Wow, that was a great getaway in the Thompson-Okanagan region! We hooked up with some Kootenay and Okanagan friends to fit in some caching, camping, beach days, wineries and made it home in one piece on the last ferry.
Dave at the Red Rooster Winery,
Sun-Oka Provincial Park beach,
an amazing road to Vinette Lake
finding a 2002 Deadman River/Falls cache with a river crossing - 4m back from the 200' drop into the horseshoe canyon
and a Min of Forests Rec Site on a lake with our own beach where we camped on our last night and woke up to Loons calling on our last morning
In case anyone from the Island is interested - our driving time from Merritt to the ferry was well under 4 hours. After getting off the Coquihalla, we decided to skip the #1 from Hope and drove the Lougheed Highway to Mission instead, then Harris Road to 56th Avenue and onto #10 to Ladner.