Imagine…winter, a balmy -5C, heaps of snow, glow sticks at night, toboggans, an untracked toboggan run, ice cold creeks with icicles above them dangling from the bushes ready to pluck and slurp, friends galore, running
amok in a mountain hut, free rein to do whatever you wanna do (well, within reason, right?), fire places, more heaps of snow, no lego, 12ish hours each day of free play, no electronic devices, an army of plastic soldiers, cards… OMG, the list could go on! If you were indeed setting your imagination to such a thing, you’d be forgiven if you swooned as you were delivered into the ideal winter weekend of a child’s life. Whew! …take a break…
This was the 4th (5th?) annual Winter Wheeler Hut Family Weekend! Sure, it doesn’t seem as idyllic for the parents of those kids lucky enough to be there, but as a famous person (who exactly, is anyone’s guess) once said, “You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.” So, while dads’ and moms’ hands were elbow deep in dirty dish water, there were smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts – potentially helped by beer, or scotch, or Baileys or wine!
There were about 30 of us altogether, roughly half adults, half kids, ranging in age from 1-10 (the kids, that is). Many parental units were dads out alone with their sons or daughters for the weekend – sweet. This year we had a wide open toboggan hill leading from the rail bed trail down into the campground, which was great, and awesome fun but paled in comparison to the luge run we were able to build through the trees last year! Believe it or not, there wasn’t nearly the snow this year on this early season trip as there was last year, by 4 or 5 feet!
This trip is definitely the stuff of memories and part of a foundation for a great outdoor life!
Thanks to the Belangers, Franshams, Grants, Englers, McCranks, Britos’, Stacks and Syvertsons for a fantastic, fun weekend!