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!