Tuesday

Weekends: Winter camping "in the bush"


We had quite an adventurous weekend this weekend. After work on Friday, we packed up the car and drove 3 hours into the wilderness (as if we weren't remote enough already!), then transferred all our stuff to a great big sleigh pulled by a skidoo, and drove deeper into the forest to a tiny wood cabin. And that's where we spent our weekend. 
No electricity. No running water. 
It was minus 30 degrees inside the cabin when we arrived.

But we quickly lit a fire and opened a bottle of wine, and we felt warmer in no time!


The cabin was pretty rustic, but it had everything we needed. A camp stove to cook on, a kettle to make tea in, and plenty of wool blankets to pile on at night.

Going "into the bush" for a few days (as the Cree people call it) is a very popular thing around here. There's something so wholesome about removing yourself from all the overstimulation life constantly bombards you with.


During the days we went snowshoeing across the frozen lakes, and into the silent forests. It felt like the entire world was hibernating and we were the only ones left wandering around.


I made a big batch of this soup, and just as an aside, I think it might be the best soup recipe in the entire world! (Just thought I'd share that!)


Sunday morning was bright & sunny and the air was filled with tiny snow crystals, which created the most magnificent winter rainbow I've ever seen.
ps: this solar phenomenon is called a parhelion (or sundog), in case you're interested : )



It was a beautiful weekend getaway, and I would definitely do it again in the future. 
But there's no denying that by Sunday night we were both feeling relieved and very grateful to be falling asleep in our warm bed after an excessively long hot shower!

14 comments:

mermaid gallery said...

that looked so relaxing!...i remember when i lived in the Yukon (two years), we used to do a lot of the same...it was always so special to get away into the quiet, natural world. These pics brought it all back...i loved it!

the southern hostess said...

Incredible! What an experience. I love the steam coming off all the food and drinks in your photos. :)

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Oh my goodness, these shots are insanely gorgeous! xo

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

just beautiful- I am so glad you had a nice weekend- That toaster is cool- never seen one before.

Jan | Poppytalk said...

wow - that solar phenomenon is amazing - i think i recognize it from illustrations - never knew it was an actual thing. cool to see the north north - it's beautiful.

nuresma said...

What an adventure! Reading your post has inspired me to do more activities outdoors, as we have so good weather over here (but most people are shut up in their homes only because it's winter).

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Sounds like a dream weekend to me! So pretty!

Diana Mieczan said...

what a fantastic weekend you had. I love that you rented a tiny cabin and enjoyed the amazing nature. That soup? Looks amazing! Totally going to make some this weekend. It's such a perfect season for soups, right? Have a great day, darling. Talk to you soon.

Tash said...

Amazing. And that winter rainbow, beautiful! When I met Justin our first "trip" together was canoe camping in Algonquin for 3 days and it remains one of my all time favorite trips and experiences. Your weekend sounds so special, those views are spectacular and you've got me curious about that soup now. Best soup recipe in the entire world? I'm going to print out that recipe right now :) xx

Emily {tomorrow never knows} said...

very cool. I would love to spend a weekend in a secluded cabin. I'd maybe wait for spring and warmer weather but I think the cold just makes the experience even more rewarding (Typed as I sit comfortably in a heated building)

Veronica M said...

Loved reading this! Loved the icy eyelashes and red coconut soup!

Melissa Blake said...

is that hot chocolate? Looks delicious!

Brhea {NoPlaceLykeHome} said...

This just looks like such an incredible get-a-way. Love the photos as well, really makes me want to get bundled up even though it is 63 degrees here ;)

Kara said...

That soup looks amazing, especially for this sort of a weekend!

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