River View Trail

All photos taken on April 13, 2022.

Each week, when we drive to and from Bunchberry/Tucker’s, I have been eying this spot on the North Saskatchewan River. Prospector’s Point is a small recreation area and trail located on the North bank of the river across from the town of Devon. While I can find no evidence, it would seem that the bend in the river made it a good place to pan for gold. Indeed on this day, a couple of young fellers were down below doing that very thing.

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The Imrie Property

All photos taken on April 13, 2022.

Mary Imrie was the first female architect in Alberta. During her lifetime, she acquired and maintained various properties in Alberta and British Columbia. This property was donated in 1988 when Mary died. In her will, Mary stipulated that the lands for the public benefit. This piece of property is above Prospector’s Point, named for the gold panning that used to go on here and is still occasionally done today. This trail takes advantage of several fine views of the North Saskatchewan River.

(Source: sign on the property)

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Prospectors Point

All photos taken on April 13, 2022.

With Bunchberry Meadows closed for 7 weeks and Tucker’s Field still thawing out, we thought we would give this place another look. If the trail petered out at the top of the river bank, we could always walk the Devonian Trail to Tuckers Field. This spot is indicated by the green/black at centre left of attached Alltrails map

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Tucker Trek

All photos taken on April 6, 2022.

It had been a long time since the November 29/21 Nitpicker incident (see post here) and this was the first time we had returned to hike in Tucker’s Field. We were left with little choice this week, due to the spring closure of Bunchberry Meadows.

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Flashback – Japan 2009 – Tokyo Finale

All photos taken September 22, 2009.

Our time in Japan was rapidly winding down, but Kunika and Mas still had plans for our remaining time. After Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, we walked back to the Tokyo Dome. It seems Kunika and Masa’s first date was at a baseball game here and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Flashback – Japan 2009 – Koishikawa Korakuen Garden,

All photos taken on September 22, 2009.

The Koishikawa Kōrakuen is a large urban park in the Koishikawa neighborhood of Bunkyo in Tokyo. The Japanese garden dates from the early Edo period and is one of three surviving daimyō gardens of the many that were created during that period, the others being the Rikugi-en and the Hama-Rikyu gardens

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Battle Stations

All photos taken during our 4.6 km (3 mile) walk to Four Seasons Park and back.

The forecast had been calling for rain and a rain/snow mix, starting at 4:00 PM yesterday, but not much of that appeared. However, the promised NW winds gusting to 50 k/h (31 m/h) did appear and had been howling since 1/4 past why can’t I get to sleep last night.

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Last Chance Forest Walk

All photos taken on March 31, 2022, the day before Bunchberry meadows closes for a 7 week rest.

We hummed, we hawed, we hawed, we hummed and then we decided we would go for a second forest walk in one week. We would go early, before the heat of the day made conditions too sloppy and we would not stop for a picnic lunch.

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Flashback – Japan 2009 – Odaiba, Tokyo

All photos taken on September 21, 2009.

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Access is via the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. Odaiba was initially built in this area for defensive purposes in the 1850s.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Flashback – Japan 2009 – Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo

All photos taken on September 21, 2009.

Akihabara is a common name for the area around Akihabara Station in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. The area mainly belongs to the Sotokanda and Kanda-Sakumacho administration districts in Chiyoda.

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