After having a busy first week of September, we decided to spend the weekend in Red Deer (Alberta, Canada) . We were feeling the need for a few quieter days after having a trip to the coast, school going back in, and our youngest needing a visit to the emergency department after a playground incident at school on his second ever day of school.
Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Friday was a beautiful day, and I took advantage of a late morning hike through Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary.
Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Red Deer, Alberta
This is a 4km loop through forest and grassland with a few lake views.
Gaetz Lake, Red Deer, Alberta
Even though it was late in the year, with wild flower season well over, the forest still held some interesting sites including fungi, squirrels and the changing colors of the leaves.
On Saturday our family chose Bower Ponds as our walking location. It was one of those days where the weather could not decide what it wanted to do.
Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta
Bower Ponds provides a pleasant stroll along a path shared with walkers, runners, cyclist, skateboards and dogs. It is a busy place. Picturesque with fountains and gazebos, plus a large playground, it is a popular spot on weekends.
Even though I only carried my iPhone for pictures this weekend, I still managed to take a few pictures of our youngest children playing in the leaves, and a group shot of all our children together.
Sunday was a wet and miserable day with fits of pouring rain that left us wondering if we should even go out. Eventually after finally deciding to leave the house, and a trip to Tim Hortons, we settled on trying a quick walk in between rain storms.
No one walked slow on this outing. In all honesty, I think the kids were just trying to get the walk over and done with so that they could once again be warm, dry, and eating Tim Bits.
The rain did bring out the beautiful colors in the grass and trees, and even the view across the river was quite nice.
But it was wet…..very wet…….and cold.
(All images in this post are iPhone pics. Copyright Debra Hunter)
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