One of the great things about moving to a new city is that there is so much to discover. We were feeling like a good walk but we didn’t want to do the now well-trod ‘round the hood route. We rolled the dice (using the Windows Phone app) on a Sunday afternoon and were thrilled to see our Zufall Zone show up on the other side of the lake.

The Kelowna area has a lake running right down the middle of it and all too often crossing the bridge seems like too much effort. Well, the dice told us to cross, so over we went. We found ourselves entering the Zufall Zone just inside Rose Valley and to our delight we spotted a parking lot for the regional park.

There wasn’t much in the way of maps, but the sign post did boast about wildlife and views. We took the trail going straight up the mountain (gluttons for punishment, we are). The trail was rocky, the forest sparse, the moss magically dewy and the air crisp – and I should know because I was huffing and puffing as we climbed.

The peak of the trail was shrouded in a mist that stole our view and the ground was dusted with snow. There were remnants of an old forest fire with charred trunks and skeletal trees. The path brought us around the peak and revealed a beautiful view of Rose Lake.

All too often the little lakes get forgotten in favour of big Lake Okanagan. We vowed to return and even plotted our route down to the lake for a summer picnic and dip.

After that, we promptly got lost. GPS helped us find our way back to the car, so being lost wasn’t that big of a deal. Besides, the trail, the mossy forest, the changing view and the sun beaming down on us made for a perfect afternoon. It’s always amazing how rolling the dice can deliver a great time and help us discover our new backyard playground.

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