This weekend we have the privilege of traveling to Spruce Woods Provincial Park and hiking the Epinette Trail. We have been here previously in the summer and decided that it would be a wonderful trail to snow shoe in winter.
We left mid morning on Saturday, piled into the trusty white BMW and headed west on highway 1 towards Carberry Manitoba. As with any road trip we of course made a quick stop for fuel, snacks and drinks.
The drive out was fantastic, clear skies, dry roads and no rain or snow which was predicted for the day. We eventually got to Carberry and turned down highway 5 and proceeded to Spruce Woods Provincial Park and the Epinette Trail trail head.
We had intended to snow shoe the trail, but thanks to a week of warm temperatures, there was almost no snow to walk on! We put on our boots, strapped on our backpacks and started walking the 1.7 KM to Cabin 2 which we will stop for a break and lunch. Unfortunately due to the wind gusts we were unable to fly our drone, but we did not let that stop us from having fun!
On our way out, we stumbled upon some breath taking views, showing the creek, surrounded by pine trees frozen and locked in winters grasp.
Further down the trail, we managed to get right down next to the frozen stream and take HDR pictures of the water, golden grasses and blue skies. It was just an amazing sight and made one appreciate the beauty of mother nature even in winter.
Feeling invigorated we proceeded to finish the hike to the cabin and started a small fire in the wood stove to heat the cabin slightly and just give a warm feeling. We dug lunch out of our packs and enjoyed a small sip of maple whiskey as is our hiking tradition. It was a wonderful stop we even took pictures from inside the cabin and agreed that we will be back in the spring as well to enjoy Spruce Woods.
After a nice break, lovely fire and good food, we packed up and headed down to the stream just north of the cabin. Here we stumbled upon flowing water, surrounded by snow, golden grass and pine trees. We took a variety of photos from different angles and the beauty speaks for itself. Sean also managed to lose a lens cap for his ultra wide angle lens!.
Sensing the afternoon was turning into evening, and a 1.7 km walk through snow ahead of us we packed up and headed back towards the trail head and our car. It was a great day in the woods and we will be back here many times to go further down the trails to Cabin3 and even Cabin4.