I hadn’t walked this section in well over a year when I was still a volunteer with the Coquitlam River Watch and the path was lined with ice and snow. Now it was bright and sunny.
Under a bridge was a reminder of the river’s importance. Even along the footpath outlines of salmon indented the edge to signify to keep the river clean. From McAllister Foot Bridge in Port Coquitlam, children splashed and screamed in the shallow waters.
Although the end of summer, flowers still bloomed. Bear warnings were still posted. When I heard the drone of traffic in the distance, I turn back to discover a lagoon (featured photo) on the opposite side of the trail. Quiet. Peaceful. This section was tree lined on both sides while closer to my starting point, parks and playing fields lay opposite the river.
The laughter of children from the playground signalled the end of my walk. After all, I chose this section to exercise last week because of its proximity to the store where I wanted to purchase chat masala and kerala.