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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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BarbRad wrote on September 10, 2014, 4:02 AM

I think, Lynn, that if you and I lived close to each other we could be hiking friends. It would be great fun to hike with you.

MegL wrote on September 10, 2014, 6:29 AM

I am SO glad I live in a temperate zone! I have never tried snow shoes and it's usually only frost that stops me walking (I don't want to fall) and living by the sea, we don't get an awful lot of that, either, thank goodness.

SandraLPetersen wrote on September 10, 2014, 12:24 PM

Snow in Alberta and daytime temperatures in the 40s here in northeastern Minnesota. Yesterday my husband was wearing shorts and today we're both wearing long sleeves and pants. I don't want an early winter! Like you, I didn't get anywhere near the hiking I would like to do and we didn't get out camping once.

SLGarcia wrote on September 10, 2014, 3:03 PM

Every winter here in Minnesota I tell myself I will buy some snowshoes. Perhaps I'll actually do it this year. You do get snow early!

emiro wrote on September 10, 2014, 11:30 PM

there has never been snow in my place, it sounds fun Lynn .. hope one day I can go see the snow ..

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 19, 2014, 11:13 PM

A hiking buddy would be wonderful! I have a great multi-purpose trail nearby, but it's dangerous for women alone.

BarbRad wrote on November 20, 2014, 2:20 AM

What we need is a magic carpet.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 21, 2014, 1:03 AM

That would work. So would an electric bicycle.