Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: October 2022
We’ve been battling a wicked cold over the past two weeks and were finally on the road to recovery. So we decided to head up to the cabin for the weekend to get a change of scenery and some fresh air. I’m a strong believer that spending time in nature can be healing and is good for your well-being.
Day 1: Cabins and Campfires
We left early Saturday morning and arrived at the cabin, or rather the road leading into the cabin, at around 10:30a.m. It was a little chilly outside, but the sun was shining. It felt nice to be outside. From the top of the road it’s about a kilometre hike to get to the cabin. We used to be able to drive in, but the road is in pretty rough shape these days (and so is our car).
Most of the leaves have already turned for the season and have fallen off the trees. It was fun to walk through the crunchy layer of leaves. A severe thunderstorm hit this area earlier in the summer and the damage was clearly visible on our hike to the cabin.
The thermometer indicated that it was 0°C inside the cabin when we arrived. So first things first, we got a fire going in the wood stove. After eating a late breakfast, we went for a walk to an old farm that’s located nearby. We had to hop over and crawl under a few fallen trees and branches to get there. The farm has been abandoned for years, but we could still see some remnants from its former days.
We continued along the road, which leads to another lake and came across what looked like an abandoned cottage. One of the windows was left open so we peeked inside. It looked like no one had been here in years. We tried to close the window, but it was stuck.
We made our way back to the cabin to take a break. We headed out later in the afternoon to go for a canoe ride as the sun was just starting to set. We paddled along the bay, which showed even more dramatic signs from the aftermath of the severe thunderstorm that swept through here earlier in the summer. There were a lot of trees knocked over and the roots had pulled up much of the shoreline. Miraculously there were no trees that had fallen on or around the cabin.
We continued our paddle around the bay. The water was as smooth as glass and we could clearly see the bottom of the lake. We hugged the shoreline and went on a scavenger hunt to pick up some trash. Here’s what we found: a kids kayak, six empty beer cans, an old lighter and a piece of styrofoam. We strategically used our paddles to collect the trash and hauled it back with us.
Once we returned to dry land, we got a fire going outside to enjoy the rest of the sunset. The nice thing about visiting late in the fall was that there were no bugs.
Once it got dark, we retreated back indoors to get the fire going again in the wood stove and to make dinner. We spent the remainder of the evening paying cards.
Day 2: Fog and the Sunrise
We woke up the next morning to a thick layer of fog on the lake. After making some tea and coffee, we went for a canoe ride around the bay to watch the sunrise. The mist slowly started to disappear with the rising sun.
When we returned to shore, we packed up some of our stuff and made a trip to the car. Along the way we ran into K’s dad and sister who came up to visit for the day. After eating a late breakfast, we went back outside to get to work. We cut up some firewood, using the chainsaw for the big logs and the handsaw for the smaller branches. We fully replenished our wood supply inside and even moved a few extra pieces into the outhouse. This will allow us to visit a few times during the winter if we wanted. We then walked along the road to clean up some of the fallen branches and debris.
After eating a late lunch, we finished packing the rest of our stuff and headed out. We were lucky to have had such incredible weather the past couple of days.