On the road. Princeton > Hwy 40

Our new discovery in budget stay places…thanks to Mike.
I have driven through Princeton all my life. Who knew it had so much to offer. Cycling, hiking, birding, paddling, X-country ski…it seems we will be back. and only 3 hrs from Vancouver.
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and we had a beautiful walk out the old 1000 ft tunnel and down to the natural OCHRE cliffs. Yes Ochre. I will be using a bit of this in some of my new paintings ! My hand is still stained 3 days later.

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A relaxed early lunch at the Vermillion Fork (good tucker) and headed off along Hwy 40 – east to Summerland. A little more dirt road than expected 0 but what great valley views. and I am so please to see the “sunflower” daisies out all along the way, with blue Larkspur…Lupines coming soon! beautiful open pine, grass lands.

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between Princeton and Summerland is a “highway” that travels along a river valley and alongside the KVR – Kettle Valley Railway. Now part of the Trans Canada Trail is runs for many miles with small camp sites, and a gradual grade. (it is built on the old rail bed) Everything here seems to be branded KVR. It has been a huge boon to the local tourism and attracting young families and retirees back to the area  + cheap real estate.


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