Monday, May 26, 2008

a jewel in the okanagan

We went camping in Osoyoos this weekend at a provincial park campground called Haynes Point. In one word, it was a jewel. I've been meaning to go to this campground for awhile now. Everytime I would pass through Osoyoos on my way to the interior, Haynes Point would stare enticingly at me when I crossed the bridge. It sits on a finger of land that juts out into the middle of Lake Osoyoos, touted to be the warmest lake in Canada. Well, it wasn't particularly warm at the end of May! But that didn't matter.

Most of the 40 campsites are situated lakefront. We were a group of 9 adults and 6 kids and we had 3 campsites, all were lakefront. Perfect! It was a very relaxing weekend of doing nothing. Also perfect!

We had such a good time, I'm thinking of trying to book it again in September. But by far the biggest problem with Haynes Point is trying to book a campsite. That's why we went at the end of May. From end of June through the beginning of September, you have to book right when the campsites come available (exactly 3 months in advance) or you won't get a spot there.

Going in May was nice, but if you stay longer than a few nights, be warned that you may have to brave the chilly lake, as there are no showers on the campground. We're hoping that the water is a little warmer in September!

Below is a mosaic of photos from the trip. They are a combination of our photos and the Edzel's photos (thanks, Ed and Liezel!). But before I go, I wanted to give a shout out to Doug's Homestead - located on Highway 3 just on the west side of Hedley. The Edzel's got a recommendation to go there and they recommended it to us. They have AWESOME jerky, pepperoni and I'm sure all their meat products are just as delicious. We'll have to think of a reason to travel Highway 3 JUST so we can go to Doug's Homestead!

Brian the monkey manFinding a good place to set-upCampsite pre-arrivalHow many Basra's does it take to setup a tent?Mmmm...bananas......I think I'll just sneak one......curses! Foiled again!Please can I go in the water!This bread is so yummy......I think I'll eat it through my nose.Hmmm...can't seem to taste it this way!What'll you give me if I help you escape?!Now that the site is set up, it's time to relaxThe Basra's set-upThe Van Dop/Low-Lorico set-upJosh and Brian pounding them backJosh's first girlfriend, TashaYou like sand?  I like sand too!He likes me because I'm SO cuteWhere should we go now?Time for a morning dip!It's a bit chilly, but Nikita doesn't mind!Josh agrees that it's chilly, but throwing rocks is cool!Daddy, can I swim like those ducks?The beach beside our campsiteJadin contemplating another dipConan, Mabel and Charlotte singing songsWhat would you like, monkey?I want Uncle Ed's water!Or maybe I just want to play with the bottleThe beach viewWalking on waterThe road to the campsitesWith scenery like this, what more do you need?Welcome to Haynes Point, OsoyoosManjit and the kid's tentDal and Robbin's tentWho gave that guy an axe?!OK, that's a much more suitable axe for Ed!Dal, where's the pony keg?Liezel enjoys the sceneryEd organizing his boozePlaytimeIsn't everytime play time at that age?!Mid-afternoon siestaOr gather around for social hour!Josh is finding he likes the dirt!Goofy BrianConan and Josh enjoy a snackJosh's first corn on the cob.  Yum!Here duckie, duckie!I think these 2 live on the propertyObserving the ducksHelping Ed read in the darkThat's not really coffee in the coffee mug!The Edzel'sBrian pretends to read in the darkEnjoying a drink after Josh goes to bedDal, Thierren, Tasha, Manjit, Robbin and JadinEnjoying the Sunday morning sunshineBeauty!Waking up after a good night's sleepThe geese are on the moveSo peacefulEnjoying a morning milkLast little dip before we leaveChef EdI saw a duck and it was THIS big!Woo! Hoo!  It's fun being this far off the ground!One last look at the viewJosh and Uncle EdClose-upNikita had a GREAT weekendPacked up and ready to head outOur campsite

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