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Ruby McBeth: Finally, a road trip south

A bit further along there was a sign to watch out for big horn sheep, and it was a pleasant surprise when we got to see them on the road. 

We had to put off our long-anticipated trip to Vernon for a couple of days because of the snowfall warning in the middle of April. We left on Thursday the 21st, and returned on Tuesday the 26th, just before another late snowfall. 

Highlights on the way down were the mountains along the Pine Pass, visiting with Lorne’s sister Gayle and her husband Jim at the Co-Op Cardlock in Quesnel, and making it to Cache Creek that first day. We took turns driving so we stayed alert. 

Highlights in Vernon were seeing my sister Anita, walking on the Commonage where we lived as children, and attending a service at All Saints Church on Sunday. Sunday afternoon we drove along the west side of Okanagan Lake. We saw the evidence from the devastating fire at Killiney Beach. 

A bit further along there was a sign to watch out for big horn sheep, and it was a pleasant surprise when we got to see them on the road. 

We took the Yellowhead Highway on the way home for a change of scenery. There were delays from the Trans Mountain pipeline construction alongside Highway 5. While it rained much of the way back, we were thankful there was no snow. Such a welcome break.

Farewell to a friend

We were saddened to hear of the death of Kay Finlay. Kay and I were on the ski patrol at Big Bam together. Her husband Bob was one of Lorne’s ski buddies. 

When I think of Kay it is of her smiling. She spread cheer wherever she went. Kay and Bob lived on a sail boat in the Mediterranean for a while after they retired. Then they moved closer to daughter Charlene and son-in-law Chris Westover in St. Albert, Alberta. All five of their daughters were able to spend time with Kay in her last months.

Learning the lingo

Our word of the week is ‘phishing’. Sometimes you see an email that just does not look right. If you don’t know who sent it do not open it. It could be phishing: a hook to catch your private information. We keep receiving emails saying that Norton has charged money to renew our account. We know this can’t be true so we ignore it. It is an example of phishing.

Saying of the week

“Let us agree not to step on each other’s feet”, said the rooster to the horse. (English proverb)


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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