Into the Unknown – a Slippery Slope

All photos taken during our February 1, 2021 river valley walk in Edmonton

Every time we go for a walk recently, we think of our November 3/20 ravine misadventures and much as we vow to not be as adventurous again, we always break that vow. The slope we usually climb looked to well sued and slippery, so we opted to head East along the river bank before going up. Despite being less travelled, it was likely no less slippery. After a bit of exertion, we managed to drag ourselves to the top, saving steps, but likely not saving time.

A Slippery Slope ©

Clambouring upward,

we fought to keep our feet on

a slippery slope.

On the flat at this point
we soon found the upward path
which grew ever steeper
but, what a view, as we paused to catch our breath
before struggling on up the slope
pausing for photos of sun dappled splendour
and climbing over fallen trees
At long last, we gained the top and said “Never Again”…Yeah Right!

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.

20 thoughts on “Into the Unknown – a Slippery Slope

  1. I understand why you did it. Snow makes everything look different. It becomes quiet, you can almost hear your own breathing and all looks beautiful with a blanket of snow. Lovely Pictures – Love Joni

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    1. I think going up was easier. It lulls you into a false sense of security. Had the choice been to go downhill, we likely would have erred on the side of caution, but it was a pretty slope. Thanks for reading Joni. Hope all is well. Allan

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      1. Yes, thank you Allan, and I really enjoyed your post. It was so beautiful however. I don’t know if you have ever been snow skiing but when there is fresh snow and not many people around it is so quiet and peaceful, I use to just stop and listen to the lack of noise and the beauty around me and it seemed unreal, I am guessing you felt a bit of that. Sending love to you and your loved ones. Joni

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      2. Snowy slopes are sublime, especially on the ski hill, first thing in the morning, before the crowds arrive. We have skied for 40 years, but I fear my last trip at age 65 was likely it. Stay well and thanks for the love. Back at you Joni. Allan

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      3. Wow great job. It is not easy to snow ski all day, which you have to do to get your money’s worth. I loved skiing with my daughter when she was little. You know what I am talking about then, that amazing quiet. Take care Allan Hugs, Joni

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  2. Many people think that cooler temperatures and shorter days are a natural pairing with Netflix marathons. But, in fact, winter can be one of the nicest times of year to go hiking if you are dressed properly. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Agreed. Binge watching is for the long winter nights. Best to get outside in the daylight and explore. After all, in winter, there are no mosquitoes and the trails are not crowded. Thanks for reading Aiva. Have a great week. Allan

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    1. I agree. Being the first tracks through new snow can be fun, if it is a sunny day. And in the long approach to spring in this part of the world, a few coats of fresh white can also be a blessing. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. Thanks CarMac. We are lucky to have places to walk that are close by and not too busy, during Covid. Our favourite, Bunchberry Meadows is closed right now for rehabilitation and we are missing our walks there. Hope you are enjoying some time in the outdoors and doing well. Thanks for reading. Allan


    1. We may have to grow old, but we don’t have to grow up. This was only a one way trip up (a short cut to avoid the dog park congestion). Not sure we would have tried to go down. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Agreed. There have been times we got to the top of a slope only to turn around and wonder how the heck we got there and how we would get down. Must have to do with facing the slope. Found the same thing when we ski. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


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