October 5th we decided it was time to check this park for possible hikes we can do during the winter. We had no idea how big the park is (1200 acres) and the number of trails there are. In the winter there are many designated trails that can only be used for specific purposes; cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and hiking, etc. There are only a few for hiking during the winter and they are supposed to be well marked.
While we were there checking things out we found very few markers and basically wandered along various very well used trails and some barely used trails. I had fun and thought it would be great to share pictures that I took during our exploration walk with you. The colours were gorgeous with many leaves still on the trees, the sky was a lovely blue with very few clouds.
There had been a lot of flooding damage in our area in the late spring from all the snow we had last winter and then the rain in the late spring the park was closed until the water had receded and damaged could be assessed with the necessary precautions made to make the park safe for the public. http://www.paherald.sk.ca/News/Local/2013-06-20/article-3284987/UPDATE%3A-Water-danger-closes-Little-Red-River-Park/1 There were still visible signs of the damage done during the flooding with bridges removed and just sitting waiting for repair or rebuilding. http://www.paherald.sk.ca/News/Local/2013-08-21/article-3359128/Damage-assessment-underway-at-Little-Red-River-Park/1
As we began our walk Richard could not resist climbing this slope, little did I know that at the end of our walk we would be on the top section a little further East preparing to come down a path like this, although not quite so steep.
This is the beginning of the trail we decided to take.
This tree fungi was very pretty the rings of colours against the grey of the trunk of this tree, even amidst dicay can be beauty.
We chose this part of the trail as it looked to have many different varieties of trees and colours to give me pictures I would want to take.
Of course who could resist taking this particular shot that one deciduous branch appears to be coming from the evergreen tree trunk, the colours against that fabulous blue sky.
This was a great afternoon and soon we shall make another trip back to Little Red River Park, hopefully once there is snow on the ground and we have nice days once again we will head out here to hike some more.