Keremeos Columns
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.
A Steep Grunt
Kelly and Evalyn hike up the steep dirt track.
The Columns At Last!
Kelly reaches the Keremeos Columns.
Tempting Fate
Sonny gets up close to provide some perspective.