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.
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.
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……………