Christmas at the cottage

by pambythesea

After a wonderful visit in North Augusta we all drove to my parents’ cottage on Dec 26.  It is in Haliburton Forest, and my mom and stepdad had it built about five years ago. Beautiful!

One of the highlights was visiting the Haliburton Forest.  This place really has it all- dogsledding, snowmobiling, cabins, lakes, hiking trails, a farm.  The list goes on!  Our first stop was to see their baby moose, Hershey.

His mother was hit on the road, and they took him in at the Forest Centre. 

He was friendly!

He came right over and ate leaves that we found for him.  We also found him some hay, which he gingerly took into his mouth and then promptly spat it out.  He’s a browser, not a grazer!

I’ve never touched a moose before.  He was soft!

He also had really sweet, shy eyes.  

Hershey can’t be released into the wild, because he never got the chance to learn any of the wild behaviours he would need to survive.  He seems pretty happy at the Centre though!

Here he is eating snow off the top of his enclosure.  He was kind of like an awkward teen- all awkward limbs and knees.

After visiting Hershey, we went on the Art Walk, which is a short walk in the woods that has art along the way.  It’s such a great idea!  All of the pieces are really natural-looking, and most are made from wood.  One of the most fun ones is the Castorimba- a big set of chimes made from sticks cut down by beavers!

You play the chimes with big sticks.  Kids would love this one!

Adult kids too.  After the art walk, we were heading back along the road while my mom was telling us a bit about the Wolf Centre at Halibuton Forest that we were walking by.  They have a wolf pack, and in the visitor’s centre you can see them being fed and learn all about them.  All of a sudden Joe says “There’s a wolf right there!”.  To our left, a black wolf with bright yellow eyes was staring at us!  

It was spooky, and so cool.  They’re not usually out where we were, so it was a great treat to see them.

There turned out to be four wolves in total- two black and two gray.  I liked the black ones better- it felt like they were staring into my soul!

After a nice, fatty lunch of poutine, fries and grilled cheese, we walked along a nice beach in the snow, looking at expensive cottages.  It was so much fun!  Joe and I are really lucky to have such amazing parents.