Sunday, 19 February 2017
Night time boil-up
A few of us have been talking about doing a night time snowshoe trek and boil-up. With the dump of 60 cms snow in the last week we had our opportunity. So, Saturday at 7:00 pm Brian, Derrick, Hazen, Sherry, Sue and I met at Olivers Pond Road to put on our snowshoes.
We walked down narrow trails between trees heavily laden down with snow.
At this clearing the trek went to the left.
Making tracks through pure undisturbed snow.
Emerging from the narrow trail onto the lake with ...
... its wide open space. Here we had it easy waking along snow beaten down by snowmobilers.
Regaining the shelter of the trees we decided on this spot to have our fire and boil-up. Each of us brought a bundle of splits and other odds and ends of wood for our fire.
We had a well sheltered location out of the wind that was really quite comfortable.
Derrick brought his hi-tech "kettle" and suspended it above the fire as people waited anxiously for it to come to a rolling boil.
I'm not sure what Jake made of all this?
After about 30 minutes the fire melted down through the snow layer and finished our hot chocolate drinks we piled snow on the fire to extinguish it and marched back to the cars.
It was a super way to spend 2 and a half hours and take advantage of the opportunities that winter offers. Thanks to everyone who shared the evening. We'll have to do this again for sure!