Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winter Getaway

We just returned on Monday from a lovely long weekend up north near Huntsville at a place called Cedar Grove Lodge. This was the first time we have been there and it definitely will not be the last! We now understand why so many return to vacation here year after year! We will definitely be joining in those ranks as we were able to do what we had wanted to do... Experience winter the way it should be experienced - Outside!

We didn't do a lot of outdoor exploration the first day we got there as check in wasn't until 4 p.m., but as we walked back to our cabin after dinner we walked out on the lake to admire the stars and the full moon. It brought me back to years in high school in the Outers Club when we would go to Bark Lake in the winter and spend our first night trekking through the snow with our eyes closed (trust walk) only to end up lying flat on our backs on the lake looking at the stars. Majestic doesn't even begin to describe it.

The following day we spent the entire morning outside playing in the snow. After breakfast we donned our snow attire, picked up some ice skates and took Sebastian out to the rink on the lake. This was the first time he had ever been on skates! Jamie unfortunately did not get to skate as there were no skates his size but it enabled him to be a more stable support for Sebastian. Sebastian however, was more interested in playing hockey than actual skating, so when he realized we didn't have a puck he quickly lost interest. However, when on the skates there were a couple of times that he would purposely fall and we were surprised at how easily he managed to get back up to a standing position with the skates on without our help. Lessons may be in the cards for next winter!

After skating we played outside for the remainder of the morning, hiking, tobogganing and making a snowman. After lunch we played in the games room where Sebastian amazed us with his billiard skills. There were a variety of games, such as air hockey, ping-pong and shuffle board and we were joined by another family with small children. The remainder of the day was spent watching the Men's Olympic game (Yay Canada!!) while the kids played nearby. It was really cute watching these two play together and we're hoping we'll see them again next year at the lodge.

On our last day we went snow shoeing for a bit and just hiked around the property and lake. It really was a lot of fun and we're really happy we were able to give Sebastian this experience. Looking forward to next year already!!

There are quite a lot of pics so I've made them smaller, but if you want to see them better just click on them & they will enlarge.

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