September of 1989 and we were camping in Okanagan Falls. Now there was only the two of us, we didn’t take the tent trailer we just had our van and a dining tent. We did really relaxed camping, no bells and whistles, just a Coleman stove and a cooler and best of all, no phone.
Things had been very stressful for several months. Dave was probably going to lose his job, due to his firm merging with another. My job had become increasingly stressful and coping with the uncertainty of Dave’s job had us both on edge.
The four girls were adults and basically independent so we were trying to decide on a new future for ourselves. At forty five, Dave was unsure if he would get another good job and we were both worried about what our future would bring.
During our years of camping holidays we had talked of owning a campground, we spent hours discussing how we would change various things about the campgrounds we visited. Our favourite camping spot was in Sooke, on Vancouver Island, we loved the casual setting and realized that with the dozen or so mobile homes located on the site, the campground brought in a year round income. We fell in love with the idea of this life. However, the idea of giving up his steady paycheque was very hard for Dave and this had been the cause of much indecision and stress.
So, here we were on the beach in OK Falls and we realized the constant stream of RV’s that we could see coming down the hill all needed to find somewhere to camp. Maybe the South Okanagan could be our future if we could find the right property for the right price. We wanted to be near, but not in Penticton so, with this in mind we visited a realtor in Penticton and asked him to investigate the possibility of us finding something we could afford.
Over the winter he sent us various listings, some we had no interest in but several seemed possible. The one property that really caught our eye was the Bel Air Cedar motel. It was just a small, old motel with three cottages and 3 and a half acres of orchard. The idea of the cottages gave the possibility of Dave’s dad moving with us and also there would be a private home for our youngest daughter, who wanted to come along. The cherry orchard seemed like a perfect place for us to open a campground and design it just the way we wanted it.
We listed our home in February and soon got a sale, we then had to find temporary housing until we found our new home in the Okanagan. We rented a two bedroom apartment, and downsized our belongings as we knew we were probably heading for a smaller home when we bought our campground. The furniture and most of our excess belongings were snapped up by the four girls who were either just starting life on their own or had only been out in the world for a few years.
In April 1990 we came for a week’s visit to see what was available. We viewed several places but the instant we stepped out of the car at the Bel Air, we felt at home. The motel was old but clean but the potential of the orchard to be turned into an RV park was obvious. Cherry trees were decked out in spring glory but we tried to resist the allure of the setting and look at the actual piece of property. The three cottages were old but solid, there was a good sized pool and some outbuildings that could be made into washrooms and laundry facilities for future campers. This was it, this was our new home, lots of hard work ahead of us but we were ready to take on the challenge. The property was already zoned for camping but had only been used for tenting, not much in the way of facilities but lots of ways we could make this place our own.
Our offer was accepted and we went home to prepare for the move. In six weeks we would be back and ready to start the next phase of our life. The stress was replaced by the excitement of the opportunity and we drove home with new hope for our future.
By ROY WOOD
Editorial staff at the Osoyoos Times is getting a bit thinner with the departure of editor Keith Lacey for an on-line publication in Penticton.
Operations manager Ronda Jahn confirmed Friday that Lacey’s last day will be next Wednesday.
Reporter and digital editor Richard McGuire will move to the editor’s chair. Vanessa Broadbent will continue to split her time as a reporter between the Times and the Oliver Chronicle. Lionel Doherty will stay on as editor of the Chronicle.
Both publications are owned by Aberdeen Publishing with Robert W. Doull of Penticton listed as president.
Lacey said in an interview Friday that he will become the editor of Penticton Now, an on-line only publication. It will start up once Lacey completes three weeks of training at the mother publication, Kelowna Now.
He joined the Times in 2011 after 27 years in weekly newspapers in Ontario and Alberta. He has lived in Penticton for the past five years.
Meanwhile, Jahn confirmed that both the Times and the Chronicle will drop their weekly four-page TV listings section as a cost-saving measure beginning in March. “I’m not sure how many people actually use them,” she said.
In another strategic move, the Chronicle will begin free distribution with the first edition in March. Subscribers will continue to pay for home delivery, but newsstand copies will be free. The Times will continue to charge $1.25.
The Town of Oliver recently selected Tamela Edwards from a group wishing to sit on the Board of the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
Tamela is a former Trustee of School District #53 and sat on the OPRS board in that capacity for several years.
The appointment will be confirmed at an RDOS meeting next Thursday March 1st.
Last year’s high water in the river impacted the western shoreline as the river flow proceeded towards McAlpine Bridge and the channel to the south.
Work, apprently began on Monday, with the primary focus on the shoreline near the church. Many loads of rip-rap placed adjacent to the river to shore up the western side.
With a build up of gravel in the river the flood plain appears to be rising and some flooding in ALR land nearby is expected during the freshet.
Divers off the coast of Japan discovered a circular structure sculpted in the seafloor sand. According to D. Catchpoole’s article in Creation magazine, Vol. 40, p.21, this was made up of “multiple ridges symmetrically radiating out from a small patterned circle in the centre”. It was like an underwater crop circle we’ve heard about before. Whodunnit?? More than ten years after this discovery in 1995, they found the culprit. It was a 5 inch pufferfish. For just over a week the male pufferfish would build this geometric marvel to attract a mate to its nest. The radially aligned peaks and valleys of the outer wall funneled fine sand into the center, just right for the female to place her eggs.
No accident. The ability to do this was built in to the DNA of the male by design. It is just one of the many, many marvels in creation.
To say this is the spot means that the indicated place is the location of something. Could be something past, as in this is the spot where the old school was located. Could be future as in where the new outhouse is to be placed. It could also point to a discoloration or something of interest, something not the same as the rest. In my mind a spot is round. What is the shape that you see a spot?
The spot can be the place in a play where something in particular happens. The spot in this case is about placement in time. It could include placement in location too. When I spot someone it may be that I am standing close for safety while you climb a rickety ladder. It may also be that I give you $20 to carry you through something with the idea you will pay me back. Spot on is like a bulls eye, direct hit
I might spot someone in a crowd, meaning I see them. A spotlight is meant to highlight something, like a static display or an act on a stage. The spotlight brings attention to what it shines upon. Train spotting is a game of recording the engine number on trains and keeping a record of when which train was seen and where. My shirt sometimes become spotted with tomatoe stains when I eat spaghetti
Run Spot run, is a line from a first level reading book, where Spot is a dog. A hot spot can be one active with radiation, or a great place to go for drinks and dancing with friends. A hot spot is a popular place. My parking spot is a designated place out in the lot for me to park my vehicle. Spotting is to be dripping to show discoloration on something. If I hang clothes outside to dry, a few raindrops can cause spotting
SPOT is a satellite service for locating people who have wandered off a safe path. I sometimes see spots, like bubbles floating in front of my eyes. Does that ever happen for you? It is usually when I am not completely awake yet and a few blinks clears them away. To put me on the spot is to ask me a hard or maybe embarrassing, question at a time when it is very hard to ignore you. I try not to do that to people
Pipeline politics have been in the news a lot over the past couple of weeks, as British Columbia and Alberta square off over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project. Both provincial governments are doing exactly what they promised to do when elected, so their positions are not surprising.
But where is the federal government in this debate? Jim Carr, the Minister of Natural Resources, keeps reciting the mantra that the Liberal government has okayed the pipeline and it will be built. The trouble is, with the economic, environmental and social morass that is pipeline politics in Canada, it is not clear at all what the outcome will be. As Chantal Hebert stated in a recent column, the Prime Minister is a referee without a whistle in this game.
I think there is a way forward from this stalemate, but it will be a long game. I don’t think Alberta’s boycott of BC wines will convince the BC government to back down, and it’s obvious that the BC government’s promises of more studies will not mollify pipeline proponents in Alberta. We need a new process that will rebuild the confidence of Canadians in our environmental regulatory systems.
The federal Liberal government claims that their policies have restored confidence in energy regulation in Canada. The fact is, Canadians have less faith in the process that they did under the Harper government. A recent poll by Nanos Research showed that only 2 percent of Canadians fully trusted the system. Fortunately, the same poll suggested a way forward—Canadians felt that giving local communities and First Nations more say would help build that trust
To fix this, we need to have a civil and respectful conversation about energy politics. There are good models to turn to. The Alberta Energy Regulator, which makes decisions around pipelines, oil sands and other projects within that province, now has representation from environmental and First Nations groups on its board. That change angered industry representatives who were used to being the only voice on that body, but it has served to give all Albertans more comfort that a full range of issues were being heard before decisions were made.
The Great Bear Rainforest is another good example of a process that saw sworn enemies see each other as reasonable people, and moving from that basis to a respectful dialogue and a broad agreement on resource exploitation and conservation.
The federal government recently tabled Bill C-69, which will change the landscape of environmental assessment in Canada, significantly alter the role of the National Energy Board and bring back some of the powers of the Navigable Waters Protection act lost under the previous Conservative government.
Some of these are very welcome changes, but unfortunately, they won’t apply to the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is unfortunate that the Trans Mountain project was not assessed using these new processes as the Liberals had promised—perhaps we would have a more collaborative and less polarized situation instead of the escalating threats we see on both sides.
I’ve recently talked at length with both Alberta and BC politicians about this situation, as well as representatives from the wine industry. I know that behind the scenes there are other government departments having frank discussions. That is a good sign.
This will be a slow process. There is no easy way out. But it’s a path we much search out if we are to put these conflicts behind us. In the meantime, I’m hoping that cooler heads will prevail, and the local wine industry is not held hostage for too long with no obvious endgame in sight.