Algonquin Park: Camping Trip Logs: 033 - Winter Camping 2015 - Access Point #12
Trip Log: February 12 - 16, 2015 Pinetree Lake.
February 14, 2015 – Valentine's Day in the Woods
It was a slow start this morning, again it was very cold overnight. The coffee was started and we enjoyed a couple of cups while waiting for people to start arriving. It was expected that up to half a dozen people would be coming in for a day trip. We puttered around getting a bit more firewood and prepping the outdoor fire pit for socializing around.
It was impressive that people were making the drive to the park and coming in to the camp for a few hours as the day was cold and windy. We spent some time watching snow devils out on the pond surface before getting a roaring fire going to thaw out some lunch and ourselves.
The afternoon was mainly spent conversing around the campfire, a lot of us had not seen each other in quite a while so it was good to catch up with everybody. You can’t have a gathering without some kind of libation being served. I had done my usual scouring of the interwebs and found an interesting sounding drink – the Snake Bite. I’m not sure the lovely ladies found it to their liking but all the bearded gentleman seemed to.
February 15, 2015 – Cold In The Woods
This was the coldest night of the trip and in the morning my max/min thermometer said the low was -35.7°C. That’s cold! It was so cold that the LCD screen didn’t work properly and I couldn’t read the temperature until I got it home and thawed it out.
February 16, 2015 – Heading Home (to the warmth)
Unlike the summer, when you might want to delay your departure, today was all about getting things torn down and making the trek out. Cold is all manageable with commonsense and the right gear, but who wouldn’t want to be in their car with the heater cranked up if they could?
After a quick oatmeal breakfast we packed up sleeping bags and gear before starting on the tents. Loading the sleds and a quick check of the area for missed items and garbage and we were away on the packed trail leading out.
2015 Winter camping trip complete!
Trip Log 033
Access Point #12
Pond near Pinetree Lake
Around the fire.
A bitterly cold long weekend trip to familar Pinetree Lake. A large crowd showed up for the annual winter trip.
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