This past holiday weekend, Meaghan, Reg, Jamie, Henry and I drove up to Cape Breton Island to stay in a cabin. It has been a dream of mine to see the Cabot Trail in the snow but have always thought it not practical because of the unpredictable nature of the weather at this time of year. But, we did it!! And after a little bit of a stressful drive over one of the snowy mountain roads, it was a piece of cake 😉
In short, the weather was perfect. Storm upon storm battered us last week but now the weather has mellowed considerably with around 0 temperatures and a steady dusting of snow over the several feet that has previously fallen. The drive through valleys dotted with farms and old barns, cattle and horses in the snow . We met very few cars but would come across dozens parked along the side of the road for tobogganing down the ideal hill. Dreaming about one day owning a little piece of land on this beautiful Island.
When we finally reached our airbnb, nestled at the bottom of the mountains in Cheticamp (just before the entrance to the National Park) there were a few *hiccups* before we could settle in (a broken water heater, our car stuck in the snow, a drive to the owners barn to use the washroom and another instance of our car stuck in the snow….. just a WEE bit of chaos). We decided to drive to the National Park while we waited for the water heater to be fixed. It was M A G I C! The sun was setting, the mountains covered in snow and the ocean had a greenish/grey tint with the sleeping sky.
Once we made it to our cabin with the freedom of being able to use the washroom, we cooked and Jamie went with the owner to get us a huge glass jug of fresh mountain water. They drove into the National Park in total darkness. It was delicious and we drank the whole thing with our sauna trips.
Our stay was filled with tea, walking up the mountain behind the cabin, reading plays aloud, sitting by the woodstove, knitting, a sauna and sleeping E A R L Y! We were without service and the internet and I just wish I could live like that forever. It’s strange, I felt compelled to use the internet when I came home and was overwhelmed with sadness. I just need to be aware of my use and start by cutting it down.
Meaghan also finished a beautiful Olwyn lopi sweater for our Etsy shop, it will be available this weekend! We photographed it in the woods behind the house and very excited about the outcome!
My heart yearns for a deeper connection to this place. I feel very, very lucky that we can drive there and it’s just our neighbouring island but I feel the need to know the trees, streams, rocks in the old hardwood forests. I feel like they speak to me and I, in my meager way, speak back to them. I hope.