The best kind of exhaustion
We decided to adventure to Awenda Provincial Park for family day to explore what the park has to offer in the winter (we love camping here in the summer). Snowshoeing is getting to be more of a challenge as I get further along in my pregnancy... but I'm determined. It's a slow and steady pace with uphills (and downhills for that matter) being quite comical.
From the parking lot/trail head we took the path towards the beach. We followed a single track trail down some stairs and landed at the perfect beach spot. The sky was grey and the water was frozen up close but still open a bit further out. I played with my new Biolite Stove, we set up the Kammok, had a snack, and got goofy in the snow. It was a lovely family day. Our family events always include friends so we were so lucky to have our friend KP and her dog Zoe join us for the adventure. She was also sweet enough to have read my previous blog posts and bring me a pair of snowpants with suspenders. I was one warm and happy momma! So thankful for good friends, awesome family, and partners in adventure.
The hike in was downhill and peaceful. The hike out was uphill and snowy. My slower pace didn't suit my toddlers cold feet so Kyle hiked ahead with Co in the backpack (unhappy toddler apparently) while KP hung back with the slow pregnant lady. By the time we got back to the car we were all tired and hungry...the best kind of exhaustion; the sweaty post-adventure-body-ache-inspired-spirit kind. Before heading home we stopped at a local joint (Ciboulette et Cie) for some good food (and beer for the non-pregnant adults). The highway home was jammed with cars and families making their way back from a long weekend in cottage country. I sat in the passenger seat singing songs with my boys and feeling very thankful that this is where we live.
Note: there are no epic pictures of the absolutely beautiful snowshoe in or out because we were all too busy enjoying the moment ;)