White Water Rafting in Lytton

Sorry this post took so bloody long to post! I was waiting for the photos from Hannah.

Firstly, I decided this was going to be the end of the trip and I would have a week off at home rather carry on on the road. As fun as it was, this was the best decision.

So, from Sun Peaks I headed for Lytton and to the camp site where I was meeting Hannah, Melissa and Mahal. We were camping, and rafting, with Hyak that weekend. We had gotten a deal through Zozi so we had it for half off (Zozi is similar to Groupon, but more focused on activities)!
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Once we arrived, it was clear that we were all in the mood for a lot of drinking, a lot of fun that weekend! We quickly befriended not one but TWO stag parties that weekend! That resulted in a lot of very fun drinking if I do say so myself! Thing is, we didn’t really have enough torches between us, so I ended up using my dive light… this is basically having a small sun in your hands!!

Anyway, next day we were joined by more friends, went up to Hyak to grab our lifejackets and helmets, then off we went!

Transported up there on old schoolbuses, half of us were paddle rafting, the rest (including us) were using power boats

Here is a giant advert for Hyak!

Quick safety briefing (essentially put your hands between your legs and hope for the best :P) and some more banter with the stag parties and away we go!

Me on the way (note: the black tshirt you can see is my rashy)

One of the boats we were using, the guides were awesome!

The Western Side of the river had a railway (YES, A RAILWAY IS WHAT I CALL IT!!), and we enjoyed getting the drivers to sound their horns!

Anyway, after the first set of rapids, we pulled into shore for lunch (sandwiches…. no not “gourmet lunch” as Zozi described). Was tasty though, and relaxing!

The rafts tied up at shore

After lunch it was on to the big stuff! You’re probably wondering why I’m able to take photos when my camera was being replaced… good thing I sold my old Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 to Hannah!

Off we go towards the bigger stuff so to speak!

We rotated through the boat, so everyone got a go at the front having water crash into their face!

Isn't this just a great country!

We kind of look like a flotilla going down here!

Yes, this is a good idea of what it was like. Great fun!

So, with that done we were all on a high! We promptly loaded up my cooler (great investment for this trip) with as much boose and ice as it could take! The party in the evening was insane! Not many photos I can share without someone slapping me, but I will put this one out:

This is in the middle of a valley in a predominantly desert part of BC! Huge blow-out party!!!! Best I've had for a while! Well worth it!

All in all, great way to end the road trip!

After this, I had a week at home chilling out and catching up on a few things. New website for Mum was made, and I caught up with as many friends as I could. New job started a week after!

Photos in this post were taken by Hannah and I, on Hannah’s camera

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Vernon, Enderby Cliffs and the way to Sun Peaks

Day 6 and I square away camp at Silver Star. I head down the mountain to Vernon and stop for a quick breaky and Skype calls home… that actually takes quite a long time. Looking on the map, I head for Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park as it looks like a good spot.

Now, remember all that wine I’m transporting? I have to keep it cool, even red wine can’t stand too much temperature raise within the bottles. Fortunately, because I have cases of wine, this works in my favour, the bottles keep each other cooler than a single bottle, and I can blast them with air con, leave the windows slightly open when I leave the car, find the shady parking spots, that sort of thing. Unfortunately, at Enderby you are pretty much parking smack bang in the open. This was going to have to be a fast hike!

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Quite a nice trail up and all the rest… until, without warning, it says it’s closed half way up!! Blah!?

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This was the best view I really got.

Headed back and decided to drive to Salmon Arm for a quick tea. Then I looked at the map and spotted a few Provincial Parks nearby… why not go to them I thought?

Thing is, on the way to the closest one, I saw a nice looking road that looked like a major route on the map. Why not use that I thought?

I’m writing this on Windows Live Writer because I can’t find any WiFi, can’t insert a map like I normally would. I’ll try to remember to update this when I upload the post, but in the mean time, go to Google Maps and get the following directions:
From: Pritchard, BC, Canada
To: Sun Peaks, BC, Canada

Yeah, see that windy road? It’s unsurfaced, there are signs saying that logging trucks should call out on their radios, bumps, pot holes, stones, cattle on the loose. Yes, the Impreza is the perfect car for the job… I mean who wouldn’t attempt it with normal road going tyres, normal road going suspension, normal ride height… no, it has All Wheel Drive, clearly there is nothing it cannot do for 24km!

After pushing through some cows, including one angry looking bull, complete with horns, I went up through the switchbacks and the loose surface as the sun was going down. Have to admit, the view was great and I secretly enjoyed the drive. For some reason though, I wasn’t alone. I caught sight of dust from someone up ahead, and just caught sight of him turning down a real 4×4-necessary road marked private, wonder what that was.

Anyway, eventually I caught sight of ski hill trail markers and realised I had made it to Sun Peaks. No messing around, I found the overnight carpark and joined a few other campers and RVers, all unofficially camping.

Immediately headed to town and went round every bar, I had gotten in at about 9:10, ten minutes after most had stopped food service, but Powder Hounds were nice enough to do one last plate for me.

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That was a PHENOMINAL burger. If your wondering, that’s got all the fixings except cheese, I prefer my burgers without it! 3 pints of Granville Island Hefeweizen didn’t go a miss either! Really nice place to chill out, friendly bartenders and has a patio. (There’s a review I hope they see).

Anyway, closing time came round so I went back to the car, set up the tent in record quick time and crashed pretty quickly watching A Bridge Too Far (did you know that has Sean Connery in it?).

Will say that the netbook (a Samsung N220) has been a trooper throughout all this. I’m easily getting 5 hours of battery life, possibly more, even if I’m watching movies etc. Will be making this my travel notebook for now. Still want the Asus U36SD for my main one though!

Anyway, I’m off to explore Sun Peaks some more, I might spend all day here and just skip Kamloops. One way or another, I have to be in Lytton this evening to meet the group for White Water Rafting. Can’t wait!

Kelowna, Vernon and Silver Star

Day 5 on the trip and I wake up in Kelowna. After hunting round and not immediately finding breakfast, I decided it was time to drive on and see what I found. Quick stop at a shopping centre (that could have been plucked right out of Vancouver for that matter)… should have bought some new shorts as the pairs I have are less than fresh now).

So I headed up to Vernon, as I was driving through I found a dive shop and thought that might be fun. But, no joy, they didn’t have any tours or info on anywhere where I could go get a couple of fun dives in, so I left for a wonder. Over lunch, I thought about heading up to Silver Star to see what was going on up there. So off I went up a great road (by the way, those of you who own automatic Imprezas… buy manual ones or use the tiptronic gear changer).

When I got there I immediately realized I should have resolved to get up here sooner, as I could have gotten a downhill mountain bike lesson and rental for the day and had a great time. Never mind, wen’t hiking instead and took a few snaps from the top:

Ahh the whole Okanagan (probably... well in fact probably not)

The Village

 

Vernon, I think...

I liked it up there so I decided to camp for the night (just $10 and includes access to hot showers, decent bogs, and right by the village with the bar open late). Got talking to a few people and had a great time!

Anyway, hitting the Northern Okanagan now, then it’s onto Lytton for the White Water Rafting trip.