Fourteen people came out to hike the trails at Miquelon Provincial Park—our first hike in the country in a month.
The day started out sunny, and considerably warmer than the temperatures earlier in the week. The fresh layer of snow that had fallen a few days before. It did a nice job of covering the ice on the well-worn sections—making them less treacherous. But on the other sections, it was a bit tougher. We were surprised to hear that we had hiked only 8 km, because it felt like more.
As usual, we stopped for lunch at the old abandoned house.
We saw chickadees and a woodpecker, but the thrill of the day was the porcupine. We saw him ahead, up in a tree at the side of the trail. As we were approaching, he decided to climb down. We kept our distance, allowing him to cross to the other side. This picture is zoomed in and magnified.
And here are its tracks.
Thanks to Irene for leading the hike and to Alberta Parks and Recreation for the work they do in maintaining this treasured park. You can find more photos on Flickr.