The boys went tobogganing last night and had a blast. We can add that to the list of winter activities to partake in at Moose Hills Inn, though it is not for the weak, since the climb back up Spy Hill is long and steep. The dogs enjoyed the tobogganing too, and Robbie, the border collie, got his evening exercise and came home tuckered out. He would run after the toboggan at full speed and then run back to the top of the hill following the rider pulling the sleigh. Then he would do it all over again, for three hours. He came home on his own, with Ofcharka and the other dogs, who felt that three hours was long enough to play. Sofi, the other border collie and the boys stayed a while longer, went down together finally, but the snow was melting due to the chinook that came yesterday, and the toboggan was sticky, so they stopped twice on the run. Today, it is minus 15 and there is quite a wind, making it feel like minus 21. The packed snow on the run should have iced over and there was a half inch of snow overnight to smooth the run out. Perfect!
The house is warm and comfortable in the winter though, being well insulated and heated with radiant floor hot water heat. The wood burning fireplace adds instant gratification, for who does not enjoy sitting beside a crackling fire after coming from outside? I sent my youngest son off this morning, back home to Calgary, after a breakfast of Eggs Bennidict with homemade Hollandaise and naturally cured bacon. We do not see each other often enough and I have now made a pact with myself to drive down to Calgary and visit with him and his wife. They are talking about making me a grandmother, the epitomy of being an elder parent. I cannot wait!
Winter at Moose Hills Inn is not so bad after all!