Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: February 2023
We planned to visit the cabin at the beginning of January to celebrate the New Year, but due to a series of mishaps, including a fierce winter storm over the holidays and us forgetting our snowshoes, we had to make alternative plans. And so with a free weekend in February, we decided a return trip to the cabin was in order. For real this time.
Day 1: An Old Logging Road
During the winter we typically aim to arrive at the cabin in the morning so we have the full day to get a fire going and heat the place up. Since the weather here in southern Ontario has been unusually warm, we decided to make an exception and drive down in the evening. We arrived at the start of the road leading into the cabin shortly after 7:30p.m. While most of our snow back home has melted, there were a few inches of crusty snow further up north. Since the road leading into the cabin isn’t maintained in the winter, we found a spot to park our car and hiked in with all our stuff. It took us two trips back and forth to haul all our food, water and other supplies in.
The thermostat indicated that it was -6°C inside the cabin when we arrived, which was a few degrees colder than what it was outside. First things first, we got a fire going inside the wood stove. It was then time to have dinner, which consisted of us making mini pizzas in the frying pan. We spent the remainder of the evening by the fire, trying to get the place toasty warm before going to bed, which didn’t quite work out as we had hoped. Instead I had to wake up a few times in the middle of the night to keep the fire going.
The next morning, after making a cup of tea and eating a hot breakfast, we strapped on our snowshoes to go for an adventure. We walked towards the main road and turned off on an old logging road. There were snowmobile tracks along the road and we followed them deeper through the forest.
We saw some interesting things along the way, including old buildings, fallen trees, and animal tracks. It was all about the journey, largely because we didn’t know where the road actually led to. As it got warmer, the snow became slushier. We turned around after about an hour and walked back towards the cabin to eat lunch.
For the rest of the afternoon we stayed indoors and played Pandemic Legacy Season 2, which seemed fitting since the premise of the game is all about working together to deal with the world post-pandemic and bringing humanity back from the brink of extinction.
We ventured outside again later in the day to make a trip to the car to drop off our snowshoes. They were no longer needed in the wet snow. The sun was just starting to set as we got back. So we made dinner and played some more Pandemic Legacy.
Day 2: Footprints in the Snow
The temperature hovered around freezing overnight, which meant we didn’t have to wake up as often throughout the night to feed the fire. We woke up to another beautiful balmy day. The sun was shining and the snow was even slushier. We got a late start to the day as we played another round of Pandemic Legacy before packing up. I made a couple trips to the car to get some fresh air and exercise. Along the path there were several animal tracks through the snow, including from these big animals.
K’s dad came up later in the morning. We made a late breakfast and lounged around. After eating lunch, we moved some wood from the outhouse inside the cabin to restock the wood supply, cleaned up and headed out. The hike back to the car was a bit of a slushy mess with the warm weather and melting snow. It’s been a very unusual winter.