so we could at least drive it out. With time getting late in the day, we headed finally to Osoyoos. We dropped Joe off and headed to the border so that we could get Steffie a visitor Visa because her current working Visa was expiring. It took 1.5 hours as we had to cross over into the USA, circle the flagpole back to Canada and complete the application with a complete vehicle search. Fun times indeed.

Everybody was in need of a beer so we met Joe at the pub and downed a cold one. We were planning on staying at Haynes Point Provincial Park which is a spit that juts out into the middle of Osoyoos Lake, but it was full so we ended up finding another local RV park. At least this one had decent showers and a nice view over the lake. After a late night dinner, we were ready to call it quits.

Bring on the good times!
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