31 Days of Edmonton 2015 – week 1

This month the Local Good is hosting the second annual 31 Days of Edmonton Challenge

I learned a lot about Edmonton when I played along last year, from my own explorations of the city based on the Local Good’s prompts and from the adventures and photos shared by others in the #31DaysofYEG Twitter feed. I’m approaching the challenge a little differently this year, in a slightly more structured manner. Each day I am going address that day’s challenge prompt from the Local Good’s blog. So on July 1st I did the 1st challenge, on the 2nd I did the 2nd challenge, etc. As I did last year, I am trying to include a photo with each of my tweets. Last year I mixed and matched the prompts and also explored other corners of the city. Here are my posts from last year: week 1week 2, week 3 and week 4 and here is The Local Good’s Storify of Weeks 3 & 4.

Here are my adventures from the first week of July 2015

July 1st

Share a photo of one of your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton, and don’t forget to add it to our interactive map!

This year I watched the Canada Day light show and fireworks from a condo with a fantastic view several stories above Saskatchewan Drive – what a view!

#31DaysofYEG July 1st
#31DaysofYEG July 1st

 

July 2nd

Grow your own food this summer — in your yard, balcony or community garden!

I just started working in the gardens at Fort Edmonton again. One morning I saw a little rabbit run through this garden at Melon Farms. It was smaller and more Peter Rabbit looking than the giant jackrabbits I see in my neighbourhood but I bet it will love this lettuce as much as it loves mine.

#31DaysofYEG July 2nd
#31DaysofYEG July 2nd

 

July 3rd

Learn about Edmonton’s history (City of Edmonton’s resources are here) and perhaps even add to the Edmonton Heritage Council map!

I love all of the beautiful old trees in Edmonton, especially in the old neighbourhoods along the river valley.

 

#31DaysofYEG July 3rd
#31DaysofYEG July 3rd

 

July 4th

See the city from a different perspective by exploring it via bicycle.

When we took the tarp off the bikes we discovered this wasp’s nest so we went for a walk instead.

#31DaysofYEG July 5th
#31DaysofYEG July 5th

 

July 5th

Volunteer your time with a local initiative and share why you support it.

This one was easy since I spend so much time at the fort. I can’t imagine the challenge of riding a penny farthing in a dress. The turkeys dozing by the stage coach remind me of the peacocks that wander around the Calgary Zoo.

#31DaysofYEG July 5th

 

July 6th

Enjoy live music at a local venue — bonus points if the musicians are from Edmonton as well!

I planned ahead so that I could participate in 31 Days of Edmonton while we were in Jasper.

#31DaysofYEG July 6th
#31DaysofYEG July 6th

 

July 7th

Try something new from one of the many food trucks around the city.

I am always keen to sample the wares at one of the many Edmonton food trucks. I didn’t see any food trucks in Jasper and the food wasn’t as good as the food in Edmonton.

#31DaysofYEG July 7th
#31DaysofYEG July 7th

 

 

Here is The Local Good’s recap of week 1 of #31DaysofYEG. Did you explore your community last week?

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