Kamloops brings another change in landscape. Usually very dry and hot, almost desert like in feel. Tumbleweed and wild sage grow in abundance giving the land a dusty gray green palette. The Thompson River runs through the middle of these unusual land formations that look and feel much like a living being.
We arrived at the end of a week of rain and I have never seen Kamloops so lush and green. It looked completely different to me this time with all the verdant hill sides. I love the way a landscape can change from season to season.
We have come to celebrate my daughter's wedding and graduation all in the same week.
It is a busy and emotional week but filled with much love and celebration as our family members begin to arrive from different parts of the globe.
My daughter and her partner Kim have chosen to get married above Kamloops Lake.
Radiant brides and bright sunshine are a beautiful sight on an early mountain top morning.
An intimate family ceremony is followed by a picnic breakfast including donuts and champagne.
Next we were off to a painting studio where we all painted a piece of artwork together and then got to christen the newly wed's dresses with paint. All in all a very fun wedding day celebration.
Afterwards we spend some quiet time on Paul's Lake where the water is refreshing in the heat and this massive rock invites some painting and sketching time.
When the celebrations are over we all go on a wine tour at Gray Monks Estate Winery just outside of Vernon and this is the beginning of our Okanagan explorations.
We take a tour of the winery and sample some wines before sitting down for a sumptuous lunch overlooking the Okanagan Valley and Lake. Always sunny in this part of the world it would seem.
Thus begins the Okanagan chapter of our journey.