So! Yesterday was “get out or bust” day. If you recall, we had already parked the truck at the end of the road. So all we had to do was fire up the snowmobile, attach the sled to the back, and set off. Paul had the brilliant idea of bringing one of our heavy-duty tote bins, as well as a small can of extra gas just in case. He covered the whole with the snowmobile cover to keep it secure, and off we went.
The weather forecast was calling for milder temperatures later in the day and rain, so we had to get out as early as possible before the road turned to even worse mush. So we set off at 8 am, helmets on, and fingers crossed. The ride went fairly smooth, except in a couple of spots where a patch of wet muddy road was visible. The trick is not to go too slow. So we made it to the truck, put the tote bin in the back of the pickup, and left the snowmobile parked out of the way of any traffic to the mill. So far, so good!
It was great to finally be out! Middle River was still mostly snow-packed, but as we got closer to Baddeck, the snow got less and less. By the time we reached the Cabot Trail Motel, we were seeing grassy lawns! Amazing how the snow amounts change within such a small distance (10 kms from our place to Baddeck).
So we did our shopping, packed it all into the tote bin, and set off back home. We had to restrict our groceries to the amount we could fit in the bin, which was a bit annoying, especially when you haven’t been able to get out to buy groceries for almost 3 weeks! But we kept to the basics, and managed to fit it all in (yes, we remembered to get dog food!). We were supposed to go and visit a friend, but it started to rain hard and we had to make a decision … would the road be completely impassable by the time we got back? We decided to just go straight home … and good job we did. It was already beginning to break down when we arrived at the snowmobile. We put the bin in the sled and set off. I kept looking back to make sure the bin was still in the sled … but it did well and with Paul’s driving skill, we managed to get home in one piece. We didn’t even break an egg!
Was it ever good to finally have fresh milk, cheese and eggs again! The very first thing we did after everything was put away, was cook up a full English breakfast: eggs, bacon, mushrooms, fresh bread and butter with home-made marmalade, and of course, percolated coffee with fresh milk! Fantastic!
The snow is still 3 feet deep and frozen solid in many places, and there’s not much sign of it melting down any time soon. The whole thing is acting like a refrigerator. I have no idea when we’re going to see grass, let alone get anything planted! But at least we have been able to turn the heat off … that’s a good start.
Watch this space for signs of spring … !!