The year is 1990, we have just moved from the big city of Edmonton to Keremeos where it does feel a bit like we have landed in Oz. It is really small and everyone seems to know who we are before we introduce ourselves. We meet some local people our age who invite us out for an evening. Will it be the movies, a fancy dinner out? No…we get into the back of their truck, (don’t tell my dad) we head off along a dirt road and over to the river’s edge where we gather drift wood and make a bonfire and sit until the stars come out. I was hooked!
The Similkameen River & The Ashnola River are now very familiar places where I fish, hike, walk my dog, stroll with my husband, taught my children how to swim and the perfect place to cool off during the hot days in summer - never mind camping! They are part of this town and they are a part of me.