For the past several weeks, there have been mice (otherwise known as my husband) leaving notes around our house. They have been giving us clues about an upcoming trip, which was a surprise for both the little babe and myself. I was content not to know, but when the notes started mentioning things like sleeping bags, snow, and having to haul our gear in by sled, I got a bit anxious curious. I also happened to spy an email subject line on my husband's computer and so had a good hunch, but I couldn't put it all together. What it turned out to be was a fantastic quick trip to Vermont and Maine and yes, we did sleep in sleeping bags, trudge through snow, and haul our gear by sled (and head lamp) into our tiny house Airbnb. We also did this.
(Other participant's baskets above.)
We attended a pack basket making workshop at Lazy Mill Living Arts in Stannard, Vermont. We had a great time with awesome people in a beautiful snowy setting AND we came home with two handmade baskets. My husband's basket has a much nicer shape than mine, but mine will hold a lot - maybe even the little babe!
After the workshop ended on Sunday, we headed through the White Mountains to western Maine and spent the night in the Crooked River Tiny House. We arrived after dark and not sure how far we had to haul our gear through the snow. Luckily it was not that far and the little house warmed up quickly, so much that we even slept with a window open during the single digit Maine night. The next morning we explored the property along the river, spotted turkey and mouse tracks (yes, mouse, not moose), and walked back on the frozen river.
We then headed over to our favorite beach to see what it is like in February.
The funny part is that we went North looking for a "real winter" and we did find it, but then two days after returning home, we woke up to a surprising winter wonderland - 5 inches of heavy snow. I had a fantastic trip, but it feels good to be home and back in our woods, especially on skis!