Hiking is part of my daily routine. It’s my favourite part of the day. I get to zone out, enjoy nature and everything that this beautiful place has to offer. I am so grateful to call Kelowna, BC my home. I think sometimes a lot of us take for granted what we have in life so I personally try to make the time to stop and smell the roses. Saying this, I thought it was about time that I started sharing a few of the beautiful places I explore right here in the Okanagan and wherever else our motorhome may take us!
Please meet Miss Luna and Mr. Hemi. Luna is a border collie x Australian Shepard and is only 10 months old. Hemi is a Rottweiler cross with a few other things. Hemi is 9.5 years old. These two are my regular co-pilots. They help scout out trails, new swimming spots and well…all of the wildlife we get to come across!
The first hike that I’d love to tell you about is one of my favourite all time places to hang out. Rose Valley Regional Park. It is about 10 minutes from my driveway in West Kelowna and the final destination spot takes approximately one hour to get to, give or take, depending on how long you “stop and smell those roses!”
The trail starts off fairly flat and winds through a nice trail along a small lake. It then takes a quick turn and you’ll start to climb a pretty steep hill for the next 10 minutes until it levels out and carries along a narrow edge. Once it opens up, you switch trails and begin to descend down a rocky cliff to the reservoir.
Once you’re at the reservoir you’ll connect with a new trail that follows along the beautiful, perfectly quiet body of water. The path is intermediate at best as it has some ups and downs as you follow through the trees. One thing that I saw that I hadn’t seen at this spot before were a bunch of little heads pop out of the water. I thought at first they were fish jumping but as I looked closer, they were turtles! I think I counted six of them. Picture didn’t quite do it justice!
It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the far end of the reservoir. This is Hemi’s heaven. We usually sit at this spot and he will swim for a good 20 minutes, without even getting out. I think this is where he does his best thinking, and where I do my best soul searching too!
These daily hikes have only improved since I’ve started taking the new Valentus product, Prevail MAX. I spray 4 sprays right when I start my adventure and usually take more again once I’m done. What I notice about the Prevail Max is that I don’t feel tired part way through my hikes. I have a burst of energy and just feel like I can keep going. Life is in the blood and when we are doing exercise, you might as well have your blood moving quickly and efficiently!
Until next time, enjoy each day 🙂