Chany's 2021 "Mini" Trips

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Mini Trips - Purpose
With the ridiculous travel restrictions associated with the "pandemic", 2021 involved short trips within my home province of British Columbia. It is important to take breaks from one's normal routine and get some rest and relaxation.

Jones Lake - Camping Trip

Jones Lake (also known as Wahleach Lake) is a hydroelectric reservoir located 42 km east of Chilliwack, BC CA. Recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, and fishing. Hiking, mountain biking and backcountry exploration are also popular in the area.

The road from the highway to the camp site was rough in places and made for an exciting drive.

Surrounded by mountains, the lake was a great place to go for a canoe ride.

No camping trip would be complete without toasting marshmallows over a camp fire.

The campsite at Jones Lake was well maintained. There was no cellular coverage here, so it was a great way to get away from technology. Nobody was sitting around looking at their smartphone. Overall, a relaxing trip.

Here's the camp gang (L to R): Marino, Nick, me, Kunal.

Penticton - KVR Trestles & Channel Float

The Myra Canyon Trestles Trail is located 24 km south east of Kelowna, BC CA. The road to the Myra Canyon Trail parking lot was well maintained.

The Myra Canyon Trestle Trail is a 12 km section of the old Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). This section saw the last trains in 1972, and was abandoned by CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) and the right of way returned to the government.

The KVR was built along Myra Canyon, providing a connection between between Midway and Penticton. This 12 km section consists of 19 trestle bridges and 2 tunnels. This is a view of one of the trestles from across the canyon.

At an altitude of 1300 meters, there are nice views of the Okanagan Valley from Myra Canyon trail.

Here I am with my bicycle on one of the trestles. As the trail was originally designed for trains, the slope was gentle, so no steep hills to climb. The trail and trestles have been cleaned up to make for a very pleasant bike ride.

The trestles have been retrofitted with side guard rails and longitudinal wooden planks on the on the trestle deck, providing for a safe smooth ride across the trestle. Here we have Marino, Jen, and Nick crossing a trestle.

Overall, a great bike ride on the Kettle Valley Railway trail! Here are my cycling buddies on this ride (L to R): Me, Nick, Jen, Marino, Kunal.

A visit to Penticton wouldn't be complete with a float ride on the Penticton River Channel. We have inflated our floatation devices, and are ready to go floating!

The Channel is a man made water channel between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, passing through parallel to the western side of Pentiction along Hwy 97. The channel, created in the 1950's to control flooding and water flow, is a great place for a relaxing, slow float down the channel.

Here we have Kunal and Nick relaxing during their float down the channel.

Indeed, the float down the Channel for me was very relaxing and I would recommend it as a therapy for one's mental well being.

2021 Mini Trips - Prologue

It was great to get away and do these mini trips, providing an opportunity to relax and clear ones mind, and get away from technology, albeit for a brief period of time.

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