Sunday 13 November 2016

Bow River Pathway Bridges Druid Walk

Our next walk will be November 27th, along the Bow River.  We will meet at 10:30 am at the Calgary Curling Club parking lot along Memorial Drive.  The address is 720 3rd Street NW.     We will then walk west along the Bow River to the Peace Bridge, and if the weather is nice,  farther to the next Bridge towards Kensinton.
We will  cross the river and walk East through Prince's Island Park, and grab a coffee at Eau Claire Market before heading back across the river to the curling club.

It sounds more complicated than it is.  

See you there!

Confluence Park and Birth Place Forest

We had a wonderful walk with new friends amongst the 6000 trees planted here at Confluence Park in 2007.   It is a shame that the planting of Birth Place forests did not continue after 2009.  These little trees have done well, and grown significantly since the last time I walked here, a year ago.

There was frost on the ground, but the sun was shining and quickly melting all signs of the cold weather.  It was a day to be wrapped up in warm wooly clothes, but after a few minutes of walking, we were warm enough.

It looked like the grasses and wild flowers had grown very tall over the summer,  making this a sort of 'wild space', although a relatively new park.  The forest is on a formerly bare hill top, overlooking Nose Creek.  The trees are becoming a wonderful wind break.

Piles of sandstone rocks add visual interest, and if you use your imagination a bit, can remind one of Standing Stones.

The trees are planted around the outside of the space,  leaving a long narrow meadow in between.   This is a very quite space, even though it is so close to the busy Beddington Trail roadway.   It was quite amazing how as soon as we left the little forest,  the sound of traffic bombarded us in the parking lot.

Most of the leaves had already fallen, but here and there where a few still hanging on.     The fox tail was very pretty, with its purple, green and gold colours in the sun.

Looking to the North, we could see the walking trails along Nose Creek Parkway, and across to the community of Harvest Hills.

Over this last little hill is the parking lot,  and back to the noise and bustle of the city.
In fact, after our walk, we drove off to Starbucks to continue the visit over hot drinks.

Blessings to all,