Fish Creek Provincial Park is Canada’s second largest urban park (Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto is tops in the country). Fish Creek features 80 kilometres (50 miles) of trails, the tiniest fraction of which I accomplished this morning. But what a lovely start to the day!
Dropping in with a quick entry…I’m still swamped with a pile of projects but it’s good to take a breather. Plans for a couple of hours of ice fishing today were quashed by howling Chinook winds and, in many places, nearly a foot of water rushing over top of the ice. For several weeks prior to this, our temperatures were in the mid-minus twenties (Celsius) and today we were sitting at almost thirty five degrees warmer. This ice boat we found sitting on the lake may wind up in the drink if this keeps up!
Mount Black Prince with Warspite Lake in foreground, Kananaskis Country – snowshoe trek on 6 February 2016. Venturing across the lake would have been too risky due to avalanches.
The ranch lands in the foothills of the Rockies have been repeatedly Chinook-scoured – you won’t find much snow out here right now! I took these photos on January 30, just east of Chain Lakes, where my hubby, brother, and I had spent a few hours ice fishing.
*If you’re interested, here’s the Cowboy Trail route information. It’s a very scenic (if a bit meandering) 700 kilometer drive partway across the province. We’ve traveled it on numerous occasions, albeit not the whole thing all at once.
A quick shot from a not-snowshoeing trip my hubby and I took on the weekend out to Cross Conservation Area – you can see that our Chinook winds have been doing a fine job of eating all the snow we had earlier in the year. One fun part of hiking or snowshoeing Cross in the wintertime is that you get to share the land with a huge herd of grazing cattle – but of course it means you have to be extra-careful about where you place your feet! ;
Bowmont Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta. Photographed 2 January 2014.
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What have you got planned? I’m hoping the weather will finally break and I can get out for a long walk, but it’s snowing like mad now and there is still a high wind chill. Maybe tomorrow! 🙂
What a fabulous start to the week! We’ve had such a marvellous break in the weather in southern Alberta these past couple of days – a far cry from the wind and snowstorms of last week. Although we’re not technically under the influence of a Chinook, the bright sunshine and balmy temperatures have gobbled up the snow and I came back from my walk on Nose Hill this afternoon with my boots caked in mud. It felt positively spring-like!
I just wish I could somehow store this warmth for those upcoming days when it’s minus forty and blowing snow! Surely someone can create an app for that? 😉
What have you got going on this week? Any fun plans or new projects?