Our Nelson trip was quite awesome. It was filled with all sorts of little adventures that happen to happen to you on a road trip. We had a little bit of everything, from an encounter with a black bear to a car that didn't want to start, from crappy coffee to amazing ricotta gnocchi, from beautiful sunshine to fog and rain. Everything seems to be possible once you get out of your everyday routine.
We took the scenic route (the Crowsnest Highway) to Osoyoos, then went up north through the Okanagan Valley and from Vernon followed Highway 6 to Nelson. Our car was a trusted friend, being not just our means of transportation, but also giving us a roof over our heads. However, getting it started proved to be a different story altogether. Therefore we had to extend our holiday and spent some extra time in Mission on our way back.
In Nelson we got to try quite a few very decent coffee shops (drinking awesome coffee is, next to baking bread, another of our most important culinary pastimes), miss out on the Saturday's farmers market (the first of the season!) due to our late arrival, and found all bakeries closed for the weekend.
At Bibo we enjoyed great service and an awesome dinner, accompanied by some fantastic wine from the Okanagen: Joie. A Noble Blend (2011). It's a blend of mostly Riesling and Gewürztraminer with exotic fruit characters and a refreshing acidity; very well-balanced.
Now we are back home, excited to be baking some loaves very soon. We shall keep you posted!