Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: December 2020
We’ve been feeling kind of blah lately. Maybe it was because of the weather, lack of sunlight, the never-ending pandemic, or the fact that we completed the 52 Hike Challenge about a month ago, and weren’t sure what to do with all this free time. So we decided to head up to the cabin for the weekend.
Day 1: Getting to Work
We drove up Saturday morning. It felt weird to not stop and go for a hike along the way. But not to worry, we’d be getting our steps in soon enough. One of the downsides to visiting the cabin in the winter is that we often have to park our car at the top of the road since it’s not maintained. While there was no snow in Toronto, there was a light layer of it along with some ice near North Frontenac where the cabin is situated. The forecast was calling for more snow overnight, so we didn’t want to risk driving in only to get stuck on the drive out.
It’s not a long walk to the cabin, just under a kilometre, but we do have to carry in all our supplies, including water. After our first trip, K stayed behind to get a fire going in the wood stove and heat up some water for tea. I made two more trips back and forth to carry the rest of our stuff in. I needed the exercise.
It usually takes a few hours for the cabin to warm-up. In the meantime I searched through the forest for smaller pieces of dry wood and used the hand saw to cut it up. This stuff is really great for getting the fire going and is nice to have an ample supply of when visiting during the winter months.
We were planning to return to the cabin in a couple of weeks to celebrate New Year’s, so I moved a bunch of wood from the outhouse inside the cabin to make it easier for next time.
After sufficiently working up a sweat, I headed back inside to settle in and finally get some rest and relaxation. We spent the remainder of the afternoon reading by the wood stove and playing board games.
Day 2: Enjoying the Snow
It snowed throughout the night and we woke up to a fresh layer of snow on the ground. There’s always something so magical after a fresh snowfall. I was eager to get outside and enjoy it.
We spent the morning cleaning up around the cabin. After eating a late breakfast we headed out. While it was a short visit, I’m glad we were able to get away. It’ll be nice to return in a couple of weeks and stay for a bit longer.