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I See Yellow

Yellow + Blue = Beautiful

A particularly yellow walk after work through the museum, and then over to Glenora/Oliver. Nothing remarkable, other than the sunshine and blue sky.

Sunny after work walk through the museum
My favourite view from the musuem

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…

20C, windy. 10,613 steps.

The Old Museum in Old Glenora

The old museum sunning itself

[Addendum: I’ve uploaded better photos from a June 29 walk.]

Very often, after my work day is over, I walk over to Glenora to ‘pick up’ Tom and then we walk back to my place. It’s a relatively short walk, about 25 minutes, but I can make it longer by walking via Mackinnon Ravine, or finding different ways to get to where I’m going.

Front entrance

Today, I wandered around the old provincial museum grounds, which I haven’t been to in many years, and I’m not sure I ever walked around the perimeter, at least not unless I had aged relatives with me.

First Nations hieroglyphs

It’s such a beautiful piece of land, right above the river valley. I really like the new museum downtown but this location is unbeatable, and full of childhood memories. It’s possible the old museum will be torn down, and the grounds will no longer be accessible to the public. Who knows?

Not sure if this fountain is dry because the museum is closed, or for budgetary reasons
Beautiful and weird

Walk while you can, and if you have a moment, sign the petition to save this beautiful piece of Edmonton’s history.

This wall sculpture is pretty weird tho’
Animal wall sculpture on the east wall
The trail behind the museum, soon to be explored!

From the petition site, a little more about the museum (by June Acorn):

Built in 1965, the Alberta Provincial Museum Building on 102 Avenue and 129th Street in Edmonton stands as a true gem of modernist yet historic Alberta architecture. This beautiful structure is adorned by fossil-rich Tyndall Limestone from the Red River Formation, extensive marble interiors and exquisite brass fittings. The South face of the build has reproductions of the First Nations hieroglyphs of Writing-On-Stone Provincial park carved into the walls. The building is a cherished place for generations of Albertans and the site of many wonderful memories of learning and discovery. The grounds of the building are already a beautiful green space and the new building stands in elegant relation to the also historic Government House.