Sunday, March 16, 2014

Our annual early spring camping trip

This weekend we headed out to Kloch Lake for our annual early spring camping trip.  It is a great time of year, when the snow is still on the ground, but the daytime temperatures are above zero.  It was precipitating slightly when we left town, but we had hopes that it would only be snow further north.  It was clear when we arrived at the entrance to the Kloch Lake rec site.  Luckily the snow plow had pushed into the entrance throughout the winter, so there was somewhere safe to park the car. We unloaded the gear and strapped on our skis and headed over the snowbank and down the laneway.  And then realized how deep the snow was and how soft the 'crust' was.  Not 50 m down the lane, we stopped so I could switch from skis to snowshoes.  I broke trail, but it was a tight fit for the sled.  The narrow path kept causing the sled to slip sideways and I'd have to head back behind Mark to right it.  Another ~200 m down the trail and we were exhausted.  With the end in sight, but still only half way there, we decided to change plans.  We dropped the sled and just snowshoed/skied the rest of the way.  After dumping the packs, we went back for the sled, widening the trail.  The sled slid smoothly on the widened trail and the last part of the trip was easy going.    Ah! Time to enjoy the beauty of the frozen lake.

Time to relax....  well, and set up camp.

Home away from Home.

The fire is going.  Life is good.

Round one of dinner - stuffed portobello mushrooms cooked in tinfoil.  (Check out the awesome coals oven we have - coals below and above the packages)

Dinner round two - Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts.   Delicious.

Mark building a qunicey.  We didn't quite have enough time to get it to set safely for sleeping.

Craft time - making shamrock knots out of paracord.  (Thanks Peter for the instructions)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

1 comment:

Barbara Pokorski said...

Looks like an amazing trip! You two are incredible!