Yearn to Wander
Edmonton and Environs
Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta, is bisected by the North Saskatchewan River and its valley, which have become a major park and the natural focal point of the city. The economy is driven by the oil and gas industry locally, and staging for oil sands production to the northeast. That, and Edmonton's being a governmental center, support vibrant cultural and sports scenes, which add to the city's inviting ambiance.
Elm Trees and Forbidden Logs
Some of us remember the Elm tree canopies that graced our residential streets in the mid-1950s. They were Gothic-like halls of shade in the summer. But Dutch Elm Disease (DED) killed ours and many more. We lost that marvelous shade on a hot summer day, and the sense of serenity they offered.
Back to the North Country
From Chicago to Edmonton and beyond in late May. From Northern Illinois through Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota, Southern Manitoba, and half way through Saskatchewan, water was everywhere.
Chicago's North Shore in The Spring
The long, cold winter and cold, wet spring yielded bright sun and vivid color in May on Chicago's North Shore.
Homeward Bound from North Carolina
Asheville and the Western North Carolina mountains are sheer beauty, especially in the Spring as the flowers start to bloom. The last hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway was as pretty as the first, and leaves a taste for many more.
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