I’ve been really hoping to spot a moose. I looked all day during the 4.5 hour drive yesterday, but no moose. I did see deer and a lot of loose cows. I didn’t realize there were still free roaming cows in North America, but there you have it. Cows, walking along the highway, cows on the hillside, no fences to be found. The rain finally started just as we were set to leave Kelowna. We headed toward New Denver on a recommendation. It was quite a drive up through a mountain pass. We hit the snow there. And more cows in the snow. Luckily it wasn’t sticking to the road.
The highway literally ends at the water where you drive onto a ferry that takes you across the lake. The ferry is free, part of the Canadian highway system. It only takes about 20 minutes to cross, and there is nothing on either side of the water.
There was only one open motel in New Denver. Jason had to go and find the manager to get a room. It was definitely off-season, and we were the only ones there. The town’s only restaurant was attached to the motel, and they had no customers and Canadian prices (high). So, thinking we had a microwave, Jason went out to gather a dinner of sorts from the van.
Oops. No microwave. Jason headed out for a walk thinking we could find a store or something open… nope, after 6 pm the entire town was shut down except for the red blinking light. Not to worry. Although I was a little skeptical, Jason proved a master of coffee pot cooking. Bode got a hot dog, I got ramen, and he made a lovely red beans and rice dish. Unbelievable.
The tip we got for New Denver was that it’s location made it an awe-inspiring place to just hang out and look up at the mountains. Camping spots right next to the water. With all the rain and cloud cover we missed it. Next time, we’ll come back in the summer.