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Published: September 1st 2020
Glenbow Ranch Park
View of the Bow River, foothills and the Rocky Mountains
On such a beautiful sunny day, the C hikers of Skrastins Outdoor Club
were happy to meet up for a walk through Glenbow Park Ranch
. The rolling prairie landscape opened up before us, wafting the scents of Wolf Willow
and new grasses on a light breeze. Sylvia led us down the path towards the river; unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the river itself because of the segregation of the cows’ pasture to their use.
For a while, we thought the only wildlife we might see was the noisy “whirly bird” – a bright, red helicopter evidently practicing landings and takeoffs. As that bird flew off to the horizon, we began to hear the musical notes of the Red Winged Blackbird
. Far into the distance, Cheryl’s sharp eyes saw the light-brown shape of a White-Tailed Deer
on the grassy slope of a hill.
Some of the group trudged up the hill to the picnic tables, but our dedicated newsletter editor, Dee, and I stayed down by the pond for our lunch. We watched the calm assurance of a duck floating and diving, bringing choice green morsels to the surface. A few mosquitoes joined us, but the peace of this dip in the landscape soothed our city sensibilities. Other walkers and
Fine aroma of the prairies
bikers, and even a passing train faded from our consciousness.
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