Our stay at the “castle”, part 2

As the day grew older, we started to think about going down to a lake and do some ice fishing. The boys ran around having fun with hide and go seek and climbing trees and I started packing our backpacks. After a while the packing was done and we were ready to go.

The camp boss trying to muster the troops.

After a little bit of hiking we encounter some interesting things in the snow. After some guessing what it could be, one of the boys thought it might have been a really big fox. But after taking a closer look we found out that it had been the day bed for two moose, cow and its calf. We also found a track from a lynx, not completely fresh, but not older than three or four days.We did not see any wild animals on this trip but we did hear the barking of a fox in the night. We know what the fox say!

The youngest one checking out the lynx tracks.

The hike homeward continued with the occasional sledding down the slopes we could find, and after some backtracking to sled some more we got to the lake where we thought about doing some ice fishing. But, after going down to the ice the camp boss decided we had to postpone it until the water on top of the ice freeze again or the water drain. The kids did not agree with the decision, they thought it would be great fun to skid around with water splashing all around. We hope to do some ice fishing without getting wet in the near future.

Sledding all the way!

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Sunday trip was canceled.

Some days during the winter we dream about this.

As the weather has been really bad here this weekend we decided to cancel our planned trip. It has been raining non stop for the last 48 hours or so. You could not go out the door without getting wet to the skin. The temperature hovered around 0C, so it was not an ideal time to go outside. We have stayed at home wearing pajamas, playing boardgames, and fired in the furnace. Quite cosy actually. We could have gone on a trip, but I know from experience that nothing kills the love of going out in the forest is being wet even before you have arrived in it. For an adult going out in the rain and bad weather can be a nice change, to see the beauty of nature in all its different aspects. Its not that easy when you’re a kid, its so fun rolling in the snow and jumping in puddles, and when it has been so wet as it has been here the last few days, a day out soon turns wet and cold.Then the kids will not enjoy being outside without the possibility to go inside and get dry. So then we hope for a better opportunity later.

And we did have some fun, since it was mothers day, the boys and I got to bake brownies for breakfast, and with some ice cream, that was a real winner for the boys. Lets hope that the next weekend will give us better weather, it is no problem with -20C, if it is dry we will have a blast.

Enjoyed some gaming accompanied by some hot cocoa and fire in the furnace.
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