Firstly, there are a few things you need to know about hiking in Edmonton in July:
- Days can be hot a breathless in the afternoon. Morning walks go easier.
- If it is sunny and you want to stay out of the high UV, you try to hike in the shade of trees in a ravine.
- If you have had a knee procedure, the walk needs to be short and not too hilly.
- If you hike on a breathless morning in a cool shady ravine, there will be mosquitoes. You will be lured in by the apparent lack of bugs, until you are a ways from the trailhead and then they will attack, without mercy.
- If you have to move slowly due to a knee procedure or because you are stupidly pausing to take photos, you will not outrun them.
Needless to say, our walk was short.
Needing some exercise, off we set,
looking for shade, out of sun to get.
Shady ravine would be our best bet,
early morn making grass dewy wet.
Tiny flowers, my photo lust whet,
delicate fragrance, my nostrils met.
Light wind dies, bringing out beads of sweat,
while I lingered, there came a new threat.
Mossies arrive and we swat and fret,
wanting to continue hike and yet,
no possible way without bug net,
like flowers, we’re just too delicate.