To make sure we still had a chance to see a little more of Canada and the lakes that Abi had envisaged seeing, we took advantage of Tracey and her partner Eric heading to Kelowna. Kelowna is a small city where Eric lives, surrounded by lakes and mountains. Although we spent most of our nights in a hostel we also recieved some great hospitality staying at Eric's one night.
Kelowna Intenational Hostel was a lot smaller than Vancouver Hi hostel, however it offered a great family feel and provided a better opportunity to meet new people and hear travellers stories. It also had some great recreational facilities including guitar hero, xbox, musical instruments and books. The hostel also organised interesting events most evenings, with one evening being a debate over chicken wings, the question posed being 'which came first, the chicken or the egg'. Another night we had a lesson in Korean. We learnt around 10 Koreon words, although we probably wont be able to remember many by the time we get home.
When we could pull ourselves away from the many possible activities, we were walking around Kelowna. One walk took us along Mission Creek, a river that meanders through the city. This walk was an....interesting walk. Abi starts the day by proposing a stroll along the riverside, she asks "how far is 30 kilometres?", to which I convert to miles and think nothing of it. We then begin the walk about an hour later, when, after we had walked about 7 miles I checked the map and found out my error in not keeping a closer track on Abi's plans. Luckily, Abi was of the same mind as me or we could have ended up a long way away, with a long walk back to base! We took a prolonged pit stop in a mexican fast food joint where we ordered taco's for lunch and procrastanated until we began the 7 mile return journey.
As glutens for punishment we decided to walk again the next day, however learning from our mistake we chose to walk by lake Okanagan, where some believe the Loch Ness Monsters brother resides; 'Ogopogo'. Unfortunately, we didn't catch a glimpse of the mystical creature, however we were blessed with a beautiful day that exentuated the already breathtaking scenery of the Lake with it's mountainous backdrop.
We then ventured away from the natural and toward the commercial where we had our first Casino experience. To us the Casino we visited had two parts to it, the tables - where winning is based on luck, but how you play can vary, thus providing an interesting experience if you are happy to enjoy the dynamics of the game. The second part is the slot machines, where you simply put money into a machine and push a button...that's it! Some slot machines normally do have an element of pushing buttons during plays but these were not that type, they were simply money in- push button -hope you win. In future we plan to stick to games that provide a little more enjoyment when we spend our money! We'll let you know how Las Vegas goes when we try that!