You never know where geocaching will take you. This time it was through a ton of rose bushes and then under a rural bridge.
A picture perfect lake with only the sound of croaking frogs and singing birds.
This is what a wild Friday night is like at the cabin.
Lake Isle, Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada
Here is the post everyone has been waiting for!
Every year at our cabin we experience one or two mayfly weekends. A mayfly weekend is pretty hard not to notice. The sides of our cabin are coated with mayflies. There is a constant buzzing and humming as the mayflies swarm. A step onto the grass sets off another swarm, and if you dare open the door to the cabin the little invaders invite themselves in to fly near the house lights all evening long.
We went to the lake and got swarmed. We tried to rake the flowerbeds and got swarmed.
We went to check out the noise at our neighbours and saw this…….
Even sneaking into the cabin meant dealing with these flying creatures. We left the light on at the front and went in the back door in the dark hoping to lessen the number of indoor mayflies.
Mayfly weekend is definitely something to see, however remember to keep your mouth closed when outside or you’ll have a not-so-tasty flying treat in your mouth!
It seems like this week we have been on the move a lot. We drove back from the coast (close to 24 hours door to door), got everyone settled in work and school, then discovered insurance didn’t cover snow load on the cabin so it was off to the cabin this weekend to sort that out.
As usual we didn’t get going early in the day, so by the time we made the almost 3 hour drive we were starting to see the sun go down. The clear winter sky gave us a beautiful sunset over a frozen Lake Isle (Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada).
Once the snow passed their waists we realized that playing in the snow at the cabin wasn’t exactly working as they were completely stuck. While Mark pulled out the ladder and started clearing the roof I shoveled out a mini road through the snow for the littles so that they could at least walk up and down and play a little. Littles settled, up I went to help Mark on the roof.
The snow was heavy and thick once we got on the roof. It was much deeper than it appeared from the ground. Mark took one side and I took the other and got to work (and moaned a bit about how much snow there was!). We shoveled until we were out of light and then called it a day.
We managed to get about two feet of snow off the roof before darkness set in . It might not be perfect but a lot of the weight was now off the roof. We took a quick moment to take a look inside the cabin and all was safe and sound exactly how we left it when we put it to bed in October.
The cabin was tempting us to stay, but we were three kids short (they were having dinner with the grandparents) and hadn’t brought water. Now we are thinking “maybe next weekend”. Perhaps this is the year we should open it up early, go for a snowshoe and get a big old fire roaring in the fireplace.
Last night we had to do a quick run up to the cabin. A quick run, in this case, was 2.5 hours up, 20 minutes there, and 3 hours back. It was a case of sorting out the water system for winter. Every year we leave it until the last minute hoping for unseasonably warm weather and inevitably have to make an emergency trip north once we are threatened with a night of really cold temperatures.
This sunset tempted me for ages. It was truly beautiful. Eventually I just had to give in, find a safe place to pull off to the side, and take a shot.
You just have to love the beauty of rural Alberta.
We tidy the cabin.
We put the beds to bed.
I often blog about time at the cabin and I am sure many wonder just where it is. Our cabin area has unfortunately been in the news lately. The train derailment that occurred at Gainford, Alberta this past weekend is just across the lake from our cabin. We hear the 1 a.m. train every weekend and that very same train is the one that derailed and sent fireballs flaring. We were lucky this past weekend, a few kids fighting colds kept us from going up for the final close up. Luckily we avoided the smoke and the traffic problems, which is minor compared to the families that have been evacuated and have had farmland burned to the ground. Hopefully final close up will happen this weekend.
(Warning: today is municipal election day in Alberta. As I watch the numbers roll in this evening I know the scene is building for a very immature post from me tomorrow. Just thought I would throw out the warning!)
As we were driving back from the cabin we came across a field of horses. We have probably passed this field a hundred times without noticing, but the lighting and fall color certainly caught my eye on Sunday afternoon. It was also very convenient as I needed a few horse pictures to work the last few book illustrations from.
The fall leaves made for colorful pictures. I am glad I had the opportunity to shoot this last weekend as I have a feeling that when I drive past this field today that the leaves will all be on the ground.
I know I have a few residents of Lac Ste. Anne County that pop by the blog on occasion so I thought I would just put up a quick link for the open house coming up this weekend. The details can be found at this link.
This is a great opportunity to see what may be up and coming in the county.
The Open House is on Saturday, September 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Sangudo Community Hall.