The drive on Day 10 was uneventful, but pretty to see the western aspects of the Canadian Rockies gradually descend into gentle valleys, rivers and lakes in the agricultural fields in the mid-section of British Columbia around Kelowna. The weather changed from frigid and snow to warm and green 70 degrees. Kelowna is known mostly for it’s many vineyards, huge Lake Okanagan, and many golf courses. The golf green fees were very expensive, and it was difficult to find a tee time on Fri. morning, so we decided to finesse the golf. Instead, we went to the home/showrooms/sculpture gardens of Geert Maas, just north of the city, that was highlighted in the AAA guide. What a treat! He has exhibited, and his work is shown in numerous sites, from Italy to Germany, Britain, Japan and many cities in the US. His curvaceous figures look sort of like Henry Moore, with a different touch.
Mr. Maas, originally from the Netherlands, showed us around and talked with us about his work.
In the afternoon we toured a number of vineyards, both small and huge. We had never tasted ice wines, which are common in all the vineyards here. They are made from grapes that have just frozen, and thus are quite sweet, but delicious as a desert wine or to flavor fruit desserts. Our favorite vineyard was Quails’ Gate, where we had an extensive tastings and enjoyed an exquisite lunch, on their beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Lois had a flank steak and Peter a duck. The presentations were outstanding, as were the dishes. We spent the evening, in our nice suite in a Fairfield Inn, doing laundry, reading and catching up on blogging, which Peter has finally figured out.