City tails

I was walking down our local high street the other day, aware of the need to have space between myself and any other person out and about. It was early in the morning, but still, it was so quiet. Scout and I saw barely a handful of other pedestrians throughout our walk, and very few cars were on the road. It has to be said, well done, people, for taking the distancing seriously. From what I’ve read, that isn’t the case in all places.

A near empty bus did go past, and the destination lit up on the front was “North Haven”. I’m not sure where exactly that is in the city, but it made me think. I hope wherever you happen to be, it resembles something of a haven, north, south, east or west.

Well, this is new…

Being back in Alberta, we’ve switched to winter, at least compared to the coast. Toques and coats, and hold on tight as Scout leaps into snow banks, tail wagging furiously. I slip and slide and smile as she reacquaints herself with the delights of snow…

Yeah, snow!

Being back in the city means that (an appropriately socially distant) visit to the beer store offers the chance to catch up on the Alberta craft beer scene. I’ve over two years worth of developments to discover!

Yeah, beer!

I was drawn by the name “Hawk Tail Brewery” and hoped the beer was a match for the packaging – I can say I’ll be drinking another glass or two of this when the weather warms up. Clean and crisp.

Thanks for reading, please be well, and I hope you have a pleasant 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...

15 thoughts on “City tails”

  1. I like the cityscapes, and Scout’s shadows. I don’t know how warm it is in Calgary but it is a warm sunny day today here in Edmonton, and so was yesterday, but we will get snow tomorrow so I am going out for a walk! Right now, before it changes!


  2. Welcome back to the snowy tracks of city life, as Scout helps to keep some distance from unwholesome germs. And man, that Hawk Tail looks good enough to fly with– a reminder to procure a local equivalent (?) from my fridge!


    1. Thanks, Walt! The Hawk Tail was a pleasant surprise, hopefully the first of many. Long city walks and a small glass of beer are amongst the germ free pleasures we’re enjoying. Hope you’re well, and getting out and about safely enough!


  3. Even though I was muttering at our snowfall earlier in the week, I enjoyed seeing Scout wandering in the snow! It must be a drastic change in combination with the now quiet streets. We haven’t wandered further than the yard this weekend and I’m afraid Harper may cancel my Netflix account before I can finish Peaky Blinders. Great label and thanks for the laugh at “yeah, beer” and your continued research of the craft beer scene.


    1. Thank you! In the absence of sports, and with little chance of heading out to any real wilderness for who knows how long, “yeah beer!” is going to have to sustain us. That, Scout, books and music, and hopefully lots of hidden gems on Netflix…
      I hope you’re settling into a workable routine for the foreseeable future – one that includes a chance to paddle soon!

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  4. Thanks for taking us along with you and Scout, pc, on this invigorating, albeit chilly, walk. Beautiful photos, crisp day with lots of sunshine and shadows. Toasting to you, my friend.


    1. Thanks, Jet! Having left spring behind at the coast, we’re doing our best to adjust to a late winter (it’s Calgary, so maybe it’s a mid-winter, eek) run of chilly weather. I’ll keep repeating the word you chose, invigorating!
      Hope all is well, take care.

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    1. You’d have loved it this morning, walking Scout – rain turned to sleet then snow! I’m going to pretend that’s fine and look forward to enjoying a second spring (after March on the coast) sometime in July?!
      Glad you’re able to motor out into quiet, tranquil spaces away from the madness. Take care out there!


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