Cst. Chelsey Robinson Park

Constable Chelsey Robinson Park
Parkland County, AB T7Y 1H6


Took the little guy here for a fun morning ending in a picnic.

This is a shallow river on the park side but there was a decent current the day we were there so don’t leave kids unattended as they could definitely get downriver quickly if they get too far out from shore on a raft or inner tube.

There’s parking as you arrive but it’s quite a walk down to the recreation area so keep going down the steep, gravel road to one of the two lower lots (they both have river access).

There are fire pits, firewood, outhouses, and picnic tables.

To get there you need to drive to Range Road 23, Spruce Grove, AB as indicated in the map, above (zoom out) and then the park is at the end of that road. Google maps driving directions to the park try to take you to the other side of the river at the moment so you best bet is to lay in a course for the Range Road and then keep driving a short distance past where it seems to end on the map.

Smoked a brisket

Last night I rubbed a brisket with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. Then I got up at 6:30 and fired up my smoker (Big Steel Keg). Let it around 275F until about 2pm then wrapped it in tinfoil and left it again until about 4pm. Delicious!

I followed this recipe and method: https://www.charbroil.com/community/smoke-beef-brisket-charcoal-grill/

Next time I do it on would use way less salt and pepper. The meat was perfect but over seasoned (still delicious).

We ate the brisket with fried, green tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, and fresh, raw peas. Pretty tasty!

Morning Zen

I had a dream that a blind master was teaching me the tea ceremony.

He said, “you know everything I know, now”.

We had a good laugh because I knew nothing at the time. He had just told me some little thing like how to hold a spoon.

We are taught to have a mind like water but also that the mind should be an empty vessel that we will fill. The only way these can be true at the same time is if the mind is made of ice. Cold. Still. Nothing is more impermanent than ice when placed into the environments where people live.

Let that one sink in. Watch it melt.

Canada day ribs

This is the technique I used to make the best ribs yet on our Big Steel Keg:

  • Light charcoal and burn it until it is well lit.
  • Vents wide open and let it burn until thermometer reads 400+
  • Close vents down to a little under 2 (top and bottom)
  • Put the ribs on directly on grill (top position)
  • Get the grill temp down to 250.
  • Leave for an hour and a half.
  • Turn, leave for an hour or so
  • Turn, dress with BBQ sauce every 30 minutes until done