- Parking: corner of Berkley Gate and 14th Street NW
- Washrooms: at the parking lot
- Paved and Dirt Path
My first "deliberate" walk started off under a clear blue sky through our rich prairie grasslands. Countless birds flew out of the grass ahead of me as I walked along, and there were wild roses and other flowers everywhere. The path soon followed along the southern edge of Porcupine Valley, where I saw a couple of deer grazing among the aspen on the opposite slope. My first large wildlife sighting!
When I eventually crossed the valley and looked behind me, it seemed to have disappeared; the rolling grassland had swallowed it whole - very disconcerting. But as I topped a rise, I was treated to another amazing view: on one side was COP and downtown, on the other were the rolling foothills and Rocky Mountains. I was on top of the world!
As I headed back to the parking lot, I decided to walk along the bottom of the valley. I could see the path clearly from above, but when I got down there the grass was thick and tall; up to my chest in places. Soon I was wet with the dew, and slightly anxious about the many unseen creatures scurrying away on both sides of the path. But I made it to my car unscathed, and quite proud of my first real adventure!