Happy Monday everyone. Knowing that you’re all probably having the back to work blues on a Monday morning, I thought I’d brighten your day with another update. Well, not so much an update but more to talk about my plans for this place. Having spent the last three days working, my mind has begun to wander and dream of what the future holds. As you may be aware, I plan on developing a campground here, but on top of that, I want to take people on guided tours. Hiking, canoeing, wildlife watching, and ATV tours in the summer months, and then snowmobile tours, cross country skiing, snowshoeing etc, in the winter. I want to offer a variety of different tour options including multi day trips. I have travelled the majority of Canada, from East to West, North to South. Visited the tourist hot spots, and the vast wilderness that probably has never seen another human footprint. As much as I love the hikes around the popular destinations, I love walking off into an area where I know I won’t keep bumping into people. I’m excited, very excited, because all around me here are untouched and unexplored trails that will keep me occupied for days, weeks, months and even years. The Rocky Mountains without the vast number of tourists. I’ve heard there are caves, and waterfalls to explore, as well as caribou habitat that is only allowed access to on foot, huge areas of alpine and all the delights that the Canadian wilderness has to offer. I can’t wait to map out some guided hikes and take you on adventures with me. More than ever I am wanting to speed up the development of the campground, so I can begin this new and exciting venture. The question I ask myself is, how do I do this? With limited funds I am finally conceding to the fact I will have to get outside investment. Realistically, I don’t need a huge amount of money to get the campground up and running. I would need machinery rental for around a week to clear the remaining area for the camping pitches and to put in a decent path network to access it. Once I have done that I can expand as and when the campground pays for future developments. This may seem like a small expenditure, but with all the mishaps we faced when we first arrived here, means that the bank account has run dry.
Having spoken to many locals, I’m convinced this will take off once we have it open and operating. So, I’ve set myself a challenge. I am giving myself 3 months to either raise the funds through investment or manage to earn the money required to get this off the ground. If this sounds like something you would be interested in getting involved with, then please get in touch. If I can’t afford the machinery to clear the area, a team of volunteers would be the next step. Perhaps I can tempt you with free camping, food and good company in return for your labour. I cook a mean barbeque, and am known for my burger flipping abilities. If that’s not enough to get you out here I don’t know what is. To get in touch visit the website www.ourcabinlife.com and fill out the contact form, or message us via Facebook. By hook or by crook I will be open this year, so watch this space.
As already stated I spent the weekend working. I am at Purden Ski Hill for the winter and I look forward to meeting new people. We had an excellent weekend due to getting some fresh snow, and there were lots of smiles on peoples faces as they flew down the slopes. It’s too soon for me to write a post about Purden as I am still learning about the place. What I will say is, that having been up the mountain on Sunday morning, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to ski. Looking down you can see Purden lake, thousands of acres of forest, then the Rocky Mountains beyond that. What an incredible view. I will take my camera up there next week hopefully and get some pictures for you all. Talking of cameras. I retrieved the wildlife camera this morning, but sadly there were no wolves on there yet. I will set it back up again this afternoon, after scoping out a new location.
On a slightly different note, I had a huge increase in messages over the last few days. It’s good to know we have your support and I look forward to hearing more from you all over the coming weeks. If you have any ideas for me on how to achieve my goals, then I’d love to hear from you too. All ideas will be welcome.
One of the questions I was asked was, what the cabin was like, and what amenities we had etc? I thought you may all like to know the answer to this, so here goes.
The cabin has 2 floors. The main floor which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and large living area, which is finished but could do with a spot of decorating. We also have a basement which is currently unfinished, but once I pull my finger out and do the work, we will have a further 2 or 3 bedrooms, another bathroom, laundry room, cold storage and a second large living area. Quite a big cabin really. As far as services, we have hydro (electric) and we are the last house on the grid. We suffer a lot of power cuts, so a backup generator is a must in these parts, which of course we do not have, but in time I’m sure we will. Plus, I like the idea of solar energy so maybe we will convert to that if we can. If you are an avid reader of the blog, you will know our water comes from the bastard well that has caused me many hours of headaches over the months. I do believe we have it figured out now though, so fingers crossed it stays that way. We don’t have TV here but that is out of choice. We could if we wanted to, but we seem to find everything online that we want to view, and it saves us another bill. Our internet is through a mobile hub which works off cell (mobile) service and is surprisingly fast. We can both watch films streamed online at the same time with no hiccups. Really it is no different from living in a town, except for the remoteness, very few people and being surrounded by bears of course. I will add pictures, but Kaitlyn needs to clean the house before I can show you what it looks like on the inside. (I have a feeling that comment will earn me a clip round the ear later.)
Anyway, that’s about it really for this quick Monday update. I will of course write a full account at the end of the week, and I hope to fill these pages with more stories of adventure, as I plan some winter excursions. As always, I hope you have a great week, stay safe and I will speak to you all soon.