May 2017

Bentshoe Lake – 1st kayak camping trip of 2017

By | 2017-05-02T16:07:22+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: #drysuit, #kokatat, Bear vault, bearproof, camp, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, Exploring, gear, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, loons, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, owl, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, scenery, scenic, tangii, tent, tentcamping, water, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had plans to head over and visit my kayaking coach for some training in preparation of my Level  1 Sea Kayak Instructor Course, but as sometimes plans do, they were moved to another day during the week.  This put me at 8am on a Saturday morning, kayak on car all ready to go, and no plans for the weekend. Guess I could start my kayak camping season after all?  You didn't have to twist [...]

February 2017

1st Winter Backcountry Trip … With the Revised Tipi!

By | 2017-02-07T17:52:27+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cooking, DIY, Exploring, food, Fun, glamping, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, Privy, teepee, tent, tipi, toboggan, tracks, Trails, Uncategorized, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has taken me over a year to get to this point, but I finally made it and I am proud!  I completed my first winter backcountry trip with the tipi and it was a great adventure!   I learned so many things and experienced a bunch of firsts, some thanks to my new friend Ashley from Young Outdoors. Ashley and I met through social media quite some time ago and after many months of [...]

October 2016

Turkey Day at McCrae! -Cooking in my new Dutch Oven!

By | 2016-10-18T18:43:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, camp, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, cooking, creek, creeks, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, food, Food storage, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, homemade, learning, leaves, Lookout, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sunrise, sunset, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Trails, Uncategorized, water, waterfalls, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since meeting my friend Jason last year, he has been going on about this place called McCrae Lake.  I had never been there and according to him, it was a gorgeous place to spend a weekend camping, fishing and enjoying nature.  The Thanksgiving long weekend was approaching and as I hadn't had any plans yet, I decided it would be a good weekend to check the place out.  It was also the perfect weekend to [...]

Camping in Killarney on Kakakise in a Konigshaus Kanoe

By | 2016-10-12T16:31:00+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: #canoe, #trip, #tripping, Algonquin, backcountry, backcountry camping, Barrel, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, Carlyle, Climb, Climbing, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, Kakakise, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, konigshaus, konigshauskanoe, leaves, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Parks, portage, portaging, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had been wanting to adventure in Killarney all summer but every time I had a free weekend, the park was booked up.  When I checked a few weeks ago, I finally saw a few openings.  They were all with portages but after carrying my lil kayak over 3km's in Algonquin each way a few weeks ago I figured a kilometer was totally doable and something I wouldn't have an issue with. Since booking my site on [...]

Grundy Backcountry solo trip – Do not put hot rocks in tent!

By | 2016-10-04T18:49:54+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: Bear vault, bearproof, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Chairs, day trip, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, grundy, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, inspiration, kayak, kayak portaging, Kayaking, leaves, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, pots, Provincial Park, River, rivers, solo trip, Uncategorized, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My very first blog post was after Canada Day weekend 2015 where I spent an amazing 4 days at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. I loved the park and had vowed to return and check out the backcountry soon!  It had taken a while but this weekend I was on my way and I couldn't wait! Grundy Lake PP is only about an hour and a half drive from my new home in Port Carling.  I [...]

September 2016

Portaging a kayak to Scorch Lake – Algonquin PART 2 & Re-Hydrating eggs

By | 2016-09-27T17:09:21+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, homemade, kayak, kayak portaging, kayak rack, Kayaking, loons, malone, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Parks, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, River, scorch, scorch lake, sleep, sleeping bag, sleeping matt, sleeping pad, sunrise, swimming, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, walking, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CONTINUATION POST FROM Portaging a kayak-3x2 at Scorch Lake - Algonquin Park PART 1, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THAT POST! It had been a very long day yesterday,  starting at 5am for me and earlier for Joyce. We had spent yesterday taking 9.5 hours to portage and paddle to get to our site on Scorch Lake, one that was clearly the worst site on the lake, even the privy was [...]

Portaging a kayak-3×2 to Scorch Lake – Algonquin Park PART 1

By | 2016-09-21T18:04:04+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cooking, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, kayak, kayak carrier, kayak portaging, kayak rack, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, scorch, scorch lake, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When my friend and fellow blogger  Joyce asked me if I wanted to do a trip to Scorch Lake with her, I said yeah! When she told me there were 3 portages totaling over 3 km's, I said ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!  I mean, I paddle a kayak, not a canoe, and I have portaged my small kayak,  but never that far. I suggested we rent a canoe, then I thought about it for the night.  Then [...]

Brent Campground – Relaxing W/E…Well… til I hit a deer

By | 2016-09-14T06:53:02+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, beach, Bear vault, bearproof, brent, brent campground, camp, campchairs, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cedar lake, clean up our parks, creek, creeks, Exploring, glamping, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, kayak, Kayaking, loons, malone, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, solo trip, summer tent, swimming, tangii, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to get up to Brent in Algonquin but it was always way to far for me to go. Now that I live in Muskoka, the drive is the same as what I used to drive to get from Niagara to Hwy. 60 in Algonquin, 3.5 hours, so I figured it was time for a visit.  I had made some plans to go camping with a friend that weekend but she got [...]

August 2016

Navigating to Snake Island – Paddling Beyond Handrailing!

By | 2016-08-09T19:45:08+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, bearproof, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, Chairs, compass, Exploring, kayak, kayak rack, Kayaking, learning, malone, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, rack system, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before taking the Level 2 Sea Kayaking course with Ontario Sea Kayak Centre , I would've never attempted to camp out in the middle of Georgian Bay, on crown land, without being with someone who was experienced in doing so.  During my entire history of backcountry camping, I have used a method called handrailing and never knew how to use a compass.  I basically brought the map for the area I was in, and used landmarks, [...]

June 2016

Massasauga solo – Feeling ill in the backcountry

By | 2016-06-28T21:37:47+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, beach, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, brucetrail, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, clean up our parks, Exploring, Food storage, gear, georgian bay, harmony, kayak, Kayaking, Massassauga, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Parks, Provincial Park, sleeping bag, sleeping matt, sleeping pad, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tent, Uncategorized, water, waterways, wind|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I went on my first solo trip in the backcountry. It was at The Massasauga and it was awesome and I have been wanting to go back. I had every intention of spending last weekend at home.  Well my new home in Port Carling, but on Friday around 1pm, I was advised I could go home early.  So at 3pm, I decided to call it a day and packed up my camping gear. [...]

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