A few days ago I showed you some pictures of the Red River Mutual Trail that goes by near my home. I said I would walk along that trail to get pictures of the warming huts and show them to you. Yesterday I was planning on walking, but was undecided about whether to do that trail or to go to Fort Whyte Centre in the hopes of getting pictures of deer. The sun came out while I was deciding and the decision was made to go to Fort Whyte. The deer would be gorgeous in the sun (if I find any), whereas the huts would look about the same – sun or not.
I have never walked on the Red River. This river is much too deep with fast flowing water for me to trust my own weight on the ice. That was also considered in my decision not to walk there, but I also decided I could drive to the Forks and walk on the ice just where most of the huts were located.
It turned out that this was probably a good decision because yesterday afternoon, one of the huts had to be rescued from the river. They are saying that water was pooling around the hut, but one of the pictures in the news report clearly shows a tow truck pulling it out of the water.
It has been determined that this hut may have been too heavy to be on this particular spot, where thin ice has been known to be other years. This year has been a particularly warm winter and the trail was put up much quicker than usual because they were later than usual getting started due to thin ice.
According to the city, the trail is fine and all scheduled activities will continue. They will continue without me being on the ice though. 🙂
Here are a couple of reports. Both will open in a new window.
So on today’s walk with Chester along the Red River, I took pictures of some of the dozens of people walking or skating along the trail.
I assume this little guy was with the ladies who were ahead of him, but I did not see any of them ever look back to see if he was following or not. It almost looks like he doesn’t have any back legs, but I can assure you that he does. 🙂
The guy with the 3 dogs is not too far away from them and was headed towards them.