I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Osoyoos for a holiday visit. I’m not hesitating. Also: the NkMip resort is altogether pleasant. We went in springtime — it was Memorial Day weekend back in the U.S. — and the weather was temperate. They say it gets quite warm in July and August, and we probably wouldn’t choose to go then. But you might.
This could get me in trouble, but
When time allows, one packs up the tow and heads for the Osoyoos Home Hardware Store. On the way out of the campground…
And then, just a couple of miles away, you’ve arrived. Wait for it…
In case you haven’t spent much time in Canada, Home Hardware is a chain of hardware stores similar to Ace or True Value in the U.S. I happen to have written about a couple of their stores in my lifetime, because they use retail business management software solutions offered by one of my clients. I know how successful and profitable the software is supposed to make them. Surely it must.
This one was established in 1942 as Osoyoos Hardware, probably before there was a Home Hardware brand to latch onto.
The store kind of starts out on the level and then begins a downward spiral — not unlike that cold I had. It goes on and on, and much of it is below the street level. I looked for a long time at some string lights we might have wanted to adorn Toto’s otherwise plain awning, but not one of the offerings was quite right. I will keep looking.
Oh, I thought of a good reason to go the Home Hardware store: the NkMip Resort’s Convenience store was… inconveniently closed.
When you get back to your campsite, though, it might be one of these. You could fish, I suppose, or launch your favorite watercraft, right from your site! It would be a wonderful thing, I’ll bet. But I don’t know for certain.
About our route: we didn’t get pictures along the road, but we should have — it’s a pretty drive. We drove from Gig Harbor, over Snoqualmie Pass on I-90, then turned north on US route 97, which goes all the way up. Next time I’ll stop for pix. BUT next time we’ll take another route — through North Cascades National Park. It too promises top-drawer scenery.
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