This was the home stretch. We hiked through the desert of Osoyoos, learned about the local aboriginal history, and ate fresh fruit and nuts in the Okanagan. The kids attended a class at a bee farm where we met up with my brother for the day. They were taught about the negative effects that pesticides and herbicides are having on worldwide bee populations, and how that will ultimately effect human food production. Needless to say, we have learned to love bees even more – as if honey wasn’t enough reason.
On the bay back to and through the Rocky Mountains we did some more hiking and saw many animals – bears, sheep, moose and elk.
Although we had enjoyed our adventures, the kids were excited to finally arrive home and just mess around with their friends for the remainder of our stay in Grande Prairie.
Eric had transferred to Calgary so it was time to pack up and move. It was hard saying goodbye to friends and the city that I had started off hating but grew to love over time. It was the platform from which many great adventures had sprung, and you know the saying about how you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. But it was time to start the next chapter.