Tired of the same old, same old walks, we opted to drive into Edmonton on this grey, but, warm day, for a walk along the North Saskatchewan River from Whitemud Park to the Fort Edmonton footbridge and back, a distance of some 5.5 km. We thought we could get away from traffic noise, but, no such luck. Fort Edmonton was undergoing some construction and the noise from this and Fox Drive, Whitemud Drive and the far distant Anthony Henday Freeway never left us alone.
However, the scenes along the trail were worth it and even on this dull grey day, we managed to find bright spots of colour.
Winter’s grey skies make it tempting to stay
snuggled warm inside, for most of the day,
but, winter’s too long to stay locked indoors,
with so many paths for us to explore.
All bundled up, to stop any shiver,
we head away, to walk by the river,
down by water’s edge, a marvelous sight,
ice bergs and frazil pans in winter white,
cascading down stream with swift river flow,
others left hung up, with no place to go.
Snow covered trees lining snow covered trails,
we passed hikers and dogs with wagging tails,
from footbridge, we watch ice pans filled with cracks,
before turning back, again making tracks.
North Saskatchewan River and Whitemud Creek near the start, complete with ice bergs and frazil ice.
The river alongside Fort Edmonton Park and from the Fort Edmonton footbridge. The 5th and 6th pix show what happens when an ice flow hits a bridge pier. The frazils fractured slightly and continued on.
Vignettes along the way and back.