Now, on to more interesting topics; you've heard more than enough about The Flood. Let's talk about camping in a yurt!! OMG we had every kind of weather imaginable! The first day it was +7c(45F) and poured down rain on the drive to the Pinery. For the rest of the day it was a bit misty and we were fine wearing our rain jackets & jeans. The second day it was -2c(28F)and we had flurries of snow pellets attack us off and on all day plus very strong winds. The third day it went down to -18c(-4F) with more snow AND some sunshine. We brought winter coats, winter pants to wear over our regular pants, heavy boots, gloves, hats and scarves so we were fine no matter what Mother Nature threw at us (but man, she musta been pissed off at somebody!)
Also, our first night there the hydro went out....for four hours! We were lucky that a camper that was leaving gave us a large bag of wood so once Michael got the fire going - no mean feat with wet kindling and heavy winds but he persevered (what a man!) - we were able to stay fairly toasty by the fire. With no heat due to the power failure it was much colder in the yurt! By about 10pm the hydro came back on, the yurt warmed up and we called it a night!
On the second day we bought TWO bags of wood...just in case! Snow pellets aside it was a glorious day. We had a long hike which ended up on the shores of Lake Huron facing winds so strong it was a challenge remaining upright. The wind was howling, the waves were HUGE - it was an awe inspiring experience. In the evening we had a campfire for several hours and toasted in the New Year with a bottle of bubbly and made plans to come back next year!
The third day we hiked again and met up with a family who were patiently holding out their hands filled with birdseed trying to get the chickadees to land & eat. Both Michael and I joined in with great success. Although -18c we kept warm and braved the beach once again. This time however, the frigid temperatures had worked their special magic and everything - logs, driftwood, long grasses - was encased in ice!
Here are a few pictures from Day One of our Yurt adventure:
|Stopped at a lookout point along the way - as you can see the river has overflowed its banks from all of the rain.|
|Men like Michael (sensitive, sweet, thoughtful, loving, in touch with his feelings:) really are a rare breed!|
|There - you can see a couple of yurts through the trees - no snow at all at this point. Just rain.|
|Each yurt is equipped with a gas BBQ. We used it to heat up our mulled wine and to cook our sausages the 2nd night.|
|We also had a picnic table (wet!) and firepit...also wet!|
|Here, let me show you around inside the yurt: there are two sets of bunkbeds, singles on top and double on the bottom. Add to that a table and several plastic deck chairs plus one wall-mounted electric heater. The peak of the yurt is open to the elements with just a raised cover over the opening to keep out some of the rain, snow pellets and snow.|
It was actually quite magical to live so close to the elements: the wind and waves created a constant roar and it was funny to see the snow pellets drifting down from the hole in the peak of the yurt!
We had to bring our own food, drinks, dishes, pots, towels and sleeping bags. I made a huge crockpot full of chili which we kept on low, brought muesli breakfast pitas, homemade scones with raisins and chocolate chips (YUM) because as you know you have to EAT MORE when you're winter camping to help keep you WARM!
|There's our free bag of wood:) And our outdoor cooler! Anything we needed to keep chilled we just left outside our door which, by the way, had about a half-inch gap around three sides - no need to worry about a lack of fresh air!!|
|The food, beverage, flashlight, music and everything else centre!|
|I have no recall of what I was pointing at but at this point we were collecting kindling to make our first fire.|
|Michael and the kindling box - at this point he's still smiling because he doesn't yet know how hard it's going to be to get that first fire going!|
|Working away at getting the fire going with a mug of mulled wine at the ready. Did you know that glossy magazine pages don't burn very well?|
|SUCCESS!! Thank goodness as it became our only source of heat for many hours.|
|He was a little worried I was going to melt the rubber on the bottom of my new boots, but I DIDN'T, OK??|
|Here I am inside the yurt in our cozy little bed looking for images and words for my 2012 vision board - that pink fuzzy PJ top is the warmest thing I've ever worn...ever!|
|Opening the yurt door on Day Two - it SNOWED!!!|
About 1/2 an inch, but it SNOWED!!!
Stay tuned, more to come...