Spring Traditions

Photo Series by Andy Goodson

  *Whip crack*

*Whip crack*

A few days after my trip to Prince Albert National Park some friends and I made our way to Duck Mountain for our annual get-together-and-plan-all-the-trips meeting, which usually devolves into Tetris competitions and drunken rambling about sociopolitical hoopla. This year was no different, but we did manage to go on a day trip to Little Boggy Creek to check out the spring thaw.

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View from the Valley

Our seasonal tradition now includes a hike to one salient ridge on the edge of Little Boggy Creek Valley, across from the Duck Mountain ski area.

There are no hiking trails to this spot. Rather, one must bushwhack from the base of the valley and navigate dense poplar woods.

  "Smokey" woods — the grey canopy of nude trembling aspen (poplar) trees

"Smokey" woods — the grey canopy of nude trembling aspen (poplar) trees

Ostrich fern fronds among snow

Green-bean water

  "Help me I'm in fractal Hell"

"Help me I'm in fractal Hell"

Wireboxes

Melted

After the meeting, I was alone for a few days until Teisha came out to visit. We then took a trip to the Manitoba-side of the Duck Mountains to check out some of the trails.

We started at the Copernicus Hill trail loop, which culminated rather quickly at a picnic site with a lookout tower. The view from the hill was mostly obstructed by trees so we decided to continue hiking on a path away from the loop, just to see where it would take us.

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Copernicus Hill Trail to Glad Lake, Manitoba

A day-hike at Duck Mountain Prov. Park, Manitoba in springtime was quiet, secluded and magnificently insect-free. Take it in, folks. 

  Taking a break at Glad Lake

Taking a break at Glad Lake

The path crossed a road and led us to Glad Lake, where fallen trees made the hike a more familiar challenge. But the cool temperature and peacefulness at the park was all we could ask for. Besides, I needed some exercise. 

  "'Cause they're soft, like a kitty."

"'Cause they're soft, like a kitty."