It was about an hour's drive out & I was surprised so many people would be out here to go XC skiing, but it was very peaceful & beautiful. As I was on the easy snowshoes, I was hauling Finn in the Chariot - which was pretty easy, it just meant that I couldn't go cavorting around in all the deep snow (about the only fun thing to do on snowshoes, as far as I can see) as I would've buried the Chariot.
After about forty-five minutes we reached Watridge Lake.
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To burn a little extra energy, I headed over the lake making fresh tracks to our lunch spot on the opposite shore (is it still a shore if you can't tell the difference between the snow-covered lake & the snow-covered ground?).
Lunch over & done with it was back off to the car - the snowfall picked up briefly, but mostly it was very light, sunny & warm all day. The return trip had a surprising amount of gradual downhill that we didn't remember from the outward leg or (especially) July. Megan gets the photo credits & I assume she took this one to voice her disgust at the lack of distance indications on the signs in this park - someone else had obviously felt the same way.
On the drive home we came across these two moose - the closest I've been to any yet on my visit. They seemed a bit confused as to how to escape a slowly approaching car & started to run faster & faster along the road before finally diving off in to the trees. That reminded me a little of giraffes in Nakuru National Park (Kenya) - but the giraffes were a lot bigger & able to outrun our little Vitara.
Back in town we were able to satisfy our craving for chocolate chais & finally get a game of Cities & Knights (Settlers). By the time I walked home it was absolutely puking snow in town & I was ruing the fact I couldn't/shouldn't go skiing today. But it eased off & it seems they got hardly any fresh snow up at the hill, so a nice Sunday at home doing odds & sods doesn't seems so bad now.