The trail runs for 15 1/2 kilometers along the north dyke of the Vedder River...and is popular with joggers, strollers, horseback riders, dog walkers and cyclists. It was rather quiet on that particular evening.
Fed by the huge volume of water coming down the river at this time of the year...the driftwood piles were bigger than ever.
Lupins and other wild flowers lined the trail...
The trail also meanders past Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve...a 130-hectare site known for the breeding colony of Great Blue Herons as well as a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. We took a little detour through the reserve...and spotted a few herons and several beavers.
I stopped at this particular viewpoint...a bench that I remember well. On a Sunday evening in June 2000...my parents showed up at our place just as we were about to leave for a walk along this very trail. We invited them to join us...and they did. But when we got to the trail...my mom suggested they might just sit on this bench and enjoy the view, since she wasn't feeling up to too much walking. She really enjoyed our outing to the river...and it turned out to be her one and only visit to this spot. One month later she passed away.
It is a lovely trail...and I hope to use it again soon. But then again...one never knows what lies around the bend!
We do know, however, that today is the first day of summer. Have a good one!