|Had the day off and was looking forward to a day with spring temperatures and a nice walk with Bea and Molly. The temperature climbed to 5-6C, so after lunch we headed down the trail into the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
The entire area is a city recreation park with many trails for both skiing, hiking and bicycling. A foot bridge leads across the river and you have your choice whether to follow a trail right along the river or rather climb up on the other side.
I just couldn’t believe the temperature. We are only at the end of January and should normally be freezing cold, but here I walked with my winter jacket wide open wearing only a shirt underneath. Molly savoured the walk as well.
All the time I had the feeling having been in need of a walk like that for quite a while, maybe especially after yesterday. Driving the bus north I had received a phone call from the company informing me that the bus I was going to meet with had had an accident. The driver had lost control on an icy patch driving in on a parking area and the bus had hit a store front. Luckily, nobody got hurt, but the bus was not drivable. I had now to drive beyond my normal destination to meet a replacement bus which at this time was running 90 minutes behind normal schedule.
Reaching the small town of Mc.Lennan I still had to wait another 30 minutes before the bus came driving up. It was now 4:30pm and I had over 5 hours of driving back to the city ahead of me. I finally was back in Edmonton at 9:30pm. I still had to refuel the bus and drive home across the city. Needless to say I felt somewhat “exhausted” when I finally arrived back home at 10:30pm.
Days like that do happen and of course, one has to be willing and prepared to face a challenge.