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Valley of the Hot Springs

 

Valley of the Hot Springs

As we drove through the Monashee Pass, cialis sale decease the curvy mountainous road was too much for my 30 year old tummy to handle. I used to love theme parks. But how will I ride roller-coasters with my children if I can’t even handle an hour on a bumpy road? Thankfully,Β  Highway 6 has plenty of quaint stops along the way. Shiell Lake was a perfect rest. The mirror-like lake was very picturesque – complete with a daisy field and a grazing deer in the distance. Oh, and a few old ladies having a screaming match in the bushes…just kidding, they were just ravens – but Pete had to convince me they weren’t actually shrieking elderly.

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

We were headed to my in-laws’ summer cottage in the quiet township of Burton, BC on Arrow Lakes.Β  The original village of Burton sits under water, as the valley was flooded in the 60s. And it never really recovered to it’s previous town status. Now, Burton is just a handful of houses, a playground, some llamas and a church. But it’s a perfect escape from reality.

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Nakusp is a 20 minute drive from Burton. It is the quintessential small BC town – somewhat rundown buildings surrounded by tree-lined mountains and a glorious lake. But it has all the charm – and just the right amount of bakeries, restaurants and thrift stores for a perfect summer getaway destination. I recommend grabbing a mocha milkshake from the local burger joint, The Hut.

(I didn’t realize, until I looked through my photos, that the West Kootenays are BIG on tin roofs. They are pretty cool, I guess.)

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Typically, Peter spent his childhood summers on the beaches of Arrow Lake but we had unseasonably moody weather during our visit. So instead, we filled our days with long walks, a splash in the Nakusp hot springs and cheap sherry.

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

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As I mentioned, Burton is basically an underwater ghost town and very isolated. If you’re not careful, you could easily get cabin fever on the rainy days. And since it’s so isolated, we sought out some animal friends. As I fed clover to the llama, scenes of Napoleon Dynamite ran through my head. So, I knew Pete and my telepathic energy was in-sync when I heard him mutter, “Tina, you fat lard, come eat some dinner!”

Valley of the Hot Springs

Valley of the Hot Springs

Here’s a couple of squinty-eyed photos of me in Nakusp. (I never remember my sunglasses.) I had to find a bright wall to stand in-front of…in all of the forest photos I was blending into the background, for some reason. (Get it, ’cause I’m wear camo, guys???) Also, I’m wearing this sweet t-shirt that Pete designed. I love it.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my family vacation. I recommend the West Kootenays if you’re in need of some serious R and R in a beautiful setting. Hope you make it there, one day. Have a great weekend, y’all!

Peace and Love,

Joyelle

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  • Reply Cori Anne August 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Ah! It looks so beautiful and peaceful…loved this post so much! Especially about Tina the Llama ;)

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