Okanagan Part 2

As per the last post, the Okanagan was a time for family, dining and wine tasting in BC’s wine region.  Mostly pics here folks, and some nice ones at that.  Some are self explanatory:

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Three generations above!  Nice to add Kimberly to this portion of the trip.  Dinner at Vanilla Pod, the restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery.



Kimberly pictured outside the Vanilla Pod.  She hiked above Skaha Lake with Grandma.  Here is a photo of the view from near the top:



Second annual dinner at Backyard Farm in Oliver with family and friends.  The menu, the chef, the food, Todd and Murali waxing eloquently (or not), Maureen and Lesley sharing a moment:



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A fantastic no parking sign around the corner from our condo:


Old Summerland is lakeside.  Cliffs hang vicariously along the lake shore.  Paths wind up the cliffs to “new” Summerland.  A family of owls was spotted and photographed.  Grandpa was all over this.  All I can say is, WOW.  A mother and her babies:

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Grandpa, I want a blown up version of one of the above pics.  A must have!

Kimberly, Liz and I drove back to the US this past weekend and stopped in Walla Walla, Washington.  L’Ecole, Walla Walla Cellars and Kronos are 3 of our fave wineries in Eastern Washington, known for their reds.  We also ate at the very tasty Brasserie Four on Main St. Kimberly loved it all, and even participated in all of the wine tastings.  Next thing you know, she was swirling the glass and sticking her beak right down in the glass and giving us tasting notes!  She’s hooked!  Our Airbnb was just outside the University property which allowed us to walk a half mile or so into town.  Along the way was a pet bunny, who made no bones about enjoying being pet.  Even a cat came by and completely ignored the rabbit. Neighborhood bunny I guess.



So there you have it, bunnies and owls.  Good thing they weren’t in the same neighborhood!

Sunday, May 14, we drove home to Logan, Utah, arriving around 3:30 in the afternoon.  8 weeks and some 50 wineries later, I need to shed a good 10 pounds.  We will spend the next couple of weeks cleaning up around and in the house in Logan and the condo in Park City.  Musically, we will play jazz and celtic music at the upcoming Summerfest Faire in mid June.  The opera season starts the same weekend with initial rehearsals.  I have 70 rehearsals and performances in a 7 week period, so it will be busy.  I will take a hiatus from blogging until mid June and then send you all pics from the final musical events of the sabbatical.  Hope you all have enjoyed the spring trip portion of the sabbatical blog.  Sure has been fun!!!!!!


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

3 thoughts on “Okanagan Part 2”

  1. Todd — what an amazing year. I’ve enjoyed so many of your posts. Thanks for taking the time to share out. Those owls!!!!!


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