ALL ABOUT ME!

I have been camping most of my life and have always enjoyed immensely!  When I car camp, I princess glamp, and I like to make things as comfortable as possible. I’ve always had to be really good at it, so I could convince other people to come out and do it with me,as its not something I would’ve ever done alone!  Over the years, I have car camped with many people, most of whom I’ve coerced to join me and a few who deeply love it as much as myself.  I love introducing people to camping with it and watching them learn to love nature and relish being out there as much as I do.  Car Camping  is one of my greatest passions and I enjoy it almost as much as backcountry camping.

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My 70 year old mom who I coerce into coming along on my adventures with me!
My 70 year old mom who I coerce into coming along on my adventures with me!

 

I started backcountry camping in 2002 and fell in love with the solitude and peacefulness of it all. Being in nature with just nature is definitely my kind of thing.  Sometimes your closest human neighbour there, is a long way’s away and that to me, is true serenity! There is a peacefulness that you can’t explain, a feeling you get, the sound of the wind, the water, the feel of the air, the wildlife nearby, it just feels to me, the way life is supposed to be.  When I am there it makes my insides smile and I feel like I am home. 🙂 

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I own a 12′ perception kayak and it is the love of my life!  I paddle as much as I can and have started to take it on backcountry trips with me.  Now I get to use one passion to do another, which makes camping even better!

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Some of my other most favorite hobbies include but are not limited to… (lol)…  biking, canoeing, swimming,  climbing stuff, snorkelling,  building stuff, competing,  playing beach 2’s volleyball,(out with an injury this year),  and anything active!  I love to do things and have a hard time doing nothing, so I just keep moving and following my passions wherever they may lead, which is usually outside in nature and near water! I also have a feel for taking pictures, and I love to write, so now I am here, writing, and once again trying to convince people they should go camping with me! hahaha!  Feels familiar, but really good!

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I have always kept journals and photo albums of my trips, but have not officially had a blog, until now!  I thought it was time to start and you only live once so might as well get right to it!   So, here I am, ready to post my adventures in hopes that it will inspire others, entertain and bring some form of enjoyment or purpose to the people who choose to read them! 

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I hope you enjoy what you’ve  read so far! Please leave me a comment and let me know if so, or ask any questions you might have. I have been to quite a few provincial parks within a 5 hours drive of Niagara so I may have a super site written down somewhere you might want to know about, or have some tricks up my sleeve for some special situations. And in kind, if you have any super sites you want to share with me, I would love to know about them!

Here are a few of my favourite pics that I’ve taken on some of my adventures, hopefully, to entice you further to check out my posts, if not for my incredible writing skills for my pretty pictures! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again very soon!

 

CamperChristina

41 thoughts on “ALL ABOUT ME!

      1. Nice YouTube video. Is there some place I can get the pattern for your hot tent?
        Have you thought about canoeing isle royal?

      2. Thanks. There’s a photo of the pattern in the blog post here on WordPress. It’s just a basic diagram square turned into a triangle. I’m
        Not sure what isle royal is sorry.

  1. Love your blog, Christina! Just catching up on it now and I just love reading about all the provincial parks that I used to visit when I was a kid, especially Algonquin. It’s absolutely stunning up there and I’m hoping to catch the fall colours in the upcoming season. So looking forward to reading your next adventures! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Hil! I appreciate your comment and your following my blog so much! Glad you are enjoying it! My next adventure is a solo trip but my posts are a bit behind right now. too many to put up so lots in the que, waiting. lol. Have a super awesome weekend!

  2. Hi! Love your blog 🙂
    I’m a new mom and I’m looking for hiking/walking trails that are “stroller-friendly”. We live in NOTL/St Catharines area & new to the area…any suggestions?!
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Awesome you are getting out with your babe!! I am pretty sure some of the balls falls trail is stroller friendly but you do have to pay for admission to that park. I would give them a call just to doublecheck as I haven’t been there in a while. Also I would suggest any TransCanada trail sections in the area. I have quite a few posts on them. Some of them are crushed rocketing would work, but the majority of them are pavement and perfect for what you’re looking for. They turn old railway trails into walking trails, so they’re the perfect size and generally level. All of my TransCanada trail posts have a link to the TCT map as well and my posts have pictures. The pics will show you the surface that was in that particular section. Take a look and let me know if you need any more help. You can do a search on my blog for TCT and they all should come up. 😊😊😊 happy ‘strolling’ Jill! Lol

  3. You mind me asking what plugins you use to get people to subcribe to your site, and for your twitter feed?

    do you keep an email list of subscribers?

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    1. Um, I’m not super technical. Just good at marketing, I guess? I sent a message to wordpress help to get my twitter feed on as I couldn’t get it to work on my own. WordPress keeps lists of my subscribers for me so I don’t keep anything separate. I have twitter, instagram, google plus and Facebook pages that all direct people to my site. I also hashtag everything I post with #camperchristina. Seems to help people find me. Other than that, just dedication and a lot of hard work and true passion.

      I saw your page. It’s very professional looking. Are you sure you need tips from me? LOL

  4. Wow, you are an amazing woman! I just started reading your blog and looking at all the amazing pictures. Do you ever take groups out on your treks? I see a business in the making!

    We loved meeting you at the Sleight wedding at Vineland Estates Winery.

    1. Awe!! Thank you so much Darla!!! I do not take groups out on my treks, but do take friends out if they wish to go. We will see what happens. At the moment, I just love to get out and share my adventures with everyone. You never know where that will lead, though, I guess? 🙂 I loved meeting you as well!!! Hope to see you again soon and than you so much for checking out my blog! I truly appreciate it! 🙂

  5. My first visit here! Love your blog. You have more energy than I do, but we like the same stuff-comfortable camping and the great outdoors! Hope you keep letting us know about the incredible experience of life outside!

    1. Haha, yeah, she is actually going to be 72 on thursday. She’s the best! Love her to death! :0 Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for the comment and compliments. Much appreciated! Hope you stay tuned! 🙂 Happy Camping!

  6. I really enjoy your videos and your positive attitude no matter what happens during trips!!!! Just wondering if you have any tips for going solo as I get nervous thanks!

  7. Hi there Camper Christina! Ive really enjoyed watching your videos. One of the recent ones I noticed I think some Brand Boulevard attire!, Good folks there! Just recently got back into canoe/ camping after a long hiatus, so I’m kind of learning a few things again, so thank you for posting what you do!
    BrianJ

    1. Hi Brian. Thanks so much for checking out my posts and videos and for commenting. All of my logoed clothing is done by vista print. 😊 congrats on you return to canoe camping. That’s great news! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Happy camping!

  8. hi christina, i am sure we met at Women on Water last year! I was researching places to paddle in Niagara and came across your site. its great! I’m looking into possibly buying a modular kayak because I can’t lift a regular kayak by myself onto the car. martini gte. Any thoughts?

    1. Hey Joanne. I have a great rack for my truck that helps me get my kayak up on there. There is a post on it here called My New Rack. Might help you. I do it all by myself, no issues and it’s very easy. There are some great light kayaks out there. I think you will be good to go! Unfortunately, I know nothing about the modular kayaks. I’m sorry. Glad you are enjoying the site. I also have a youtube channel but most of the videos are from after I moved up to Muskoka so the Niagara paddling spots aren’t there. Let me know if I can help in any way. Happy 2018!

  9. that rack looks great…alas, i bought a convertible beetle last year so that won’t work. our other vehicle is a sprinter camper van that is long and HIGH…

    still thinking the modular may be the way to go.

    thanks for your input!

  10. Hi Christina! First off I must say I love your adventures! A couple of my cousins and I decided to try Backcountry camping and I’m not sure if we had bit off more than we can chew. We picked Killarney to start as I’ve been there last year with my wife so I traveled the first couple of lakes. We are setting up from George Lake with the destination Osa Lake then from Osa up to Sandy Lake and then the final might back down to Killarney Lake and then home. I was just wondering if you could provide any insight into what the portages might be like. Thanks!

    1. Hi Diane! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for the great compliment. Unfortunately I haven’t done any of those portages as of yet, so I cannot comment. Might be best to post on one of the Facebook pages for Killarney or contact the park directly. Sorry I’m not able to be of more help. For a first trip I would just stay on the same campsite for a few nights or maybe do 2 lakes? It does sound a little overzealous but I’m not able to look at a map right now. Always best to do something easy and work your way up. Just my opinion.

  11. Hello Christina!

    Very nice blog!

    I just finished upgrading my gear so i can go on a winter camping trip… Im just struggling with a little issue…
    None of my friends want to go with me (they say im crazy for wanting to camp in the cold)
    However im really excited about it… But even so i struggle somehow with the idea of going by myself… I dont know some weird feeling about being out there by myself in the middle of nowhere, but i really want to do it!
    Did you struggle going solo the first times you did it?
    Any words of advice that would help overcome the “fear”???
    Thanks a lot in advance!! Cheers and all the best! 🙂

    1. Hi Jesus. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for sending a message. I don’t suggest you do your first winter backcountry trip alone. I camped for many many years before I did solo trips. If you are going to go by yourself go to a campground like Silent Lake, mew lake, McGregor point etc. If you go onto the Ontario parks website you can find a list of campgrounds that are open in the winter. Most campgrounds such as this will have host sites and many people around in case you have any problems. Most are also happy to answer any questions you have and show their set up to you. I would recommend you try Mew Lake In algonquin if that is some where you’re near over family day weekend. Book a hydro site if there are any left and bring a space heater so that you have back up in case things go wrong. It is a great way to learn about winter camping and check out lots of amazing set ups. I do not recommend you go out to the back country solo on your first winter trip. There’s way too much to learn to start there. Camping in the campgrounds will also introduce you to others who might want to go with you. Once you have camped a few times in the campgrounds with others and you feel more comfortable you will know when it’s time to head out by yourself. Please don’t go out into the backcountry alone until you’re ready. It is not something to be taken lightly. Winter backcountry camping is very difficult and to go out and do it solo for the first time is not something I recommend. The first time I winter camped was in a yurt at Mew Lake. I progressed from there bit by bit. I have been back country camping for over 15 years. I have only been doing that solo for the last two or three. It takes time. Send me a message to talk further cscheuermann@hotmail.con. Just a note that I am recovering from a concussion and I’m not allowed to be on the computer until the end of next week. It may take a while for me to reply. Sorry for that. I wanted to quickly reply here so that you didn’t go off on your own. I understand it can be exciting and you want to go so badly but safety should always be first. See about booking a site for family day at Mew if you can in the meantime. That is my best advice to you. Kevin Callan is also doing some winter camping classes. Maybe check those out also. Thehappycamper.com. Cheers.

  12. Keep the post coming. I enjoy your calm demeanor. I am sure you have your moments! I think technology is killing a generation of young people. Alone time is good for the soul. We need people too. Many can’t do what you do so you open up a world to many. What you do is of great value. Don’t get discouraged.

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and encouraging words. I appreciate them very much. Cheers!

  13. Just found you on the 15th and binge watching all your videos. Do you ever make it down to us in the Adirondacks of NY?

    1. That’s awesome! Thank you so much for binge watching all my videos. I have not been down there in quite some time. I have lots of exploring to do here for now, but maybe when I run out? Hope you continue enjoying my stuff. Cheers !

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