Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Driving Home from Nelson

After a lovely relaxing week in the Kootenays it was time to pack up and head home. The weather had improved throughout the week so by the time we were driving home the temperature was in the late 20's and sunny.

Mojo was packed into his small square of space for the journey. He actually travels very well and didn't seem to mind the limited leg room.

One of the more interesting towns we drove through on the way home was Greenwood. Proudly one of BC's smallest towns it largely became established when copper was discovered in the area around 1900. However, by the 1920's the price of copper had dropped significantly and the smelter plant eventually closed. Since then Greenwood has continued to exist predominately as a small agricultural and logging town with the noticeable feature that many of the historic buildings along the main street have been preserved.

Views here of the main street in Greenwood (thanks Mum for these photos)

Sometime later in our journey the landscape changes noticeably from mountainous, forested to open plains and desert like.

The last major town before we come back to the Lower Mainland is Osoyoos, a large resort town on Lake Osoyoos which boasts one of the warmest & driest climates in Canada.

View of the steep switchbacks along the side of the Okanaghan Highland which lead down into the valley basin where the lake and town are situated.

Views of Osoyoos

Finally we reached home having had a terrific week away and pleased to have discovered another beautiful part of BC.

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