The deer are like mice and more than willing to modify your car
05.05.2009 - 07.05.2009 15 °C
To drive anywhere in B.C. you must be prepared for snow and ice in the mountain passes.
Over the mountains and down the hills The valleys full of blossoms. The mountains bare or snow covered. Kelowna is a sun drenched valley with a hundred mile lake sparkling in the center. The west side, now West Kelowna, is now its own city, yes another set of politicians. Cousin Doug lives on an extinct, I hope, volcano. His home is perched over the lake and backs onto a large park. What else can you do with an extinct volcano? British Columbia is full of wildlife, some very wild indeed. I heard many stories of pets disappearing. One neighbour had her little dog snatched from her by a coyote. The leash ripped out of her hand and gone. You'd think that the predators would be happy with the numerous deer which seem more than willing to give up their lives. Cousin Doug was giving me the ten dollar tour of his beautiful part of the province. We drove past farms and vineyards, lots of vineyards the warm sun gently baking the neatly trimmed vines. We were driving up the east side of Okanagan lake, moving slowly through an extensive herd of deer. Suddenly, jumping from a twenty foot cliff a doe leaped down directly in front of of the Toyota and BAM. She twisted over the hood, hooves arching past the windshield and tumbled down the steep slope towards the lake. The car acquires a new dent in the hood. It is a sad feeling but we all know that the deer will not go to waste but provide dinner for some scavenger. In Ontario I would have stopped and thrown the prize in the trunk to be later rendered into steaks and chops in return for the dent. But the show must go on. We moved north into more populated farmland. There is a winery in Kelowna where they age their wines inside a very large pyramid. A bottle of white and a bottle of red are soon in my bag. Kelowna can get cold in the winter but not for long, Life follows the seasons and the grape vines grow.