Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Helmet-Head Hieberts


We attempted an exotic family getaway in....wait for it....Merritt this weekend. Took the long southern route to get there, through Keremeos and Princeton and up the 5A. We picked up the first cherries of the season at a fruit stand owned by a Sikh family celebrating some guru holiday that involved them giving away free food -- in this case the best veggie curry and rice I've ever had.

Saw a baby moose with his mom, meadows so thick with purple lupins that it made your eyes go buggy, and had a picnic beside a foggy, rainy, Allison Lake. We just toodled along, stopping when we felt like it, finally checking in at the Ramada in Merritt, and of course the girls were thrilled with the proceedings. A POOL! Boston Pizza for supper, the playground down the street afterwards, then cartoons in the room and a stack of kids' books.

In the morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, then coffee at a great local cafe (not just great for Merritt, actually great), then I went riding for a few hours with Angelo, who came up to meet me from Vancouver (...again, this is almost becoming traditional: April '05, June '05 and May '06). Seriously awesome riding, with the Godey Creek trails in perfect condition from recent downpours, then a pub lunch and a couple of beers with him later...pretty much my ideal father's day, combining a super family outing with single-guy good livin'.

6 comments:

Angelo said...

Neither one of us has been single for an awful long time now, so I'm not sure how you equate a great ride and a pub lunch as "single-guy good livin'"... I never lived this good when I was single.

Jeremy said...

HA haha...good point. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek.

Heather said...

Oh, man! Are we finally there for cherry season? Yay!

Jeremy said...

Yup, you should just catch the beginning of cherry season here...early on, we mostly get them from further south (and more expensive), but they're very close now. Maybe we'll even get to go pick some -- pretty fun.

Garth said...

I think that is the first family picture I've seen where everyone is wearing a helmet - and one that only cyclists can fully appreciate I suppose. Although the bikes are missing...?

Jeremy said...

Yeah, would have been nice to get the bikes in too...but we were at the top of a little knoll that is not bike-friendly, so they were down at the bottom.