Beat the Winter Blues by Yurting

Winter Yurting - Our Yurt

Last week we spent three days in a yurt at The Pinery. Three days at -15C (5F) during the day and -20C (-4F) at night. That’s what happens when I leave Darren in charge of booking our winter vacation.

Winter Yurting - Our Yurt

Winter Yurting - Icicles

The view from our yurt was fantastic, nestled in the woods surrounded by trees.

Winter Yurting - The View

And Darren made sure we weren’t too far away from the heated bathrooms with running water.

I really wasn’t sure about the whole thing, I mean, this time of year I’m cold sitting on the couch in our living room. So I wore lots of layers – an undershirt, a t-shirt, a long sleeve thermal shirt, and a wool sweater up top, and wool undies, long underwear, wool socks, and jeans down below. And those were my inside clothes. Outside I still layered on my pashmina scarf, wool hat, thrummed mittens, down parka, and winter boots.

Winter Yurting - Me

Winter Yurting - Darren

I was worried about what we’d eat, especially for breakfast. All we had was a barbecue. We don’t really eat much meat and I figured it would be good to start with something warming but I’m not into oatmeal.

So I made breakfast burritos filled with egg, sausage, cheese, and red peppers. Not the healthiest thing I’ve ever started the day with but I figured the fats and protein would keep us warm.

Winter Yurting - Breakfast Burritos

Oh, and we made breakfast dessert. Wraps filled with nutella, bananas, strawberries, and peanuts, warmed on the barbecue. I mean hey, we were on holidays.

Winter Yurting - Breakfast Dessert

Two things you didn’t know about Darren:

  1. He has an amazing laugh.
  2. He’s a nature whisperer. Birds and insects land on him ALL THE TIME.

Look closely, see the bird on the back of his head?

Winter Yurting - Darren and Bird

We spent most of our daylight hours on nature walks and once we got going I was surprisingly warm.

Winter Yurting - Walking Trail Winter Yurting - Walking Trail Winter Yurting - White Pine Winter Yurting - Sunshine Winter Yurting - Walking Trail Winter Yurting - Nature Walk Winter Yurting - Falling Snow Winter Yurting - Falling Snow

And it was breathtakingly beautiful.

What are your favourite winter activities? Snowshoeing? Skiing? Have you ever been cold weather camping? Or do you snuggle up under a blanket with a book and wait for the whole thing to be over?

by Jennifer

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