After a few days in Osoyoos, a friend of ours asked us to join him for a drive up a nearby mountain to check out some of the hiking trails at the top. Eager to get outside and experience something new, we accepted.
We left town, the vineyards, the fruit stands, and went on a new road we hadn’t been on yet. We drove past spotted lake (no pictures, sorry), and came across some ranch land at the base of the mountain. We turned onto a gravel road and began our ascent.
The dusty road twisted and turned up the forested peak. Around one corner you’d see a wide open view of the valley below, the next you’d be face to face with a wall of pines, another turn, black, bare trees and a layer of ash.
A few weeks before our visit, parts of Osoyoos and neighboring towns were damaged by forest fires. We had seen clear evidence of this since we first arrived, blackened shrubs and trees bordering vineyards and orchards and wispy pillars of smoke on far off peaks. Now we were right next to some of the damage.
We all agreed that it was sad to see so much destruction, but it was also amazing to see how much was still alive. There would be an unscathed, green tree right next to one that was completely burnt. In some places you could see the line of where the fire raged, and where it didn’t touch. Our friend remarked how in a year or two, it would be lush and green again, as fires often bring on new life after their destruction.
We arrived at the base of the hiking trails at the top. We looped around a couple different trails. One trail the fire damage was everywhere, the other looked completely untouched.
We spent less than an hour hiking around the trails, leaving just as the golden light was entering the scene. It was a great trip. We enjoyed the fresh air, mountain views, and good conversation. I mean, who wouldn’t?
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