The Current Normal – Lookin’ for Adventure

An obvious homage to the third line of Born to be Wild by Canadian rocker John Kay and Steppenwolf, one of my ultimate driving songs.

November 3, 2020 bore the promise of another fine day, with predicted highs of +14 C (57 F) and light winds. It was a bit overcast, but we could see patches of blue sky over Edmonton. Given we had cycled a total of 55 km ( 34 miles) on the two previous days, we were not keen to be back in the saddle so soon. Instead we opted for a walk in Edmonton, similar to the one we had on September 24, 2020, but perhaps with a bit more adventure. Little did we know when we set off, what awaited us.

We started out heading West from the Kinsmen Fieldhouse and found the landscape vastly changed. Oh, the leaves were all still there, but they were no longer attached to the trees.

No sun dappled staircases on this day.

We opted to take the less travelled dirt path used by the mountain bikers.

It was a bit slippery in places, but we soon made it back onto pavement and the now wide open views of the river.

Blue skies were beginning to be a possibility as we continued on toward Emily Murphy Park. Despite the warmer temperatures, there was ice, wherever flowing water had occurred on the hillside.

We spotted a school outing in play as we crossed the park. No more leafy bower on this date. Fencing and straw bales had been positioned for the coming tobogganing season.

The bridge work on Groat Bridge was all but done, so we had a better walking path this time, that is, until we ran into a Bobcat sweeping up concrete construction dust into a choking cloud. The views were much better with the hoarding fences removed.

At MacKinnon Ravine Park, we finally found our little bit of adventure. Instead of staying down on the easy trails, we opted to hike up the steep Alberta Museum hill (mainly suitable for hang glider launches and neck breaking toboggan runs). It was a steep climb, but easily doable.

The Royal Alberta Museum has long been relocated, but the closed museum building, Government House (used for high level provincial government meetings and the Lieutenant Governor’s New Year’s Day Levee) and the historical carriage house were still in position.

Just West of the Museum grounds, we found ourselves on Wellington Crescent in Glenora and paused at a suitable bench for a picnic lunch. The views were pretty good, as usual.

The fall foliage had mostly fallen, but a few leaves remained.

Lunch over, we spotted another bench further West that we would hike to so we could extend our adventure. Strolling along the crescent, we admired the historical homes. I captured images of a few for, Bernie, one of my loyal readers.

It was in this area that some of the scenes for the movie Snow Day had been filmed. This Crescent was a short loop and we again found our way back to 102 Avenue, opted to pass by Tweedsmuir Crescent and crossed the bridge crossing Ramsay Ravine. Crossing the bridge, we looked for a path that might take us into the ravine safely.

At long last, we turned into Wellington Crescent, one of the most prestigious locations to build fine homes in the early days of Edmonton and ever since. The houses ran the gamut from historical to more modern. It was good to be walking down memory lane once again, as we used to walk here regularly more than 30 years ago.

At long last, we arrived at the bench with the view and paused to take it all in.

Panorama looking over to the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club (scene of our first date in 1975) and Hawrelak Park
Looking back East to downtown.

Seeing how far away we were from our starting point (and our car), we opted to turn back and retrace our steps. It was then that we thought we saw an alternative route for a shortcut……

Stay tuned, as the adventure continues……………

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

13 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Lookin’ for Adventure

  1. I like the houses, there is an interesting diversity of styles, and their maintenance is very attentive.
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  2. Beautiful views over the river and so many incredible houses, too. I love how in the autumn month when the trees are stripped away from their colourful leaves it’s still possible to find beauty in nature and little details. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day, Allan 🙂

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    1. It is definitely a posh area. When we were first married, we would walk through this area and dram of owning on of these homes. Did not happen. Still, in all, it was a great place to walk. Thanks for reading Aiva. Enjoy the weekend. Allan

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