October!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

October is my favourite month; a bittersweet interlude between summer and winter. Here in Alberta, it arrives amidst a blaze of colour, but by the end of the month, there will likely be snow on the ground. Each golden day is a treasure.

The tiny hamlet of Gwynne, located midway between Camrose and Wetaskiwin, is nestled in a valley that is absolutely gorgeous in the fall. We often take that route on our way to Edmonton, but until today we’d never stopped to explore the area. I recently learned of two hiking trails in the valley, however, and they were today’s destination.

The first, officially called the CPR Canyon Hiking Trail, is a relatively easy 4 km walk along a creek. The name seems apt as the railway follows the creek on the opposite bank and three trains rumbled by while we were hiking. It’s known locally, however, as Chickadee Trail and we soon found out why!

The inquisitive little critters were landing on my outstretched hand before we even took any food out of the pack on Richard’s back. Soon we were sharing lunch!

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There were six geocaches hidden along the trail which added to our fun.

The second trail circled through Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands where we searched out three more geocaches and enjoyed some spectacular views including an oxbow lake.

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There are clearly many more trails criss-crossing the conservation area and we found a lovely little campground close by, so I suspect that we’ll be spending more time there in the future.

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I have no idea how far we walked today, but my knees are telling the tale this evening and it’s time to go soak in a hot bath!

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Hopefully October holds many more days like this one!

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. inhaleexhaleume
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 22:52:48

    I share your love for that quote and what it means! Great post!

    Reply

  2. Jan Bergseth
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 23:08:34

    Elaine, you and Richard should write a tour book about all the neat places to check out in our area 🙂 You find the coolest places!

    Reply

  3. Glenys
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 19:25:03

    Always love your posts! So interesting. This last one almost makes me want to move “home”.
    There are also lots of beautiful sites around Maple Creek! (hint, hint)

    Reply

    • edebock
      Oct 03, 2015 @ 12:24:21

      Considering the fact that my brother lives just across the border at Irvine, we really do need to get down that way again one of these days.

      Reply

  4. Muddy mum
    Oct 03, 2015 @ 15:42:41

    Gorgeous. I want to share my lunch with that bird (and find those caches!)

    Reply

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