That’s So 2020 – A Walk in the Park

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All photos taken during our December 2, 2020 walk

Here we are in December and this Covid year will end in less than a month, before turning the page to a more uplifting?? chapter in 2021.

We have been keeping pretty much to ourselves, except for social media and telephone visits and our walks have been mostly confined to within the boundaries of our small city. However, with some errands to run in Edmonton and the promise of some nice weather, we set off hopefully for a river valley walk. This time, we were determined to hike along the Eastern section, starting in Capilano Park, just off 50th Street and South of 109A Avenue.

As we neared the river, we could see signs of construction and the approach road to the park was totally blocked off. Hmmmm, not a good start. Three (well maybe 5) point turn around, back up the hill and West on 109A along the park boundary, until we could find an easy park access point.

Car parked, spikes down on spiked boots, backpack shouldered and we were off.

Our park access point.

The recent melt had put a bit of a crust on the snow and we were glad for our spikes which kept us balanced over our feet. Down in the park, we spotted a narrow trail through the trees and we hiked along East toward the foot bridge.

After a bit of a steep climb, we found ourselves on the footbridge ready to cross the river to the North bank.

There were only a few people (and dogs) out and about, so we took our time crossing and enjoyed the views of the river and the city skyline some 2 km away. A set of new wooden stairs gleamed golden on the North bank, so much better than the steep mud path that used to lead down to the trail.

From the top of the steps, looking South
We were surprised to see the river so open and with such a buildup of shore ice.
Looking back East to the footbridge
No, Duh!!!

You should know that this trail runs along the river quite close to a waste water treatment plant and the aroma was far from pleasant for the first half of our walk. Still, in all, we managed an enjoyable walk on this warm day, enjoying the ice gleams and patterns (future post) and the bird activities (future post).

The trail.

The scenery. It was a sunny day, but a few wispy clouds marred the otherwise blue sky.

Suddenly, after passing under the Capilano Freeway Bridge, the waste water plant smells stopped….or did we just get used to them?

The trees grew a bit taller, more varied and provided a lot of character.

Arriving in Kinnaird Park, we started to see more people and more dogs, but we took the high road up to a viewpoint part way up the North River bank and basked in the warm sunshine. I took off my winter puffy coat and enjoyed the December weather in shirtsleeves.

Sunshine soaked in, it was time for the return trip, where we met more people and dogs and had to pull off the trail, from time to time, so we could maintain physical distance. The light had shifted and shadows were deepening, creating interesting shading on the old trees and changing the gleam of the ice. At the wooden stairs, we met a couple who were ignoring the rules about repetitive exercise (running the stairs). We managed to reach the top and headed back across the footbridge.

Not the prettiest view to the East, waste water treatment plant in the foreground and petro refineries behind created an industrial look and smell that seemed to cloud the air with a yellowish haze. Glad we were mostly upwind.
I could think of a better place for a physical distance visit than in the aroma zone of the sewage plant, but…
One last climb back up to the car.

A great walk of just over 7 km (4 1/3 miles). Nice chance to soak up the sunshine.

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.

11 thoughts on “That’s So 2020 – A Walk in the Park

  1. As our cities grow and more people move into already crowded spaces, what do we need to do to transform our urban areas into healthy places to live? We need more trees in our streets, plants in our gardens and flowers on our balcony. We need nature as our neighbour all the time. I am glad to see that there are plenty of green spaces where you can stretch your legs in Edmonton. Thanks for sharing and have a good day, Allan 🙂 Aiva

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    1. It is nice yo see that the city forefathers had the foresight to set aside parkland and green spaces for all. The problem now is to keep the intact as the city expands and development space becomes rarer and more expensive. The water treatment plant at the end of this walk is expanding and while it is necessary, it is not a good sign for the green space. Thanks for reading Aiva. Have a great weekend. Allan

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