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.
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.
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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Today eight of us cleared the trail with chain saws, weed eaters, clippers and signs. There now is a beaver dam to cross to get to the lunch spot by the ponds which seemed fairly sturdy.
We need to revisit this section later in the season to protect the walls in the shelter at Berg Stopover as well as see to fixing the boardwalk at the beginning. A shorter but intense work day with coffee in Beaumont.