All by myself
Nov 2, 2013 / 5:00 am
I spent this week on the road by myself. It's a bit tougher to enjoy new adventures when you have no one to share them with, but it's important to make the most of the moments nonetheless. So this week I'm going to fill you in on the fun I found on my own...
I had a glorious drive to the Kootenays, with beautiful sunshine and fall colours all the way. The larch trees are in full splendor this time of year and they make for a spectacular landscape. Being used to the expanse of the Okanagan, I was struck by the closeness of the mountains and the steepness of the valleys.
I started my trip in Nelson, a town that seems to have invented the word "funky". There are 60 restaurants in this town of about ten thousand. They have a coffee roaster, and more than a few artisan bakeries, as well as art galleries, natural food stores, cool retail shops, outdoor stores galore and even bookstores (yup, people actually read books with pages here.) The people I crossed on the street were almost all smiling, with twinkly eyes and a spring in their step. Of course being a smaller town, there were often people stopping to chat and catch up, familiar faces who were keen to get the latest news on the kids or an upcoming community event (shops were full of flyers about concerts, shows, fairs and other happenings around town). It was endearing; I hung around wherever I stopped, hoping some of that charm would rub off even though I wasn't a local. A great place to get a sense of the local spirit if you ever find yourself there is Oso Negro, the coffee shop/bistro/roaster. They not only make great lattes, but also have dandelion as a coffee alternative. They also make the best breakfast bun I've had since I ate one on a film catering truck. I would have taken a picture but I was too busy licking my fingers :) I did take pictures of dinner at All Seasons Cafe - you can see them in a blog post I did.
My next stop was Rossland. This place made me wish I was younger - it's a Mecca for mountain bikers and powder hounds. Thankfully there are plenty of folks who have chosen this lifestyle at all ages so not only young pups are welcome. There is a great local grocery store called Ferraro's, a fantastic cafe called Clansy's that makes awesome muffins and cookies to go with their coffee, and a fun pub called The Flying Steamshovel (check out my Happy Gourmand blog for my post on the fun I had there). If you're into shopping, check out the kitchen store and a beautiful ladies' shop called Out of the Cellar.
One advantage to travelling alone is having "me time". I took full advantage of this in Rossland at the delightful bed and breakfast I discovered, The Red Barn Lodge. Proprietors Helen and Oliver really know how to spoil people in their charming country abode at the edge of town. The first night I made myself a cup of tea and wrote a great blog post all snuggled in the quilted duvet. The second night I enjoyed a glass of wine while I soaked in the antique claw foot tub and caught up on my chick lit reading. I headed off in the next morning after a breakfast of homemade granola and organic yogurt along with fresh baked banana bread. I nodded good-bye to the scarecrow and his Hallowe'en pumpkin pal as I drove off in the dawn light, hoping to have occasion to return.
I suppose I can't really lament my week all by myself; now that you've read this you're probably thinking I had a pretty great time. You would be right.
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