Today I woke up to gloomy grey skies and a brisk breeze streaming through the bathroom window. Seems I forgot to close it last night before going to bed. To round out the dreary morning, muddy puddles dotted our gravel driveway, a clear sign of overnight rain.
The interior of British Columbia, Canada experiences the full spectrum of seasons; with temperatures climbing into the high thirties and low forties in the summer, and then crashing well below zero in winter. However, while the changing of the seasons tends to become a blur of mixed conditions (at the moment we are experiencing crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons punctuated with the occasional rainy write-off), the seasons themselves are incredibly defined. And honestly this is one of the reasons why we love where we live so much.
Which segues wonderfully into a talk about summer – or winter really, but let’s not even talk about it yet for fear it will hear us and bump up its arrival. Each day that takes us closer to October brings with it the very clear realization that winter is indeed coming, and we don’t have any immediate travel plans to outrun it this year.
Summer in the BC Interior is full of sun soaked days at the beach, water-skiing and swimming at the lake, slow floats down the river on an inner tube with friends, afternoons spent parked comfortably in a lounge chair under a cloudless sky with a cooler full of local craft beer, and evenings toasting marshmallows and laughing around a campfire or at a backyard barbecue. It’s also the season of outdoor events and concerts, sporting events, and road trips – with mid-thirties temperature for almost three months, there really isn’t a good reason not to enjoy every bit of summer possible.
It’s pretty awesome.
However if my words aren’t convincing enough, please let our Instagram account provide some visual support. From a festival solely dedicated to sweet, smoky, saucy bar-b-q pork ribs to the turquoise waters of Kalamalka Lake in the BC Okanagan, to the movie-set-esque wooden trestles of Kelowna’s Myra Canyon, Travis and I packed our summer vacation full of every event and daytrip we could manage between long weekends spent relaxing at Shuswap Lake.
Not since Magenta-hued Crush Cream Soda was my beverage of choice (complete with pink-stained tongue, lips, and chin) has my summer been so fun-filled and completely void of all responsibility.
What did you do this summer? Any amazing memories made or exciting adventures? Let us know what you got up to in the comments below, and be sure to connect with us on Instagram if you haven’t already!