Last weekend, after all that snow, we set out to enjoy it. We had waited so long for it after all! Plenty of snow, mild temperatures… it was an idyllic Canadian winter weekend.
On Saturday, as usual, Emery curled in the morning. We then met Oliver for his hockey game, where he won the “herd hat” (player of the game). It was his birthday so we spent the rest of the day celebrating it as a family.
On Sunday, the mild weather meant the snow was perfect for a snowman and Emery built two forts facing each other so he could have snowball fights. We dug out our fire while the kids played.
He had a change of hats but it didn’t matter much because he fell over before we went inside.
That afternoon we invited friends over for a campfire. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and had a few drinks while the kids slid down the hill (over and over and over again). It was such a beautiful day to just be sitting outside and of course to do it with some of our favorite families made it that much more enjoyable! Mmm… s’mores!
On Monday (Family Day), the boys and I took off for a snowshoe. I have been itching to get out since all that snow fell and here was our chance! We pinpointed a waterfall on the map (another “waterfall hunt”), took our geocache treasures, and strapped on the shoes!
The trail was off of Pockwock road so not far from home. It was not well used, though you could tell a few people had walked it before us. Not far off of this main trail we found Pockwock River Falls. I’m not sure the pictures do it justice because it was a surprisingly substantial waterfall. We parked ourselves overlooking the falls and had our hot chocolate and snacks (and selfie, of course). This massive rock was just up the hill. It will be neat to explore in the summer. We had looked for several geocaches on the main trail but found none – likely they were buried in snow. We knew there was one by this large rock but didn’t hold out much hope until Emery spied a black box wedged in a crevice in the rock. We had to dig for this one but we found it!
The Pockwock River empties into Wright’s Lake. I can see us exploring this area much more in the summer. There was a bit of complaining on the hike in and hike out, but this view still fills me with happiness. I am so glad we took the opportunity because the temperatures have been spring-like this past week and much of that lovely snow has melted.
On Monday afternoon we visited friends that have a rink in their yard. This was a treat for the boys, especially skating with their seasoned hockey player of a son. Even Eleanor put her skates on for a while.
The kids didn’t have any trouble falling asleep those days! What a great wintery weekend!