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Groat Road

Groat Road from the 102 Ave bridge

And now a word about Groat Road.

It’s carved into the river valley. The views as a driver and as a pedestrian are beautiful. It can be dangerous because it’s voluptuous and curvy. It’s also fun to drive.

There is a road down there some place….

When I’m walking to Tom’s I have to cross it at some point. Because it curves, it’s closest to me when I take the 102 Avenue route, crossing over the bridge at about 126th Street. If I walk over to 107th, there’s another bridge on about 131st. The 102 route is much nicer, and once I cross the bridge, I’m at the museum, one of my favourite walks these days.

On the bridge over Groat Road looking east

When I started out on my walk, I was only planning on taking one photo, but it’s just impossible. Everywhere you look it’s gorgeous. I thought I was going to get rained on, but literally only one drop, and a distant, too faint for a photo rainbow.

The old provincial museum
That view (at the museum) never disappoints
More of that gorgeous trail…
Red, red leaves, goes to my head…
Hello river…
Only one drop…
YOU SHALL NOT RAIN

20C, windy. 10,613 steps.

Autumn Eve

View from Ezio Faraone Park

Another amazeballs walk, this time on Autumn Eve around lunchtime. Always funny how when Autumn hits every year (this year, September 22), it’s already Peak Fall in Edmonton, followed in quick succession by the brown season and then snow. Nevertheless, it’s very beautiful and we’ve been getting great weather, but the ominous presence of winter looms.

A lunchtime walk on the trail above Victoria Park Golf Course
You look pretty Victoria Park Golf Course
High Level Bridge
The rare species known as ‘red flowers’
Ezio Faraone Park

A bit windy, but about 18C and very colourful. 10,222 steps.

Even the gutters are pretty

Uh Oh It’s Autumn

Hmm…something’s different….

Welp, it really autumn’d this week. Still mostly green, but the uptick in red and yellow just in one week is astonishing. Also it was chilly, about 10C. Also it was cloudy, which gets a big boo from me. But still a nice late after-work walk in the usual places (Oliver, Museum, Glenora…).

Suddenly, fall. Taken near the paved trail into the river valley in Glenora, east of the fountain
Now in red
Now in green
Whuh happened to the green??

Labour Day Loveliness

Purplely and pleasurable!

Surprise! Another gorgeous after-work walk. 14,488 steps. 24C AND it’s a long weekend!! This will mostly be a photo post. It’s been a long week, and it’s always so rejuvenating to head out after work into the river valley, which is still sporting so much colour.

On my way…
More purplely pleasure!
Yellowy yarrow (I think)
Thickly thistlely I
Thickly thistlely II
The start of MacKinnon Ravine, looking east
MacKinnon Ravine, looking north
Leaves I
Leaves II
Leaves III

Tufted Caterpillar

Party in the front AND the back!

Met a little friend on my after-work walk to Tom’s – a Spotted Tussock Caterpillar, also known as a Woolly Bear Caterpillar also known as a Tufted Teddy Bear Caterpillar! They are not uncommon, but it’s always nice to see one. They look like they would have nice personalities.

Victoria Hill Road area, on the stairs leading into the golf course

My camera, if I use the wide angle setting, can give really interesting effects, but it also distorts on the edge. Trying to get as much green in my photos as possible as we head into Fall. Once again it was windy but it got up to 21C. 11,773 steps.

It’s NOT fall…

A calm river

We’ve had some coolish temperatures in the last couple of days and a few, yellow leaves are blowing around on the ground. I am not looking forward to Autumn. It’s beautiful, and in the thick of it, I love it, but it’s always too soon. Always. We never get a full August without some hint of autumn in the canopy. And once it starts, it’s so quick. As I have said before, September (along with May) is the most changeable month. It starts out summery, and by the end, it is almost past-peak fall.

Folks having fun on the golf course…
A summer scene…

The day started off very grey and cold, but by the afternoon the sun was shining. I had planned on making some pies with a huge bag of Tom’s apples, but the draw of the summer afternoon was too strong.

Green!

It was very cheering to walk into the river valley via the Victoria Golf Course and be surrounded by deep, deep green and full, swaying foliage. There were lots of golfers and some physically distant activity happening on the grounds, with the sound of laughter wafting through the trees. It was all so…normal. Kind of a gift.

More river
Heading into MacKinnon Ravine

Once I was past the golf course, I walked along river road and then up into Glenora via the paved trail. It really felt like summer. I then met up with Tom and we walked back into Oliver via the museum, now a favourite route. I ended up with about 15,000 steps. The temperature never got above 18C, but that was OK. The good news? It’s still summer.

Summer