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River hikes

Monday, April 29, 2019

I enjoyed two great hikes with my friend Hanne this week. Both hikes were along the river, in an area dominated by Ponderosa Pine instead of Juniper. That made the air quality much better for me, because I am very allergic to Juniper pollen..

First hike was in Shevlin Park. The loop hike is about 5 1/2 miles. We both used to think this trail was easier! We first hiked it 25 years ago. Now we are older, and it seems much hillier and longer.

Red twig dogwood is still visible. But there are tiny buds on the red branches, and soon it will be covered with green. We snowshoed in this area just two months ago; the snow was very deep but it has all disappeared.

The manzanita bushes were blooming. I love the little pink bells of their flowers; such a nice contrast to the mahogany colored bark.

My friend Hanne is standing on the covered bridge, which is slated for demolition. None of the park users wants a bridge to be removed, but the parks department is insistent.

Our second hike was on the aptly named good dog trail. I think the dogs out numbered the people; all of them seemed happy with a wagging tails and smiling faces. The trail is about 4 miles long.

Hanne and Don

Rock climbers were scaling the cliff above the river.

And a young couple was doing acrobatic yoga poses on the edge of another cliff.

I greatly enjoyed both my hikes this week.

Last night, my friend Barbara took me to the Banff film Festival on tour. It was a great movie festival and supporting a worthy cause (alternative school with a strong outdoor adventure component). We went out to dinner ahead of time; and the healthy restaurant we planned to go to was not serving food because the chef was sick. I ended up eating food I should not have eaten. I’m going out to dinner again tonight, and I need to make better choices. Step one will be no margaritas!
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    Those two people are nutty doing poses like that on the edge of cliffs! emoticon
    What a nice hike! You're doing great!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have you ever out the hemp balm on your knees? Sure helps mine! Have a good Sunday and week ahead. emoticon
    215 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon I'm jealous! (stuck inside @ work) ... rrr-hem, I mean... I am so glad to have a job... I'll walk during my lunch break and dream of riverbanks, red willows and covered bridges.

    Peace and Care
    217 days ago
    Loved sharing in the hikes with you. Just awesome! Ole to a better day! emoticon
    218 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your hikes with us
    218 days ago
    Love the pictures! Crazy yogis!
    219 days ago
    Beautiful scenery (as usual) and so good to see Hanne enjoying it too. I have been thinking of her running out of oxygen...............has she ever thought of checking out the oxygen tank that they advertise on TV that makes its own oxygen from the air and there is no danger of ever running out?

    The Banff Film Festival sounded very good. You always have so many interesting activities to take part in.

    We had a few snow flurries on Saturday, but didn't get the heavy snows...........they went South of us. I actually planted some annuals in pots for our deck on Sunday, but won't set them out just yet. It is still very cool and rainy.
    220 days ago
    emoticon glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing such spectacular views with us.
    220 days ago
    Sounds like you had everything well planned, but didn’t count on a sick chef.
    220 days ago
    Gorgeous location. Love these pics.
    220 days ago
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