Monday, March 06, 2006

Tracy's Algonquin Park Winter Weekend

All this snow is too enticing to let it pass by without experiencing it for myself. This past weekend I am headed north for a winter weekend at Algonquin Park with my good friend Rebecca.

The first stop on our itinerary was at a deluxe lakeside inn on Highway #11. This is the Inn where our Adventure for Two couples enjoy a 4 star lunch. Our hosts were excellent, the room was comfortable, the meals were delightful and we were even daring enough to brave the outdoor hot tub!

On Saturday I experienced dog sledding for the first time on a full day trip. The day started with an orientation where I met my guide and learned all about the commands that are necessary for mushing my very own team of 6 dogs. After the orientation we arrived at the Dog Yard and harnessed our team. The dogs were so excited to get out on the trail! Once our group was ready to run I stood on the back of my sled and Rebecca sat in the basket (also used for holding gear on the overnight trips). I yelled "Let's Go!" and off my team sped along snow covered roads and powder forest trails. This is the real deal! This trip is definiltey for people that are looking some excitement (and a little bit of a workout)! To view pictures of the day trip click on the photo below!

Following the trip, Rebecca and I drove out to the Algonquin Cottage Outpost and unwound in the Magnetawan Chalet. Joe, our Algonquin Log Cabin cook had some delicious Dream Bars waiting for us when we arrived. We had a delicious dinner and a bottle of wine and spent the evening talking and looking through our digital pictures from our dog sledding day. On Sunday morning I woke up early to experience a beautiful winter sunrise over Kawawaymog Lake. Rebecca and I went for a short snowshoe on the edge of the lake before heading home.

There is so much to do at the northwest corner of Algonquin Park. On my next winter visit I look forward to doing some ice fishing and snowmobiling.