This weekend we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. The weather was unseasonably warm and beautiful, so we decided to make it a Campsgiving and booked a spot at Birdshill Park for their last open weekend of the year. A bunch of family came for the afternoon, we ate together in the fresh air, kicked back by the campfire and made the most of what is sure to be the last of the warm weather in Manitoba.
The dinner was done potluck style with guests bringing dishes hot and ready to serve. We set up camp the day before, so I prepared an easy crock pot chicken stew to share and pre-made a casserole to cook the next day. Pre-made meals are such time savers while camping. We had enough time to put the food in to warm while we took a hike along the Nimowin trail. I wanted to see how the beaver dam was doing and get some fall colours in before all foliage is gone. We didn't spot any beavers, but there was a crazy amount of ladybugs out. They were even biting! I didn't even know ladybugs could bite. Todd looked it up and apparently when there is an unusual warm spell in the fall the aphid and ladybug population can have a resurgence. When the aphids are gone, the ladybugs become hungry enough to start nipping at almost anything. So watch for killer ladybugs, you've been warned!
You never know what you'll find in the woods. A sweat lodge? A skeleton in a tree? Just as expected though, the views from the hill above the dam were stunning. This has to be the prettiest spot in the park, and only a 20 minute hike in so it's great for taking the kids along.
Back at camp the guest started to arrive and after a couple drinks, we got to it. Is it me, or does food always taste best enjoyed outdoors?
It was a memorable Campsgiving weekend! Hope you have (or had) a wonderful Thanksgiving, however you choose to celebrate it!