Members’ Barbecue at Miquelon

Sunday, September 25 was the WTA Annual Membership Barbecue at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. We were graced with summer-like weather—minus the mosquitoes!—and the beginning of leaves turning colour. As there were lots of geese and ducks still in evidence, it bodes well for continuing warm conditions.

Beaver Lodge at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

The morning hike wound through lovely scenery: gently undulating hills and ponds (also called knob and kettle terrain) where  beavers have been busy.

tiger salamander
Tiger Salamander

Several of the two dozen hikers were fortunate to catch a glimpse of a tiger salamander, a very rare sighting, given its threatened species status.

The trails here are grass-covered and as wide as a road. This allows for easy walking, as well as conversation with acquaintances new and old.

The socializing continued over lunch at the fireside and picnic tables.  

After the  barbecue, a few members stayed on to read, do some sketching, or go for another walk. We took full advantage of being out in the wonderful, peaceful setting.

Thanks to Anita for all the preparation she did for lunch, to Scotty for fire-tending, and to Irene for leading the hike. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Coal Lake from Kjorlein Corner South

Twelve people came out to Coal Lake to hike from Kjorlein Corner to the point marked as the pumping station. It’s simply an open but shaded area that overlooks the lake, and the pumping station for the Wetaskiwin Water Treatment Plant happens to be there.

It was one of our warmest days of the year, and there have been many this summer. On this day, the atmosphere was hazy from smoke blowing in from fires. Lake scenes seem to be one of those settings that can be enhanced with haze.

Coal Lake

We were happy to see a complete lack of mosquitoes, and surprisingly, no wasps. Berries are abundant now—chokecherries, highbush cranberries, hazelnuts ripening, and even a black currant.

Thanks to Lee for scouting and leading the hike, to Trail Maintenance for clearing the trail, and to the landowners for their continuing permission. You can find more photos on Flickr.

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