Go Fish!

For the past two years, I have been wanting to take my son out to the Go Fish! program that is put on by the Regional District:

On Sunday, May 4 join program staff and volunteers at the special fishing area in Shannon Lake Regional Park. The program then runs each weekend until June 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The program offers youth ages 15 and under, a chance to catch one rainbow trout each day without a fishing licence. A limited number of rods, reels and bait will be available each weekend for youngsters to use and try their luck!
District of West Kelowna

Unfortunately my social anxieties, his age, and my fear of him coming home with a hook in his nose has stopped me from taking him the prior two seasons.

I have been wanting to get back into fishing since we moved to the Okanagan.  Growing up, we used to go salmon fishing at Deep Bay every summer in Bowser, BC.  I always looked forward to Spring when softball started.  As softball drew to a close, my birthday came and went, school ended and I would spent most of my Summer up at the trailer with my grandmother, cousins, aunt and uncle fishing and playing in the ocean.  Oh how I miss the ocean and long for the day that we move back to it!

This year, I finally felt he was old enough at the ripe old age of six to take him fishing.  We went for the first time last Sunday hoping it had not been canceled because of the long weekend.  We were thinking it would not be that busy between it being the long weekend and the weather being a bit dismal.  Given those two factors, we were surprised at how busy it was!

I had taken two rods & reels with us.  One was a rod I had bought for $5 on sale and with a store coupon for him to use with his kite.  The reel busted within a few casts and needless to say, I was not impressed.  I quickly set up the other rod so he could get back to fishing.  After failing to cast even remotely okay with the cheap fishing rod, I was thankful to get to using a reel that I was more familiar with and could actually get out into the middle of the lake and past the weeds.

While we did not come home with a fish, we certainly had a few bites and had to re-bait because of it.  He seemed to enjoy himself and we will head to the lake again today to fish for a couple of hours in hopes of bringing something home for dinner.

Mission Creek Park: Explore the Snow

I was going to blog about this last Sunday but forgot to get the images off my camera before heading out to blog.

Friends of ours invited us to an event that was being held at Mission Creek Park last Saturday.  This was the first time the RDCO ran the “Explore the Snow” event.  With this being the first time the event had ever been run, there was a much larger turnout then they were expecting.

When we first got there, we entered the ECO Centre and went downstairs to register.  There were multiple craft tables set up and the kids were given a booklet to check off what they discovered during our hike along the trail.  When went outside and up towards the trail, it became evident just how huge the crowd of families was.

Mission Creek Park

The first bit of wildlife we encountered was a flock of ducks.  After watching the ducks and finding a squirrel in the tree, we started climbing up the stairs to a large clearing of mostly untouched (by human footprints) snow.

Ducks

Because of the size of the crowd and the fact that there were mostly younger children, it took quite some time to get all the way up the stairs to where we were going to see what types of animal tracks we could find in the snow.  Of course, by the time we got there (and we were far from the last heading up), they person guiding us was almost done her talk which she thankfully moved to the back of the gaggle and repeated for the rest of us who were still making our way upwards.

We walked through the (somewhat) untouched snow in search of tracks left by wildlife.  There was a checklist in the booklet we received at the ECO station that listed off the types of wildlife and footprints we could find in the area.  We eventually met back up with the trail and the next set of stairs to go back down which were incredibly icy.  I am surprised that only a few people slipped on the way down.  Again, a large gaggle of people were left behind from the main group.

Sunny Kelowna

There were more activities after the trail hike but our son and his friend were more into hanging out and digging in a giant snow pit near our car.  We let them play for a while in the snow before having to drag them away.  We missed out on analyzing snowflakes and creating a snow shelter but the length and timing of the event was a bit much for our overtired child and we could see other families were also leaving at that point.

The next event they have coming up is Geocaching in Rose Valley that we are hoping to attend.

Thing One and Thing Two

While working on our latest project, I decided I should start blogging about the projects we work on.  I am hoping this means we will work on more projects which in turn will provide content for more blog posts!

Over the years, I have been picking up discounted little craft kits mainly from Michael’s.  As my son has gotten older, I started wrapping them up as gifts for him and they are known as “projects” in our house.  Some of which take a few after school days to complete.

The latest one he got for the Winter Solstice I picked up for less than a dollar out of the discount bin at Michael’s:

Thing 1 and Thing 2

He worked on Thing 1 and I worked on Thing 2:

Thing 1 and Thing 2

We spent less then an hour working on them.  But it will probably take me months to fully clean up after it.  There are small pieces of blue feathers all over the kitchen.