Treacherous Winter Getaway

Feb 18, 2015 by

Yeesh, it’s been a while since I posted. Truth is, I got totally swallowed up by 3 midterms in one week and then the boyf came to visit for reading week. He’s gone now, and I’m no longer wiped out from trying to become a doctor. I have a little breathing space to catch up on my blogging, reading, studying and general overall being… until next week when the mayhem starts up again.

While my guy was here visiting, we took a little road trip getaway for a night. We ventured to Huron County and feasted our eyes on Ontario’s Lake Huron.

The whole trip was wonderful and charming… until the highways were shut down due to a snowstorm. We were driving on said highways while they were in the midst of being shut down. If you have never driven on a highway in such a state, it’s like driving through a wall of white, hence the appropriately coined term whiteout. It’s terrifying, and on more than one occasion, I thought we were about to die.

I wish I could be more witty and eloquent right now, but my mind has been too absorbed by binocular vision defects and public health equations. There is nothing about this that squeezes out my creative juices. It is what it is.

We were unable to make our reservation at the cozy inn I had booked in Port Albert so we had to make some last minute resos where we were stranded in Goderich. Everything ended up working out in the end, and I think the major snow pommeling the coast took made for a much more dramatic drive the next day.

Here are some of my favourite shots.

 

Bayfield

 

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Goderich

 

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Port Albert (& area)

 

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Point Clark (& area)

 

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Kincardine

 

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With so much charm and quaintness so near, I’m already itching to get back. The winter box is ticked, summer… here I come.

What are your thoughts on winter travel?

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  1. Aside from the whole driving during a whiteout part, that looks so lovely! I love the architecture of those big old homes. But yeah. I’m not really a winter traveler. I’m more of the hibernating variety. So I’d be saving that trip for spring. 🙂

    • Colleen

      The homes were absolutely gorgeous… made me wish I had money and could actually contemplate buying such a place. You would have loved the drive just for all the cute places.

  2. Lovely shots! There are so many charming old homes in Ontario – I’m a big fan!

    For a few years I lived in the Interior of BC and would drive back regularly to Calgary through the Rockies to visit family. This included terrifying winter drives for the holidays or special events. I would drive in sheer terror, usually slowly crawling along after a semitruck rather than forging my own path. At the end of those 8+ hour drives my body would be incredibly sore, since I was so tense and driving white-knuckled the entire time. I do not miss that!

    • Colleen

      I’m a HUGE fan of these homes… I was going bananas. Saj had a better shot out the window sometimes and I kept making him take photos for me.
      I totally relate to being sore after this kind of driving. I’m already sore from studying and school. Throw this treacherous drive on top of it and my body was shot!

  3. Reading Week!!! Ah, I totally forgot all about the hibernational splendors of Reading Week!

    Your photos are the first ones that I’ve seen this winter that I feel actually rival the frigid frozen temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in Minnesota. I admire how chipper and cheery you appear during your time braving the elements, because it is so icy cold here that only walks to the library and taking the dogs out to romp and do what dogs do outdoors can tempt me outside! A blanket of snow does certainly make things wonderfully picturesque and I do love the hush that falls over a place following a thick snowfall, but the sub-zero temperatures I can do without!

    Also, I just realized it looks like you’re wearing a skirt and tights in the last picture! Surely my eyes are playing tricks on me?!?

    • Colleen

      Oh, I have had a lot of hibernation success.
      Despite the weather, the charm of the area was pervasive. Everything is just so cute there!
      And your eyes are not deceiving you… actually I almost exclusively wear skirts/dresses/tights. I hate the way my legs look in pants, and I never have a problem with my legs getting cold; it’s always my upper body!

  4. I’m so glad you got a break and also a wonderful visit with you beau! What a beautiful winter oasis, Colleen! I have driven on those described roads and they can be no fun at all especially in the high mountains passes out here in the Sierras. I would love to share about some beautiful winter getaway here this season but there is nothing but total…drought…nothingNESS! So please send us at least some of your snow. Love your photos always, my friend 🙂

    • Colleen

      I had a really nice visit with my guy!
      The only thing that would have made these driving conditions worse would have been driving in the mountains. I can’t even imagine.
      Sending you some snowy thoughts! 🙂

  5. A typical Canadian holiday, I see! 😆 Damn weather… it can make or break your plans. You have an awesome set here. Worth freezing your fingers for. I love the boats in the blizzard. The colour are so… pure, in most of the shots. Cold crisp air, I can feel it.

    • Colleen

      So typical, haha of course you can relate.
      I’m really pleased with how my photos turned out. A lot of them were snapped out the window from my toasty car. Others, I had to weather the cold, but I think it was worth it.

  6. I love the yellow brick houses! And Bayfield is such a lovely town. Right now Southern Ontario is so covered with snow that it is hard to imagine going anywhere! I know where I live the highway was shut down last week during a major storm. I’m sad reading week is almost over but good luck on any midterms you have coming up!

    • Colleen

      Aren’t the homes just to die for? You sound like you are familiar with the area. You must know the charm then… and the highways were terrifying!!
      Thanks for the well wishes, same to you!

  7. Driving in white out conditions is not fun, glad everythng worked out all right for you. Those towns do look quite charming in the winter though. I drove through Kincardine a couple summers back so it’s neat to see it with all that snow.

    • Colleen

      That’s so cool! I want to visit again when the temperatures are a little warmer! Maybe I will… 🙂

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