On 3 April 2001, Evalyn Wood, Kelly Wood, and I
hiked up to the Keremeos Columns, a strange formation of rocks peeling
off the side of a ridge. The hike begins near a farmhouse outside
the town of Keremeos, B.C. (about a 45-minute drive southwest of Penticton),
and right off the bat, we were greeted by the farm's only full-time tour
guide, an enthusiastic border collie. I would guess that this dog
has probably been to the Columns countless times, but nevertheless, he/she
faithfully accompanied us all the way up and all the way down. Much
of the hike is along a dirt road which made for easy though somewhat tedious
progress. Higher up, we encountered some light snowfall, but we had
no problems finding the Columns which are secluded in a small forest just
below the top of the ridge. The Columns are apparently slowly collapsing,
but I took a chance anyway and climbed up to the base to see them up close.
Witnessing no dramatic tumbles, we ate a quiet lunch before heading back
to the farm.