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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.
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.
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 scenery. It was a sunny day, but a few wispy clouds marred the otherwise blue sky.
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.
A great walk of just over 7 km (4 1/3 miles). Nice chance to soak up the sunshine.