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Day 2: #TheTripTWN stops to smell the roses...or see the mountains

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By Arda Ocal
Reporter, The Weather Network
@arda_ocal
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:01

In the world of WWE there is a character named "Bad News Barrett," who brings unpleasant information to the audience, always starting his speeches with, "I'm afraid I've got some bad news." I feel like I should begin my weather forecasts with the exact same line - no matter what city I'm in, even parts of the country where it should be much warmer.... "I'm afraid I've some bad news." Remember a few months ago when I started a petition to cancel winter? Well...

This morning in Kelowna was -17 with the windchill. Much lower than the seasonal average. But truthfully, we and others didn't care. It was day one of #TheTripTWN, and we were pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up to participate at UBC's Okanagan campus. I have to give huge props to my high school pal Liz Hilliard and the rest of the UBCO crew for inviting people out, even bringing giveaways and snacks. It was very well put together.


Some behind the scenes pictures from the day:

Before we got to UBCO, we had to pack everything in our trusty Weather Network vehicle - Liz had her bags, Caaleb has his bags and all the camera equipment, and I packed my entire life into four bags...well, that caused this.

Liz has been teasing me the entire trip that I pack like a Diva. I prefer the term 'Divo'.

Meet my new friends, Scorch and Ogi. My no. 1 and no. 2 draft picks during the game. I wondered if the volunteers inside the costumes were freezing because they were standing (and dancing) outside as part of the festivities. They, in animated fashion, shook their heads no. Good sports.

A shot of everyone who played. Final score was Team RA (Residence Advisers) 5, Team Weather Network 3. Tough first game.. blame it on me, I had a penalty shot to take the lead (live on the morning show) and hit the cross bar!

After the shinny game, we sat down for some complimentary hotel breakfast (let's face it, everything tastes better when it's free).

Here is producer Liz eating her 17th Pancake.

Neil Young is a Loyal Weather Network viewer! 

This is not a false statement... maybe I should specify that the Neil Young I'm speaking of is not the Canadian Folk Music icon, but our new friend who works at the Holiday Inn we stayed at.

He told us a funny story where he once bought a car from a salesman whose name was Keith Richards. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

After we wrapped up shooting in Kelowna (which included a three-part hardline investigation into the Ogopogo Monster which you can see on The Weather Network), we traveled to Vernon. Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses ... or see the mountains. I don't think I'll ever get tired of this. I'm thanking the heavens, for those wondering.

Finally we arrived at our hotel in Vernon.. when you're a big deal like I am, sometimes you have to check into hotels under an alias.... or your four letter name is so odd to people they constantly spell it wrong.

Does anyone else out there feel my pain? (my favorite incorrect spelling is ""Ardum"... that has literally happened... and I don't mean the 14-year-old teen's usage of "literally"... I mean literally literally!)

Wednesday morning we are at the Vernon Parks and Recreation Centre downtown playing outdoor shinny on ice with a minor hockey boys team! 

Time to lace up the skates and score some goals!


As always, follow along on Twitter and send your pictures/comments using #TheTripTWN.


THE TRIP: Keep checking back on this page, as we will be constantly uploading videos and blogs from the journey!


Tune in - we will be live on the air in BC and across the country on The Weather Network morning show.

See you on the ice!

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