Length of stay: 3 days
Visited: January 2022
In some ways it feels like we were right back where we were a year ago with this pandemic. While Ontario wasn’t back in full lockdown, new restrictions were put in place just before Christmas, including reducing capacity limits for indoor gatherings. Similar to last year, we decided to ring in the New Year at the cabin to get a change of scenery and momentarily escape from the world around us.
Day 1 New Year’s Eve
We left home in the mid-afternoon and arrived at the cabin at 7p.m. The good thing about the new public health restrictions was that there wasn’t much traffic. Since the road leading into the cabin is not maintained, we usually park at the top of the road and walk in with our sleeping bags, food, water and other supplies. It’s about a 15 minute walk.
It was dark by the time we arrived, but it was mild outside. The temperature was hovering just above freezing. There were quite a few people who had a similar idea and were up at their cottage for New Year’s too.
We first got a fire going in the wood stove so we could warm-up the cabin and then headed back to the car for round two of bringing in the rest of our stuff. We then made dinner and opened up a bottle of wine that we brought back from New Hampshire a few of years ago. For dessert we roasted marshmallows in the wood stove and made s’mores.
Day 2: The New Year
We woke up to an overcast and foggy morning. Naturally I had to walk down to the lake to investigate.
After eating breakfast, we went for a walk to the old Head Farm, which is located along an old logging road. There isn’t much left from the old farm, but you can still see the foundation from where one of the buildings once stood, along with some old tools and equipment.
We continued along the old logging road. An ATV drove through here earlier and we walked along the fresh tracks. The path didn’t really lead anywhere, but we did come across some random picnic table in an open clearing. Once the path started to narrow, we decided to turn around and walk back the way we came to the cabin.
It was then time to eat lunch. We spent the remainder of the afternoon playing games and reading by the fire. We went for another walk in the afternoon to drop off some empty containers at the car so we had one less load to take back tomorrow. It was noticeably colder outside.
Day 3: The Cold
It was much chillier overnight and I had to get up a few times to keep the fire going. That way, when we got up in the morning, the cabin was still nice and toasty. It was currently -12°C (and felt like -19°C) outside.
While K made breakfast, I made a trip to the car to drop off some of our stuff. After playing a few more rounds of Rummikub, we finished packing and cleaning up around the cabin. We decided to head out early as there was a winter weather travel advisory in effect and we were expecting 5 to 10 cm of snow in the afternoon.
Even though it feels like we’re right back where we were a year ago, we’re hopeful that 2022 will be better. We decided not to set a goal or challenge for ourselves for this year. While we have a few trips planned in Ontario, we’re hoping to start exploring farther afield.