On Sunday, we went cross-country skiing with our friends at the beautiful Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Near the sanctuary, there are lots of ice-fishing huts on the the St. Lawrence River...
Yes, people drive their pick-up trucks onto the ice and yes, I think it's crazy, and yes, every year, somebody's truck goes through the ice. This happens all over Canada. Like this. And this. And this. And, oh wait, this.
If you don't have your own ice-fishing hut (like this deluxe version we saw on the highway outside Montréal), you can rent one in Long Sault:
I'm guessing "collette" is French for ice hut. That's one word I don't have in my French vocabulary!
But back to skiing...
The bird sanctuary is a beautiful place.
The snow was pretty slippery though, and I should have put more wax on my skis...
...because I fell flat on my back three times! I was quite comfy lying in the snow, and the view was pretty, but people kept offering to help me up!
There were lots of animal tracks in the snow. These ones belonged to a raccoon!
Looks nice enough to skate on!
There is a little chalet and outhouse halfway through the ski course. I took pictures of tree graffiti while the girls had a sit-down.
I am wondering if that says Hope & Todd forever, or "Hope", "Love" and "Todd Forever." I wonder if she still loves Todd? That graffiti is deeply ingrained has been there for a very long time.
GOrdon and our friend Jim skiing under the afternoon sun.
There are a lot of tame birds at the sanctuary and this little White-breasted Nuthatch was looking for a handout. I didn't have anything on hand, but...
...later we found a few peanuts, and fed the chickadees near the main building. They are exceedingly tame there!
How can you not smile with a chickadee in your hand?
Here comes Gordon!
And this is weirdness...
pussywillows in January?! Too early!!!!
We had an excellent day and I hope to get out skiing again soon. It's snowing right now but we're due for up to 12 hours of freezing rain tonight into tomorrow. That will make for a big mess. I just hope our power stays on! I didn't live here during the Ice Storm of 1998, but this farm was without power for over two weeks, and all the hydro poles along the laneway had to be replaced after they collapsed!
Have a happy winter day!