Coulee Loop, Lethbridge
The wind has not relented yet this year, so I keep walking in the wind. Some people say it's purifying, this wind, but for me it's irritating and it gives me headaches. The wind is what Lethbridge and this corner of Alberta are famous for. With the wind comes warmer temperatures, so the trails are a mix of ice and mud today, as I head down to the river, along the valley to Fort Whoop-up, back up the hill at the Galt Museum, and downtown where I have a few errands to do. Thinking about the joints that hold my legs together, the ways they are changing as I age. Working on course planning as I walk because I have to teach next week. Hoping that this walk is long enough to make me sleep well tonight. Wondering if one day I will be nostalgic for this town and my life here.
Location: Coulees to downtown and back, Lethbridge, Alberta
Length: 8 km
Date: 6 January 2021
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 Nation).