After we walked the kids to school this morning, Mattie, Gord & I headed for Kamloops. It’s only 1 1/2 hours northwest of here. Along the way we stopped at a place called Ranch Café which was decorated with a western theme inside. We also enjoyed the mountain/lake scenery as we went. We had a short list of shopping malls to hit when we got to Kamloops where there were stores that sold native-designed clothing and jewellry. I was looking for something to wear that captured the northwest native spirit and had seen a wrap online in black and red (so typically Haida) with an eagle on the back. But I wanted one made in Canada not somewhere in the far east and I wanted it purchased in BC not shipped from somewhere in the States.
The first mall we stopped at had a Sears closing so we shopped there. Unfortunately, the native shop we thought we’d find there had closed a few months early and their website had not been taken down nor had it shown where they had reopened if they have. So my sister found another one on her phone and directed us to a mall downtown called the Northills Centre. Here we had super luck. In a store called Treasures, I found exactly what I wanted as well as a pair of fingerless gloves that go nicely with my new thrift shop find from Airdrie so I’m all set for the fall weather when it comes back. (We’ve been having perfect weather here and I’m glad I’m missing the heatwave back in Ontario.) The shawl design is by Haida artist Allan Weir and is perfect. My sister found some Christmas presents as well so it was an extremely worthwhile trip.
Before heading back, we stopped for lunch just at the south end of Kamloops at The Amsterdam Restaurant which serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. We had a good meal and were intrigued by some of the quaint Dutch paraphernalia. Even the doors to the washrooms were noteworthy.
On the road again, we stopped for ice cream at the Route 97 50s Ice Cream Parlour where we indulged in a bit of dessert before continuing on home. We ate outside in the beautiful 20°C weather but the inside decor was great. James Dean, Elvis, the juke box, the rat pack, and its rather playing on the Route 66 popularity in the US. A pleasant ride home in time to pick up the kids.
In the evenings, Mattie, Gord & I have been watching Netflix episodes of a series called Lethal Weapon which we’re really enjoying. The characters are really a lot of fun and it’s an exciting cop show as well. I never saw the movies of the same name (I think there were 4) so can’t compare but these are really good. They star Clayne Crawford (Martin Riggs suicidal ex-navy seal) and Damon Wayans (Roger Murtagh veteran officer) as the partner cops, Keesha Sharp as Murtagh’s wife, and Jordana Brewster as Martin’s police psychiatrist. I highly recommend it.
Tomorrow’s my last day here and it’s going to be very hard to leave Friday morning but it’s time to head home! Cheers from Vernon!