Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Cabin Fever

 Snoodles, over at Lily Pad Quilting, is hosting a linky party for us to describe our treatment plans for Cabin Fever. The best way I have found for treatment, beside liberal doses of fabrics, preferably in bright springtime colours, is to plan and dream about this coming summer's camping trips. I browse through photos taken in past years, Like these following. These two were taken at Bon Echo Provincial Park. The one on the right is a picture of Mazinaw Rock, taken from the opposite side of Mazinaw Lake, And the one below is taken up close from in a canoe. I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and one of my favourite places to go. Maybe we can spend some time here this summer.

Then again there's Grundy Lake Provincial Park.
This is one of the campsites there, right on the lake. I can easily imagine many hours spent sitting on this campsite, enjoying the quiet, and the sounds of the birds singing, and the wind in the trees. All it would need would be some needle work, or some knitting to go with it, or maybe a good book. Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a campfire going, in that pit right by the lake and listen to the loons calling and watch the stars as they come out to greet the night? There isn't a large city anywhere near this park, so the star gazing here is fabulous.

  Pinery Provincial Park is always a great place to go because it's only an hour from home. It has gorgeous beaches and dunes and tons of hiking trails, with lots of fun things to see. Best yet, the hiking trails are all through fairly dense forest, so the are cool places to go on hot summer days. Although, right now, in the middle of winter, I can't say that I am anxious for a cool place to be.
 Canisbay Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park   is beautiful. Lots of the campgrounds in Algonquin are right off the highway, and there is a lot of road noise. But this one is several miles in from the road. It's a true get away from it all park, since there are no satellite signals available here. No internet, and no cell phone. But lots of peaceful lakes to get into for swims, or canoe trips. No motor boats allowed. There are even more hiking trails here than in the Pinery, although some of them are very long, and very challenging and a bit too much for this old lady's bones.
And then there's Awenda Provincial Park. We spent a lot of time there last summer. It's about an hour away from where our grandson Avery lives. It gives us lots of time to go and visit him, or they come out to the campsite and visit us.
Looking at all these pictures always leaves me feeling that there is hope for the spring and summer to get here, eventually.

But, lots of times I want to see what else is out there. I'm starting to sound like an official tourist site for the parks system here, but really, I'm not. But the web site for our Provincial parks has a really neat feature for some of the parks. If I want to check out someplace we haven't been yet, I can go to the site for that particular park, and find maps of the campgrounds. And even better, most of them have pictures of the campsites. Oh the hours I can spend going from campground to campground, imagining setting up on different sites, and it's still the dead of winter, but in my imagination, I'm on one of those campsites and, in my imagination at least, it's summer.
I'm going to go on over to Lily Pad Quilting and see what other treatment plans are available for this Cabin Fever illness.


  1. I think that is wonderful that you have so many campgrounds close to you - a get away without going too far is my kind of travel.

  2. Wow Cathy-great pictures from our wonderful provincial parks-We've already reserved sites for April, May and July.

  3. Oh my goodness... these photos make me long for summer camping! I just can't wait!

  4. That looks like heaven. I too am trying to plan a vacation but am not having much luck so far.

  5. What a wonderful way to cure cabin fever....those look like beautiful and peaceful places to visit!
    Thanks for partying with us!


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