Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: November 2021
It’s been awhile since we’ve been to the cabin. Between moving, unpacking, yard work, hosting family and friends at our new house, and taking a few road trips this summer, we just haven’t had much time for anything else. So when we finally had a free weekend in November, we decided to visit the cabin.
Day 1: Collecting Firewood
We headed up to the cabin bright and early Saturday morning. Along the drive we made a detour at North Beach Provincial Park, which is located in Prince Edward County. We haven’t made much progress on our Ontario Parks Challenge and figured we should at least visit one park this month. Plus it was somewhat along the drive.
By the time we arrived at the cabin, or should I say the road leading into the cabin, it was just after 12:30p.m. Since the main isn’t maintained, we usually park at the top of the hill and walk in with all our food, water and supplies. The path is just under a kilometre and it gave us a much needed opportunity to get some exercise.
Our efforts were hindered a bit by a couple of fallen trees that had blocked the path. This brought back flashbacks from when we visited in July, but thankfully there were no mosquitoes this time to eat us alive. We moved some of the branches off to the side and were able to drag a couple of the smaller trees deeper into the forest, but we’d need to return with the chainsaw to finish the job.
We took a small break once we made it to the cabin to get a fire going in the wood stove. It felt like 0°C inside the cabin. K made some lunch and tended to the fire while I got down to work and gathered some kindling. We usually restock the cabin in the late summer for the winter, but since we haven’t visited in awhile, our firewood supply was running low.
After eating lunch, we headed back to the car to gather the remainder of our stuff and continued collecting larger branches for kindling. It was a good way to stay warm and get an arm workout in. By the time the evening rolled around, we had fully replenished the cedar chest where we keep the smaller branches and logs to help get a fire going.
Needless to stay, we didn’t have any issues keeping the cabin warm overnight. We watched the sun set and had soup and salad for dinner.
Day 2: Old Mining Buildings
We gained an extra hour of sleep as the time changed overnight, which kind of threw us off. We still got up early though as the morning is my favourite time of the day to be outside. There was a light mist coming off the lake and the water was super calm.
After making breakfast we went for a walk along the property and surrounding area to check out some of the other cottages and to see what was shaking.
We also went to explore some of the old mining buildings. From 1903 to 1907, the Star of the East mine was located in this area. The mine was never successful and many of the buildings were torn down. Only one building is still left standing, but the foundations from some of the other buildings along with remnants from the old mining days can still be found.
We then walked back to the cabin to eat some lunch and to pack up. It was then time for us to return back to reality and civilization.