I have to say it’s so neat to be surrounded by skidoos, trikes and quads, ALL the time. Everyone here has a quad, or a trike, or a skidoo (and some have all three!). I know there are lots of people who spend weekends at the lake in Saskatchewan and hit the skidoo all the time. I also know that there are LOTS of people who skidoo in Alberta, especially out around the mountains where the snow is plentiful all winter long. Myself, however, never really had the opportunity to do any of that. So it’s a fun experience for me to not only try it, but be immersed in a culture where having a skidoo or a quad (or both) isn’t just a lot of fun, it’s a way of life !!
People here use their quads, with plow attachments, to shovel out their driveways after a big storm (and the quads are out BEFORE the snowblower, that’s for sure lol). They use their skidoos, with sled attachments, to fetch wood from the, well, woods lol, to burn in their wood furnaces to stay warm on cold winter days.
We don’t have a plow attachment for our trike (mark my words – YET – guaranteed we will at some point lol), and only the kids have a quad, but let me tell you, between those two things, there’s been endless fun. While we’ve been exploring the trails, and taking rides back and forth to Nan’s house on the quad, offering Caleb some indepedance to show us that he can handle driving it “all by himself”, etc… there’s been other fun, too !!
Fun like Nathan towing Caleb on a sled behind the quad…
or maybe Jody towing Nathan…
or my personal favourite, Caleb towing Jody 🙂
And what fun winter day on the quad, where there was so much ice, and no where near enough snow for the skidoo, would be complete… without a few donuts.
Nathan is even learning to drive the trike himself (with Jody riding on the back), and is enjoying the process 🙂
This past Sunday, I had the great honour of being part of a typical weekend affair for Jody’s family. A trip out to the cabin for a “boil up“. We all met up down near Aaron’s shed, and loaded up all the food, beer and ice fishing equipment onto the skidoos. Jody drove the trike, actually Shane’s trike, which has a seat welded onto the back, and was perfect for Nathan to sit on. Shane had his skidoo with his two boys, Bradley and Colby. Aaron drove in on his skidoo, Uncle Calvin on his, Aunt Louise on hers, and I rode with Jennifer on her skidoo 🙂 Caleb, the brave little dude, rode on the sled pulled behind Uncle Calvin’s skidoo, on which he had a GT Racer tied on for some winter towing fun 🙂
There was hardly enough snow, and it was a rough ride, but we still had an incredibly fun time !! We buzzed out towards the back of Uncle Calvin’s land, and Nan’s garden, and Jennifer tipped over the skidoo we were on about 30 seconds after we left 🙂 We had a good laugh! Sadly, no pictures, as the camera was strapped to me! Our first destination was Pop Jack’s old cabin.
Pop was Jody’s grandfather, who passed away18 years ago. This cabin was made the same year Jill was born, so Jody would’ve been 2.5 at the time. Uncle Calvin was telling me about the fact that they took special care to cut the trees for the cabin a good distance from the cabin, so the surrounding trees would offer it privacy and protection from the wind, etc. Sadly, over the years, people have cut a lot of the trees around the cabin and it’s quite “out in the open” now. It’s a beautiful little spot, and the cabin has so much character, so much family history, despite the fact that it’s been all but abandoned for years now.
We all took the opportunity to check out the cabin, and take a rest.
Jennifer laid back on her skidoo (the yellow one) while I was hopped off, and commented that some people go to Dominican and lay on the beach, but her laid back, with her feet up on the skidoo, was a “little slice of Canadian paradise” 🙂 I had to agree. It wasn’t too cold out, there was a light snow falling, and it was truly beautiful.
The kids did a little foundation test, to see how strong Pop Jack’s cabin really was.
Nathan, Colby & Caleb up on the roof 🙂
After that, we loaded back up onto the skidoos, and drove to the “Hillier” cabin 🙂 Jennifer even let me drive the skidoo the rest of the way, which was so much fun. Yes, Mom, I know, Jody REALLY needs to grab the camera during these times and get some pictures lol We drove to the pond that the cabin is on, and parked the skidoos.
And headed into the cabin.
Aaron started the fire, and it warmed up very quickly in the cabin. Aaron, being the genius that he is, rigged up this awesome add on to the wood stove. It acts like an oven, essentially! Very cool 🙂
While dinner was cooking, the kids went outside to play. They took turns riding the GT down the hill by the cabin, and Uncle Calvin took Caleb for a ride on the GT, which he pulled with Aunt Louise’s skidoo!! My little daredevil REALLY enjoyed that !!
Then it was time for some ice fishing! Jody took on the challenge of using the auger to make some holes in the ice.
Aaron, Jody, Nathan, Caleb and Colby - all eager to do a little "trouting"!
Jody was a little tired by the time he was done, but don’t let his exhausted expression fool you… he was in 7th heaven 🙂
When it comes to ice fishing, Jennifer means business 🙂 She was deep in concentration for quite some time, and even came in to get some shrimp she had brought with her to try as bait !!
And after a brief bit of instruction from Aunt Louise
Bradley, Nathan & Aunt Louise
Nathan and Bradley decided they were going to try their very best to catch us a trout to fry up !!
Bradley & Nathan Ice Fishing!
Sadly, despite some real efforts, no trout were biting that day !! We all met back in the cabin for dinner. They had put potatoes, onion and water into a small roasting pan, and man oh man, was it GOOD (and only in about 30 minutes time)!! He also cooked up some moose sausage (delicious!) in a frying pan, and they were making toast, too 🙂 Aunt Louise brought some Lambs rum (yummy) and pepsi, and Uncle Calvin went outside to get us some ice 🙂 It was a lovely dinner, and a great visit.
After finishing up our tea and chocolate, it was time to pack up and get ready to head back.
We rode back, and all convened at Aaron’s shed to discuss what a great afternoon it had been.
Hillier Sawmill, and Aaron's shed with the crowd.
The four boys took turns riding the GT Racer down the hill by Nan’s house, to the backdrop of the ocean and a gorgeous sunset.
What a fun, fun day. 🙂
Needless to say, we’ll be watching the NL Classifieds to see if we can a) find a track for our skidoo, and b) find a skidoo for ME !!! 🙂