It was a beautiful fall day for our hike of the southeast
portion of Mill Creek Ravine. Fourteen people came out to the hike.
The hike started on the north side of the ravine. We soon stumbled upon the Meadows Poetry Pathway “Love Letters to the World” (www.themeadowscommunity.ca). We took our time here, entertained by the poems engraved on the sidewalk. Here are some of them.
Following the bank on the north side of the ravine to west of 34 street, we entered the ravine and descended down along the creek. We followed the creek to 50 street and over to Jackie Parker park where we had lunch.
We returned along the southern trails through Millcreek
Ravine, taking a few side trips to explore interesting small winding trails.
Have you ever been in one of Edmonton’s ravines, with the
many exits out to the neighbourhoods, and wondered what exit goes with what
We discovered that the many bridges we crossed back and
forth over the creek were all identified with a small numbered metal plaque. If
you kept a list of these numbers with a map, it might help you identify the
neighbourhoods that the exits between bridges lead to. As we all know, the ravines
in Edmonton are long and deep with many entrances and exits—knowing where you
are can be quite confusing.
We saw one downy woodpecker and a lot of magpies. Almost all the trees are bare; the fallen leaves have lost their colours—fading into dull browns, but still crunchy to walk on.
Nine people came out to Kopp Lake to hike the oldest section in the Waskahegan Trail system.
The weather was perfect. At the beginning, it was still quite wet from yesterday’s rain; we needed to watch those slippery roots on the path, but by the time we got to our lunch stop we could sit comfortably in the dry grass. Lots of raspberries along the way.
We did not see the bear that is apparently in the area, but that was probably its scat along the path.
It was great to have one of our guests identify some of the bird calls, especially the elusive Sora (Porzana carolina). There are obviously quite a few along this lake shore.