Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nose Hill Winter in Autumn September 29, 2019

I was secretly excited about the big dump of white gold that the forecasters were boosting about.  The road conditions never ever get me excited, it's the scenery and being "out & about" in it that do.  I took baby steps with the driving and opted to go only as far as Nose Hill Park.  I was surprised when I arrived there, how much snow actually did fall so far.  This is the trail that enters the Park from my car.  The trail is there, some where! 
The views were exactly as I hoped they would be today.  I knew there would be no blue skies nor nice open vistas, so today I focused up close on the colors and the crystals.  The new snow makes the autumn golds that much brighter.
crystals of snow
At first I stuck to the main trails.
That's where the benches and maps are.
autumn shades donned in winter white
One of the main trails leads to the medicine wheel.  
It is ever changing and today this was the view at the center of rock formation.  
From here you can see far and wide (not today though).
The Indigenous people would watch for game from here.
The boulder seems to be showing off autumn shades too!
red & white, so Canadiana
I made my way to The Lake only to see it already has a layer of ice on it.  In my many visits there I have noticed the outhouses but this is the first time I noticed the cleansing station beside it.   Also, while hiking down in the valley, I saw that someone had improved the shelter capacity of the log fort.   There is always something new or different at Nose Hill Park every time I go.
The morning was getting on and the snowfall was becoming heavier.  It was time to find out where I was and then begin the trek back to my car.  I am where the star is on the bottom which means I have a way to go to get back.  
I worked my way to the valley to follow that trail which would protect me from the wind and the cold.  It was not the smartest move but I remained there.  The snow was deep and made for a slow go.    This was today's route.
My treat as soon as I got home! 

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