Well January has brought us more seasonal temperatures to make our area the picturesque winter wonderland we know and love filled with ice & snow throughout the lakes, waterways and woodlands. Everyday winter activities are abundant and there is something for everyone young and old, outdoor enthusiast or a snuggle butt by the cozy fire.
My favourite outdoor activity is snowshoeing and Caz and Corona my dogs, are deliriously happy to romp in the woodlands on a sunny crisp cold afternoon and then relax at home by the cozy fireplace. I have a friend that has introduced me to Hot Tenting…I know it does sound like someone should be saying to me “Are you Serious???” We started on New years day by hiking to the top of a hardwood hill overlooking a small lake on his 50 acre property.
We nestled it in some spruce trees for added shelter and I confirmed my skills at tent erecting are even worse than in the summer. My construction background came in handy and enabled me not to look to foolish in the assembly of the poles. The canvas stretching however is a skill I still need to work on.
The tent is cozy and comfortable with a wood stove, mats on the floor and my friend is even going to set up a cot for overnight camping…he is much more adventurous…I will stick to day camping and enjoy the comforts on my warm bed at night. The phone rang (great way to play hookie from work) at Tea Time for me to answer a few real estate questions for a client on my cell phone. Back to the office later today but for now, quiet and peaceful woodlands.
The Winter fest this past week in Burk’s Falls was well attended attracting local residence and visitors alike. Bowling, dancing, bed races, music and many other activities. Up coming events include the Kearney Dog sled Races and other Villages Of Almaguin hosting their own events to Celebrate Almaguin…check out the Almaguin Highlands Chamber of Commerce Community Guide and Directory for more to do in Almaguin.
One very important caution for our area lakes, this very unusual weather has left many lakes and waterways not frozen or with thin ice and even though we are having very cold weather now the snow insulates the water and the ice may not become think enough. Please check local Snowmobile Trail reports and do not go out onto the ice without confirmation that it is safe. Almaguin District Snowmobile Club
Remember the cold affects our pets too so make sure they are able to come in and warm up just like you.