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 [...]

May 2018

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 [...]

April 2018

KIHD Stick Stove – Test Run – Making Lunch

By | 2018-05-31T09:58:53+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, camp, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe camping, carcamping, enthusiasm, Exploring, fire box, food, Hikers, Hiking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddling, stick stove, stove, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In February, while attending the Outdoor Adventure Show, I met up with Ingo from KIHD Products. They make an amazing stick stove that I have heard nothing but good things about.  I spent some time talking to Ingo at the show and happily picked up one of their stoves to test out.  The stove I got was the KIHD Deluxe. Since receiving my concussion on January 3rd, I have not been able to go camping.  [...]

March 2018

The Outdoor Adventure Show 2018 – Toronto – Day 2 of 2

By | 2018-03-04T18:23:11+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, inspiration, kawartha, kawartha highlands, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, newkayak, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddling, shawn james, tent, tentcamping, tips, toboggan, trade show, training, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was Sunday, February 25, Day Two of the Outdoor Adventure Show for me!  I woke up feeling very tired and already having a slight headache, I wasn’t quite sure if I should just head home, or head back to the show? After getting up and getting ready, putting some peppermint oil on underneath my Lure buff,  a.k.a. today's head bandage, I decided I would be good for a few hours.   I was very excited to [...]

The Outdoor Adventure Show 2018 – Toronto – Day 1 of 2

By | 2018-03-03T20:30:11+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, fire starter, fishing, frontenac, Hiking, kawartha highlands, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, killarney, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, ontarios highlands, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Provincial Park, show, solo trip, speeches, trade show, training, waterways, wild women expeditions, wilderness first aid, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every year about this time I get super excited because I know that it’s almost time for the Outdoor Adventure Show! It is one of my favorite events of the entire year.   My first year attending was in 2016 with my mom, and last year was my second year attending.  It was last year that I said to myself, next year, I will be presenting here. So, this year was extremely special to me [...]

February 2018

My 1st Backcountry Canoe Trip – Algonquin 2002 – Canoe Symposium Presentation Part 2 of 2

By | 2018-02-20T18:00:33+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear Barrel, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, disoriented, enthusiasm, Exploring, hiking trails, inspiration, kw canoe symposium, Mew Lake, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, Up north, water, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 2 of 2 To see Part 1, Click Here: Part one left us lost on the Track and Tower Trail new Mew Lake Campground!  See what happens next!!! After about an hour of walking, in the humid hot sun, we put the canoe down and all our bags and sat at the side of the trail totally exhausted and really really upset. We were yelling at each other and it was definitely not a [...]

My 1st backcountry Canoe Trip Algonquin 2002- Canoe Symposium Presentation Part 1 of 2

By | 2018-02-13T16:01:16+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear Barrel, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, enthusiasm, Exploring, Hiking, inspiration, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoor Adventure Show, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, Presentation, Provincial Park, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I was little, my family rented a cottage up north, and for one whole week every summer, I was in total heaven. It was awesome and I have some very fond memories of my time there, even though sadly, we never canoed or paddled.   We did do a lot of really fun things… like looking for tadpoles and frogs, trying to catch minnows in our sand pails, roasting marshmallows beside a big huge [...]

November 2017

Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

By | 2017-11-14T17:14:16+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, cold, cold camp, day trip, Exploring, fall, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, recipes, tarps, tentcamping, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a great weekend, it was cold, it was wet, it was windy and I vowed momentarily not to camp again until next summer, but it was a total hoot! I had been in correspondence with Mike Burns who had provided me with a huge amount of advice and information regarding my recent solo trip to Killarney.  I had met Mike at the 150 through another friend Derek, from Paddling Adventures Radio, a podcast [...]

The Story of My Canoe – Backcountry Custom Canoes

By | 2017-11-07T17:34:44+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: #150for150, Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe builder, canoe camping, canoe event, canoe lake, canoe maker, canoeing, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, skin on frame|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first saw a canoe made by Backcountry Custom Canoes on Instagram at the start of the year, I thought they were the most beautiful canoes I'd ever seen. I knew nothing about them, just that they were gorgeous looking boats. (Photos provided by Backcountry Custom Canoes Instagram page.) I would see them on instragram every now and then and would love the post and many times comment on how incredibly gorgeous they were, [...]

October 2017

Killarney Solo Canoe Trip – Racing the Wind – Part 2/2

By | 2017-10-24T18:30:27+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, creek, creeks, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is where I left off in Part 1, on a non site on Great Mountain Lake in 39 km wind gusts....... As I sat listening to the wind howling, I looked up and once again noticed the brightly lit up globe in the sky in front of me.  I didn't make the effort to go to the waterfront to take a photo but just snapped one from where I was sitting inside my tent. [...]

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