The Struggle

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All photos were taken on November 23, 2021 during our walk through Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field.

Last week’s walk was just after 15 cm (6 inches) of fresh snow fell and it was a tough slog. Today, the trails were a bit more packed down, but walking still required a good deal more effort. We did manage to complete about 8 km (5 miles) this day, but the uneven ground made sure we felt every step.

Signs at the entrance to Tucker’s Field showed that the park rules had changed.

We quickly progressed through Tucker’s Field…

…arriving in Bunchberry Meadows, where we proceeded clockwise around the loop on Tamarack Trail. The low angle sun provided a golden glow at times.

The official Tamarack Trail greeter was on hand

Last week’s snow was still clinging to the branches, taking on gravity defying shapes.

The riding stable horses were out and about.

The old 1939 Plymouth Mayflower looked so forlorn.

The snow was still fluffy and filled with sparkles.

Nearby, the tree bark seemed to be providing nourishment for some local residents.

The trail carried onward to the parking lot for our scheduled comfort stop

I call this one Loo View

Continuing on, the white tree bark was perfectly illuminated. The peeling bark showed real texture and character.

The wooden boardwalk appeared to have side rails, where the edge snow had not been packed down. At one end, openings had been created by critters who then found a nice warm winter home below.

A bit more slogging brought us to the grove and eventually…

to our picnic stop. It had taken us about 40 minutes longer than usual to complete the walk this day.

Our picnic bench was all melted off. No more frozen ass-ets for me
Once more for old time’s sake

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

23 thoughts on “The Struggle

    1. Hi Lyssy. The crunch crunch was definitely happening. I remember trying to tell warm climate visitors that the new snow squeaked under the boots as you walked. They could not visualize it, so I sent them a video clip. Warm temps here this weekend, but slippery walking after the freezing rain. Thanks for reading and happy weekend. Allan

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  1. I find it’s always more challenging to hike in the winter with all the snow, ice and colder temperature. The nice thing about it is that the trails are usually quieter and there are no bugs. The forest also looks magical with all that snow. I love how the snow just clings to the branches. Great collection of pictures. Have a wonderful weekend. Linda

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    1. Hi Linda. The forest is so beautiful after a new snowfall. Not sure what we will find on our next visit. We had a day of freezing rain yesterday, so it could be a giant slip and slide. Thanks so much for reading. Stay well and enjoy your weekend. Allan

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  2. Winter may be cold and intimidating, but its mesmerizing beauty makes it worth the challenge to capture its magic with your camera. Winter landscape photography has a truly dreamlike allure. Fresh snow leaves the landscape untouched and pristine. The sun creates a sparkle over the blanketed land. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. The only way to survive winter is to embrace it. If you sit inside the house all winter, it will be a long winter. We are so lucky to get out and enjoy the winter white. Thanks for reading Aiva and enjoy your weekend. Allan

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    1. Thanks Lynette. We just got back from our “skate walk” atop a huge layer of ice from yesterday’s freezing rain. Now that was a struggle….to stay upright. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the weekend. Allan

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    1. For sure Bernie. I still remember the feeling of how easy walking feels in spring, after you lose the boots. Not sure what we will face on our next forest walk after a day of freezing rain. The bark nibblers were busy on that tree. You can see all the teeth marks. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan

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