I headed straight north of our house until I hit the stairs that would take me down into the river valley. It's a gorgeous view of the city from there and a fitting place to start my journey down into the rain-like forest.
From my neighbourhood (Bonnie Doon) to the Muttart Conservatory I followed the winding river paths, smiling and nodding to all the Edmontonians who were out with the same idea in mind as me. I crossed over the North Saskatchewan River to continue on my trek west along the riverbank. The river valley is so gorgeous, filled with the most amazing smells (roses) and sights (the Chinese Garden). I let myself wander and get lost for most of the afternoon.
Finally with my legs aching and my stomach protesting I reached the point where I would turn to head home - first I needed to climb the stairs of agony and then cross the river again on the iconic High Level Bridge.
I found plenty of muscles today that will be cursing me tomorrow but I also found some peace, beauty and fresh air on my walk today. It makes me pumped for fall to get here!