Bridging the gap…

…between winter and spring, as the ongoing thaw-freeze-thaw continues here in Calgary.

Recent days have been mostly pleasant – the blue skies and sunshine are welcome, although the afternoon slush pools are less so. Those murky pools are growing, and can’t be trusted – they have hidden depths, according to my soggy socks. We’ve been pavement skating in the chill mornings, and puddle-jumping in the squelchy afternoons, wandering the banks of the Bow between two bridges.

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Looking upstream at the Peace Bridge
The banks of snow along cleared pathways have been melting away, the fluffy pillows slightly less deep each day, much to Scout’s surprise. What looks an inviting pile of snow to wallow in, turns out to be ice-crusted and treacherous, quick to collapse under an unsuspecting canine. I try not to laugh…IMG_20180301_135741

All the melting snow is quite pretty to look at. Craters and hollows have appeared, and where the sun has really hit the snow, there is a glassy layer along the edges. Some of the ice crystals look feathery, and some look like scales, flashing in the brilliant sunshine. Tufts and clumps of brown grass are appearing here and there, and there was even a hint of green on a particularly sunny patch.fullsizeoutput_569

It’s been magpies, chickadees and scurrying squirrels along the river banks, adding to a sense of spring, and adding an extra slippery challenge as an excited Scout leaps at each one. One such leap and lurch took us down to a pile of river rocks, nicely warmed by the sun, a spot to rest, look up and downstream, and try to work out who is leading the walk. Calm down, or we’ll walk over the wobbly bridge again…

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Looking downstream at the wobbly bridge
All too quickly, we seem to be leaving winter and welcoming spring here in the city. That being said, it’ll be many weeks before any real greenery emerges, and in fact heavy snow is forecast for the next day or so, but the hints for warmer days are getting stronger. Here’s hoping for a short mud season!

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“Not the wobbly bridge again! I’m calm, I’m calm…”
A brief post this week – I must go and find a dry pair of socks and some sensible footwear, before heading out to negotiate those untrustworthy slush pools once more.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

18 thoughts on “Bridging the gap…”

    1. Our daughter is working in St. Andrews, Scotland right now, and she says it has been cold and snowy – reminds her of home! We’re getting a reasonable fall of snow here today, but it’s all normal, unlike most of Britain.
      If it is safe enough, I hope you get a chance to enjoy the snow there over the weekend!

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  1. This was such a wonderful tromp in the snow with you and Scout, pc, thanks. And my socks are dry! I enjoyed your descriptions of the dynamic snow in all its forms, and your photos are so lovely. Scout is as adorable as ever. I hope you and Mrs. PC have a delightful weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Jet! All the natural ice formations from the thaw are back under snow once more – it’s been falling steadily, along with the temperature, since yesterday evening. Being out with Scout is always a delight, given that everything is new for a puppy, from bald eagles on the dock, to collapsing snow banks – her perpetual surprise, wagging tail and wonder keeps us smiling!
      We hope you and Athena have a great weekend!

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  2. Lovely photos and thanks for taking us along on your fun walk with Scout! It almost looks like in her adorable photo that she is wondering why you need so many rest breaks. It’s fun hearing about the energy of a puppy. Gabby and I would walk for miles when she was a young pup. Now due to her health and age, she has turned into a one-way walker and, when it’s time to turn around, she has no interest in revisiting all her favorite spots again and stops walking and has to be carried. It looks like winter here again and there may have been a few tears. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I’m always the one to tire first…I sure hope I’ll be able to carry Scout should the day arrive, but she’s not the smallest, and only six months old – eek! Gabby seems to have worked out a good system…
      Lots of fresh snow here this weekend, and it’s welcome for now, but it will mean an interesting thaw to come.
      Hope your weekend is going well, and you’re meeting movie and basketball goals (hoops?!)

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  3. Thanks for the gentle reminder that mud season is just around the corner and it is time to stop procrastinating on getting a new pair of muck boot so I can enjoy it properly. Hope muck season is short but spring is long.

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  4. Keep your socks dry and your hopes high for an interesting transition, PC. March is never boring. Our recent storm brought some 14 inches of heavy wet snow that knocked us off the power grid for 61 hours, an interesting time. Enjoyed your rambles with Scout along the Bow!

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    1. That’s quite a while to be off the grid, unplanned. Camping is one thing, camping in your home quite another. Hope you managed to keep warm, well fed, and well watered. Your March has got off to an interesting start, and I wish you a slightly less interesting week, weather wise at any rate…
      Thanks, Walt, and here’s to dry socks!

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