CHRISTMAS AT THE CABIN

DECEMBER 2010

XENA AND I DECIDED THIS YEAR WE WOULD NOT TRAVEL 1400 kms TO THE SOUTH TO BE WITH FAMILY. WE WANTED A NICE RELAXING XMAS TO RELAX AND ENJOY. I EMAILED MY AMERICAN FRIEND AND ASKED IF I COULD BORROW HIS REMOTE CABIN 50 kms FROM THE "KINGDOM". ALL HE SAID WAS NO PROBLEM AND GET LOTS OF PICTURES BECAUSE HE WOULD NEVER GET TO SEE HIS CABIN COVERED IN SNOW. THE PLAN WAS SIMPLE, DROP THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" OFF AT THE START OF THE BOAT LAUNCH ROAD. THEN RETURN TO THE "KINGDOM" AND TRADE VEHICLES FOR THE BLUE SUBURBAN MY AMERICAN FRIEND CALLS THE "BURB". WE CHOSE TO TAKE THIS VEHICLE ACROSS THE ICE BECAUSE IT IS PAID FOR NOT LIKE MY PINK CREW CAB. THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" AND THE "BURB" WILL PLOW 2kms TO THE LAKE THEN THE 5 kms ACROSS THE LAKE TO THE CABIN. THE DEAD LINE TO BE AT THE CABIN WAS 2pm BECAUSE THAT WOULD GIVE US LOTS (LESS THEN 2 HOURS) DAYLIGHT TO GET THE CABIN UP AND RUNNING. REMEMBER THIS IS OUR XMAS AT THE CABIN WHICH IS RELAXING SO WE WERE UP AT 5am TO GET THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" DELIVERED AND THE "BURB" PACKED AND TO THE BOAT LAUNCH ROAD. AT 5:02am THE "BURB" DOES NOT WANT TO START BECAUSE IT IS ONLY -25C AND THIS VEHICLE CAME FROM THE SOUTH WITHOUT A BLOCK HEATER TO WARM THE MOTOR. ONLY 33 MINUTES LATER THANSK TO A PROPANE TIGER TORCH, THE "BURB" IS UP AND RUNNING. XENA AND I DROP THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" OFF AT THE BOAT LAUNCH ROAD WHICH IS NOT REALLY DARK BECAUSE IT WAS A FULL MOON. OF COURSE IT IS COLD AND THE DUMB CAMERA DIDN'T LIKE IT SO THE PICTURE IS BLURRY.

XENA AND I HEAD BACK TO THE "KINGDOM" AND PICK UP THE "BURB". I SNAPPED THIS SHOT OF US LEAVING THE "KINGDOM".

WE DRIVE THE 45kms BACK TO MEET UP WITH "KOMMUNIST KAT" WHO HAS BEEN WAITING FOR US. THE GREY TRAILER IS THE BLACK 68 CHEVY 1/2 TON THAT I CUT UP LAST FALL. BEING COLOUR BLIND DON'T ASK HOW THE TRAILER BECAME GREY.

THE TRICK TO THE ROAD TO THE LAKE IS ROCKS AND MORE ROCKS. I TAKE MY TIME AND PLOW IT NICE AND SLOW BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BREAK THE CAT ON THE FIRST DAY OF FOUR.

XENA IS DRIVING THE "BURB", SHE WILL BE A TEENAGE IN JANUARY AND THE BREAST FAIRY HAS BEEN MAKING NIGHTLY VISITS. SO DRIVING IS NOTHING NEW FOR HER EVEN WITH A TRAILER. (OH THEY GROW UP QUICKLY)

I JUST HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE BOAT DOCK UNDER ALL THE SNOW. ME AND THE BOAT DOCK GO BACK A LONG WAY WITH A HURT SHOULDER, BOUNCING THE BOAT OFF OF IT IN THE WIND, LOL.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT THE LAKE WHEN YOU CAN TAKE A PICTURE OF A BOAT AND A CAT TOGETHER.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT, A NICE WIDE ROAD TO THE LAKE.

AS A FAVOUR TO A NATIVE ELDER, I PLOWED THE ROAD STRAIGHT ACROSS TO HIS CABIN.

WHEN YOU PLOW, YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT WIDE ENOUGH TO TURN AROUND AT THE OTHER END.

I'LL BE BACK HERE ON DEC 25 WITHOUT THE CAT AND I DON'T WANT TO GET STUCK WITH THE "BURB".

THE ICE IS GREAT FUN WITH A CAT, I CAN EVEN DO A POWER TURN AT 3 MILES PER HOUR, LOL.

THE LAST AND FINAL PASS BEFORE WE HEAD OFF.

WITH XENA BEHIND IN THE "BURB", I HAVE THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" IN 5th GEAR FOR TOP SPEED.

THIS IS THE FUN PART "THE NARROWS". WHERE THE ICE SHOULD BE THE THINNEST OR NO ICE AT ALL.

NOW WE HAVE 2kms TO GO TO THE CABIN AND THE NORTH SHORE IS ALL COVERED IN FOG. THIS IS NOT A BIG PROBLEM BUT THE CABIN IS LOCATED AT THE MOUTH OF THE HUGHES RIVER. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO GET WET FOR XMAS BECAUSE MOST RIVERS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ARE STILL OPEN WATER.

WE TOOK THE LONG WAY WHICH IS THE SAFE WAY TO THE CABIN. THE FOG DIDN'T LET US TAKE ANY GOOD PICTURES OF ARRIVING AT THE CABIN FOR SOME REASON.

I TAKE THE "KOMMUNIST KAT" AND MAKE A ROUNDY ROUNDY DRIVEWAY TO PARK. JUST LIKE THOSE RICH PEOPLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, LOL.

SECOND PART OF DEC 24 2010

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