As stated in the previous post, November 1st, 2020 came and we headed south, but not as far as we wanted to! Damn Covid!!!
There are some similarities to our “normal” winter home address. We are close to the southern border. We are in a desert. OK, the border is the Canada/USA border on the 49th Parallel instead of the USA/Mexico border on the 31st Parallel. But, both are desert regions!
Osoyoos is not Canada’s most southern town. We have already been there when we visited Kingsville, Ontario. It is however Canada’s warmest town by year average temperatures. There are some towns even warmer in the winter time in the lower mainland and the south end of Vancouver Island,theymay be warmer, but they are a lot wetter! So, with this information we decided (along with Bob and Ann Clark) that if we cannot get to Tucson we will spend our winter here. We are glad that we decided this back in May, because there were a lot of other Canadian Snowbirds that were thinking the same thing and everywhere was full! Our spots were right across the street from each other, which worked out great!!
With Covid still running rampant and a vaccine on the horizon but still not available, Osoyoos gave us a very safe place to park our home. We did have a few trips planned to get us through the next 6 months. The prospects were a trip or two over to Ocean Park (White Rock) area to visit with The Zehr’s. Unfortunately we were only able to go once due to travel restrictions. The other thing we were really looking forward to was spending February and March in our good friend’s (Toni and Charlie) condo in Hawaii. Again, due to Covid travel restrictions we were not able to go. So our 6 month stay in Osoyoos was the longest in one spot in 5 years!
We managed to get a few cycles in before the cold came, and a few in the spring, but our main avenue of exercise was the gym. We found an excellent one, that had a cheap Snowbird Special, $100 for 3 months! The staff did great job of keeping it clean and “Covid” free! A few good hikes, and lots of walks with Bear, Wags, Bob and Ann!
We also had numerous “event” nights with our “bubble” being the Clarks. We celebrated “The Grinch”, Christmas, New Years, Mardis Gras, Easter , June’s 55th Birthday as well as Bob’s 66th.
We will let the pictures tell the story!
Our cycle up Anarchist Mountain to get a view of the Valley
Our trip over to the White Rock area to visit family
Winter came early, glad it did not stay!
However, for the next 5 months winter, Winter was a short 15 minute drive up Anarchist Mountain!
Getting into the holiday spirit
How the Grinch Stole Christmas party #1
Grinch Party #2
Drive up to Mount Baldy, our local ski resort!
The “Great” Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, December 2020
Leading up to the Holiday Season 2020
The end of the year, good riddance 2020!
January 2021 highlights
drive up Apex Mountain walk with the Clarks to Haynes Point Haynes Point hike up to McIntyre Bluff fellow McIntyre Bluff hikers Lake Osoyoos in winter hike up Golden Mile trail view on the Golden Mile trail more winter on Lake Osoyoos Skaha Bluff hiking trail view from Skaha Bluff trail contemplating with Wags