All photos taken February 25, 2022.
As the winter weather dragged on, we got less and less interested in trying local walks along icy paths. Having purchased some new nanoSpikes from MEC, we set off this day on a route along the North city boundary to give them a try. The temperature was about -7 and the wind, which always seemed in our face, whichever way we turned (Blowmont) made it feel colder then the view out our window had indicated.
But, we persevered and the 6 km walk was literally a breath of fresh air. With flat walking surfaces and our new spikes, we were able to get a fairly even walking pace going. But having just done 6.5 km on uneven forest paths the day before, our energy was flagging by the end. How we long for the good old days of walking on dry paths in normal hiking boots.
Storm pond North of Rue Montalet. Not many human tracks out here yet, but the critters had been out and about on the snowy ice surface.
My 50x (1200 mm equiv) lens easily picked up the downtown towers 21 km. (13 miles) away
City meets country along the North boundary
The bright sun above made the snow below sparkle
The big view East
Even at -7C, the sun had enough power to melt the snow on this pretty barn
More sunny golf course views on the way back
No, they are not making snow on our local hill, just city crews piling the snirt ever higher on Mt. Snowdump
The change in gait from wearing ice cleats and the constant wind in the face was wearing us down by the end of our walk. Spring can’t get here soon enough.