Friday Postcard from the Okanagan – Detour Edition

Welcome !

The spring has been cool with few days of real “beach” weather. Some years I swim in Skaha Lake in June, but I don’t think that will be the case in 2022.

I hope you will enjoy some photos today, all local. The photos include views of Okanagan lake and Skaha lake and a recent foal born (likely in my yard) last week. A couple of photos are taken in Summerland looking down on Okanagan lake, I was visiting family that day and they have a beautiful view from their yard, and lovely yellow poppies.

Enjoy the SLIDESHOW below – click arrows to advance the images ♥

The trail along the channel connecting the two lakes, Skaha and Okanagan.

I have been thinking about “detours” and how they have an unwelcome connotation.

As I look back at the stories in my life I have discovered that detours or unplanned changes to my day have led to the many fortuitous events and special memories.

For example – a detour lead to a hike in Manning Park – and discovery of Rhododendren Flats – I love that spot now but I have driven past it many times. I was encouraged to take a minor detour which I did, and it made me ask myself ” Why do I rush sometimes?”

I visited this oasis of peace and beauty in the park and will never pass by it again without stopping. It’s like a drink of spring water, refreshing, and an easy walk. Link here

Detours have lead to different falls, parks, baseball games, and unforeseen friendships.

Perhaps every week should include a detour to allow for serendipitous discoveries.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.

Mark Twain

Thank you for visiting today to my blog. Comments and suggestions are welcome ♥ – David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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18 Responses to Friday Postcard from the Okanagan – Detour Edition

  1. The images are stunning David, and I love your focus on the detours of life, I say expect delays, God is planning! Hugs, C


  2. Wynne Leon says:

    Beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing. I love your last suggestion, “Perhaps every week should include a detour to allow for serendipitous discoveries.” Maybe every week should – and then we’d realize that life is about what is unplanned at least as much as the planned!


  3. Jane Fritz says:

    Lovely pictures and lovely thoughts, David. Thank you.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi Jane, I realized later that it wasn’t Friday, not my time zone anyway. My heart was in Japan today I suppose. Thank you for reading and adding your comments. I sincerely look forward to them. – David

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  4. Pooja G says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! Spring and summer and so lovely in Canada. Sometimes detours seem like an inconvenience but end up taking us on the right path.


  5. lghiggins says:

    As much as I loved your pictures, II loved your thoughts on detours even more. Sometimes stepping back or around our intentions and routines can lead to beautiful things. Thanks for bringing that out!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thanks Linda. I feel grateful to you for reading and thinking about my detour thoughts. I think one of the things I like about cycling is that it lets me explore more than I would on foot. I cruise all over and stop often to admire my little spot on earth, little things like cactus or a doorway can make me smile. – David

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  6. Benn Bell says:

    Great photos!


  7. debscarey says:

    Good call on how to regard detours. I used to be a mad rusher abouter, but these days I enjoy (indeed, need) the slower pace of life. Having moved a little further away from London, I would struggle to cope with the stress and craziness of the traffic and the drivers. A lot of road rage, which we’re fortunate to see almost nothing of in our rural area.

    I didn’t know you could get yellow poppies – and what a lovely shade of yellow they are too!

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  8. Hi David,
    The pictures are stunning! That is such an amazing place, that I hope to see someday.
    I totally agree with you in regards to the detours of life. We should welcome them and be open to those hidden opportunities.

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  9. The foal is so sweet. Let’s hope for warmer weather soon!


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