June 2018

Dehydrating Fun – Prepping for Tripping

By | 2018-06-19T17:14:20+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, Chop, dehydrated food, DIY, edibles, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, food, Food storage, Hiking, homemade, inspiration, kayak camping, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For my very first backcountry trip, ever, in 2002, I dehydrated all of my own food.  Even back then it was popular and even more so as it was a lot harder to buy food already packaged and prepared in those foil bags like there is now. I mean, it existed but it was a lot more processed and not quite a delicious and good as the stuff they make is now. In 2002, I [...]

Bentshoe Lake – 2/2 – 1st Kayak Camp of 2018

By | 2018-06-12T17:38:10+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camping, camping tips, Canada, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I left off in Part 1 on my beautiful site on Bentshoe Lake in the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.  It was Saturday May 19th, and my friend Sean from Padding Adventures Radio was on his way to visit and spend the day in the rain with me, doing some kayaking, fishing and catching up. I collected some firewood after breakfast and waited for my friend Sean from Paddling Adventures Radio to arrive.  Sean had just [...]

Bentshoe Lake – 1/2 – 1st Kayak Camp of 2018

By | 2018-06-06T10:20:56+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camping, camping tips, Canada, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The May long weekend was on the way and I had no plans. I decided it was finally time to get out and do a trip. My concussion was still lingering slightly but I had improved greatly and figured a quiet, easy, relaxing trip shouldn’t be too difficult.  I booked a site in the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails on Bentshoe Lake. I had actually done my first kayak camp of last year there and knew [...]

May 2018

Packing for my French River Kayaking Trip

By | 2018-06-01T06:42:19+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I went on a few trips that were a couple days longer than weekend trips.  As I camp so often, I try and make 3 and 4 day weekends with my vacation time, instead of taking an entire week or two off at once. That way I can enjoy being outdoors much more, in my opinion.  One of these trips was a 4 day, 3 night trip [...]

Packing for my 5 Day Algonquin Canoe Trip

By | 2018-05-31T09:33:55+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, Campers, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, dehydrated food, education, enthusiasm, kiosk, learning, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since starting my blog and youtube channel, I have gotten a lot of requests from people to see what I pack for my trips, so today I am posting what I packed for my 5 day Algonquin trip last summer.  This canoe trip, was not only the longest trip I'd done solo, but also the first time I was portaging a canoe daily to get to each site.  I had only portaged a canoe myself [...]

Wye River – Attack of the Killer Swans!

By | 2018-05-31T09:40:33+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, animals, birding, birds, bridge, Canada, day trip, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, River, tangii|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been a very long time since I paddled and I had been anxious to get out, but the ice wasn't cooperating or getting off the lakes.  It seemed like forever and finally, the first Wednesday in May,  the ice went out in Muskoka.  I was so happy and my mind began doing that thing it does, planning an adventure and figuring out the where, when, how, etc. Last year I visited Wye Marsh [...]

Humphrey Nature Trails – A Beautiful Place to Hike

By | 2018-05-31T09:49:46+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, Canada, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, humphrey, ice, Nature, nature trails, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, seguin, Trails, Up north, walking, walks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The other day, while visiting with my friend Sam for dinner, she told me about some trails nearby.  The trails are called the Humphrey Nature Trails and they were literally around the corner from where we had dinner at Whatta Pizza.  I was very glad she showed me where the actual trail head was, because it was hidden behind the fire station.  I decided I would come back and explore the trails on the following [...]

Making Maple Candy – Eventually

By | 2018-05-31T09:50:52+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, cooking, DIY, edibles, education, Exploring, homemade, ice, inspiration, learning, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, recipes, teach, teaching, Uncategorized, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I finally finished making my maple syrup I was incredibly proud. I was also really happy, that it was over.  It was a very very long process as far as the boiling went and I know that was due to my inadequate heat source but it didn't make it any less long. I was about to close the book/blog/video on the whole maple syrup series, until a friend, Terry Thomas commented on my facebook [...]

April 2018

Making Maple Syrup for Dummies – From Sap to Syrup – Part 2

By | 2018-05-31T09:56:02+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Categories: Canada, DIY, edibles, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, food, homemade, inspiration, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, teach, teaching, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This post is Part 2 of Making Maple Syrup, to see Part 1, click here.   After 13 days of collecting sap, I was ready to try and turn it into maple syrup.  Please see Part 1 for the collecting maple sap blog post. I had a few buckets that were still frozen solid or had a big chunk of ice in them, so I got out the big pot, filtered the sap that was in [...]

Making Maple Syrup For Dummies, Like Me – Part 1

By | 2018-05-31T09:57:51+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, cooking, DIY, edibles, education, Exploring, homemade, ice, inspiration, learning, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, recipes, teach, teaching, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always been curious about how maple syrup is made.  Every year around this time, my boss says, you should make maple syrup and blog about it, but I have always been too busy out on trips and hikes and exploring to give it a go. I guess I should therefore thank my concussion for this years test run.  I have been unfortunately spending a lot of time at home and as the trees [...]

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