There are very few things as enjoyable as “getting away from it all”. Punctuate this already innately human desire with the company of friends and loved ones, and you have the recipe for a fulfilling experience; another addition to the repertoire of memories in the library of my brain. This weekend some of “lady” friends joined me at the cottage for a weekend of snowshoeing (and chickadee feeding!), eating, drinking and jovial female camaraderie. These moments of reminiscing and laughing operate to recharge the batteries in a way only a “girl-get-together” can.
Sometimes the best road trips are the short ones I take close to home. This past long weekend we had the pleasure of exploring some outdoor gems near my new cottage at Cawaja Beach. The first stop on our two day snow extravaganza was Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland. The 3000 acre wetlands and forest are easily accessible and offer a wide variety of activities (snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking and biking) not to mention reptile and birds of prey exhibits. We spent the afternoon snowshoeing the variety of trails which snaked through forests, and over boardwalks. Make sure to purchase sunflower seeds when you visit so you can feed the hungry chickadees right from your palm.
Our second snow stop took us to Wasaga Nordic. This innocuous little centre snuggled in the Dunes of Wasaga Beach Park proved to be some of the most beautiful cross country skiing I’ve ever experienced. A variety of trails for a variety of levels, there is something for everyone including a back-country snow shoe trail. If you’re lucky, like we were, you’ll meet up with some deer, also out for an afternoon walk.
One of our favourite finds this weekend was Ciboulette et Cie in the heart of downtown Midland. The Chefs at this wonderful little French food shop and cooking school take as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and then transform them into delicious, ready-to-eat take-home meals. This, my friends, was a very welcome sight after an afternoon of activity. The mouth watering turkey pot pie we took back to the cottage paired beautifully with the wine we had brought to create a cozy evening by the fire. A perfect end to a short, but eventful local road trip.