Waterton Town Site, Alberta
The wind tosses us from one year to the next, and it's not giving up now. First walk of 2021, first Friday walk*, first time I've been in Waterton in 120 km/h gusts. Upper Waterton Lake looks like the ocean today. The relentless sound of it all, wind-battered faces, air blown out of our lungs, and tears out of our eyes.
Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Length: 3 km
Date: 1 January, 2021
*This first Walking the Land First Friday Walk of the year in response to Thomas Clark's poem In Praise of Walking, these lines in particular: "Wrong turnings, doubling back, pauses and digressions, all contribute to the dislocation of a persistent self-interest. / Everything we meet is equally important or unimportant." With thanks to Kel, Richard, Tom, and all the First Friday walkers.
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, as a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).