It’s not a secret that I’m not overly fond of winter.
While I love all our seasons, I often think of winter as a bully who hogs too much of the Canadian calendar.
Right about the end of January I start to get a little restless even though many weeks of winter are still ahead of us. So for the past couple of years, I have been trying to adopt a more “if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude.
In the spirit of trying to embrace winter, this week I participated in my first multi-day outing with the Seniors’ Club.
Five of us headed up to Arrowhead Provincial Park about 2 hours north of Toronto for some cross-country skiing, skating, and snowshoeing. It all sounded so ‘doable’ …. until the snow started.
…. and wouldn’t stop.
While all my instincts were screaming at me to stay home, I endured a 3 hour, white-knuckle drive to arrive at a winter wonderland.
The five of us stayed in a tiny single-room cabin that thankfully had heat and power – but no water.
We had an unheated outhouse at the end of our lane and a ‘comfort’ station some distance away. I am not an experienced camper in any season so the 3 am ‘call of nature’ into the freezing temperatures of a January night was a bit disconcerting.
Ultimately I decided not to try cross-country skiing and spent my energy on the 1.6 km (1 mile) skating trail.
In the heavily falling snow, it was breathtakingly beautiful although the skating itself was a challenge as the snow accumulated.
I might never become enamoured with winter, but maybe next time I’ll actually try the cross-country skiing.