Time to Trade in the Hiking Boots
Snow hit Alberta yesterday, because of the way the pressure system works odds have always been high we will see the same. I'm hoping those odds are wrong, though. It seems summer goes so quickly. I never got as much hiking done as I usually do in the summer. Between work and the awful weather we had on my days off I did half as much as I usually do.
I love being out in the fresh air and finding unexpected places. I never stay on a marked trail for long, but tend to veer off and strike a path of my own. I find some of the most interesting places, things, plants, old houses and barns when I venture off the beaten path. Wildlife tends to be more visible away from the traffic area, and I've come across some amazing sights I would have missed if I stayed on the trail.
I'm hoping we will get an 'indian summer,' a few weeks of unexpected summer weather before the snow settles in so I can wander out and get some hiking in. If that doesn't happen I'm ready to pack away the hiking boots and pull out the winter boots. If we get as much snow as they say we are to get, I think I might look into getting snowshoes. I used to have a pair when I was young.
With snowshoes you can get into places that would be impossible in deep snow. I'm hoping they are easy to re-learn to use. It may be a bit of trial and error...but I think it will be a great outdoor activity come winter. And I'll still be able to hike - with snowshoes instead!
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