Maintenance News at Miquelon: Water Water Everywhere!

On Wednesday ten of us started work at Miquelon A84; soon finding a new pond we needed to skirt, then arrived at our 10 section boardwalk over a bigger pond with one end needing a ramp, the other another needing 15 ft added. Then as we stepped on it, the walkway sank below the water……..sooo we moved on to a closer prospective mushroom trail; North Miquelon. We found a lot of down trees and our chain saw misbehaved…..coulda used two, thought of it too late. Working hard, one weed eater handle broke in half. There was new water everywhere; albeit this time it was passable. Some of the more recently used field pathways looked less inviting than the wooded former trail in a couple of places….so we may reinstate those next time. We experienced a new coffee place better located for the Coal Lake & Camrose volunteers in New Sarepta at the Market restaurant, and found it was a bit expensive for us, although looked good to try for a meal.

Hiking Source of the Blackmud

Last Sunday’s hike is definite proof that you should never, ever, hold out for “better weather on another day,” when you can hike the “Source of the Blackmud” in the middle of May.

Emerging sage

For if you did postpone, you would miss the cool fresh air on your face…the excitement of swallows shooting in and out of nest boxes…and the dazzle of emerging green foliage, early blue violets, and yellow buttercups.



Twelve hardy people participated in the hike. It was a pleasant day out for all of us.

Lunch was spent on a lovely hill overlooking the north end of North Coal Lake.

Hiking Gwynne and the Chickadee Trail

On May 13, Waskahegan veteran Oscar Z. led hikers along two of his favourite sections of the Trail. A steady drizzle did not deter 16 hikers, and they were rewarded when the drizzle stopped just as the hike began.

The Gwynne hike runs along the tableland for much of its length, offering fine views of Pipestone Creek below, the Battle River Valley to the east, and frequent glimpses of Coal Lake to the north.

John S., who helped maintain this trail just days before, enjoys the fruits of his labour.
Horses as curious as we were.
Who says central Alberta is flat?

Four of the hikers also chose to hike the Chickadee Trail. Down in the valley alongside a tributary of Pipestone Creek, it offers intimate views of the creek and the rail line on the shore opposite.

Gail G., hike leader Oscar Z., and Ben N. alongside a tributary of Pipestone Creek.

It was a great pleasure to have two new WTA members and six other guests join in on this wonderful day.

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