I am participating in The Local Good’s #31DaysofYEG Challenge (yeg is local slang for Edmonton, based on the airport code for Edmonton International Airport).
As they say on their site: “The Local Good is challenging you to take some time this summer to go out of your way to engage in the city in new and different ways, by participating in our #31DaysofYeg challenge. Whether you do one per day or 31 all in one day, or in numerical order or randomly, we want you to experience your city with a new perspective this summer.” The post includes a list of 31 things to do in Edmonton and encouragement to share your experiences and photos on social media.
I love the idea of spending the month of July experiencing what Edmonton has to offer and tweeting and posting about it because although this is the end of my second year in Edmonton, I was away most of July last year so I haven’t spent much time here in July before. However I think it is much more interesting to read multiple different interpretations of #31DaysofYeg, rather than the same ones over and over so although I am following The Local Good’s suggestions of what to do sometimes, I am also going to explore other things to do in Edmonton and share about them.
Here’s what I did on my first 7 days of 31 Days of Edmonton.
On Canada Day we watched the fireworks show on the High Level Bridge. Before the fireworks started, the bridge was lit up with a fantastic light show for the official launch of Light The Bridge, a crowd funded Make Something Edmonton project. This was #5 on The Local Good’s 31 Day Challenge list: “5. Check out makesomethingedmonton.ca and tweet about your favourite project.”
I blogged about the fireworks and bridge lighting; and tweeted about it, although it looks like I was 1 minute late as the tweet was sent at 12:00 am on July 2nd.
On July 2nd I tweeted about how much I enjoy listening to the elms sway in the summer breeze in Westmount. I love listening to the birds too, I had no idea a city could support such a large bird population. Last August there was a pair of Merlins that spent a lot of time perched on telephone poles in our back alley! This was #1 on The Local Good’s 31 Day Challenge list: “1. Take photo of something local you love.”
On July 3rd Tom and I visited the Grand Market on 124th Street, after sharing the cheese platter and some wine on the deck at Tiramisu. I was excited to learn that Lactuca is expanding their operation. Last year it was disappointing to arrive at the market after they had run out of their fantastic, colourful lettuce mixes. I love that their lettuce is grown in Westmount and Inglewood and delivered mostly by bicycle, that’s my idea of local and sustainable. This was #9 on The Local Good’s 31 Day Challenge list: “9. Go to the farmers’ market and meet three new vendors and tweet a picture of their product. Spend two minutes getting to know them and learning their name.” I only met two new vendors as I had met the others in previous visits to the market.
On July 4th I visited the water park at Laurier Park. I had been to Laurier Park before, my daughters were students at Laurier Heights last year, but I had never noticed what a great water park they had. It did a great job of cooling me off. This was #26 on The Local Good’s 31 Day Challenge list: “26. Visit a city pool — outdoor or indoor.”
On July 5th the girls and I checked out Elk Island National Park. We loved how scruffy the moulting buffalo and growing geese looked and checked out some campsites for our next visit.
On July 6th the girls and I spent some time in Oliver. We noticed some new details in the fantastic Commuknitty knit bombing around the Robertson-Wesley United Church. We traded books at two different little free libraries. And then we took in the High Street Block Party on 102 Avenue.
I am looking forward to having more adventures and sharing them for the rest of the month!