November 2018

Kawartha Lakes – Blown Away – with Leanne & Kim

By |2018-11-06T16:35:43+00:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, girls, kawartha, kawartha highlands, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 2015, during a winter car camping trip, I met Kim Lavelle. We hit it off and became friends and vowed we would camp one day together.  We saw each other several times car camping at Mew Lake and at the Outdoor Adventure Show, but plans never worked out to go on a trip together. Leanne Hennessy, also known as the creator of Live Love Get Outside, is an amazing lady. Last year she hiked [...]

October 2018

Temagami – Red Squirrel Loop – Access Denied

By |2018-10-23T14:20:34+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, solo, solo trip, temagami|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ever since my trip to Temagami in September, I had been wanting to go back.  I had a 5 day trip planned for Thanksgiving to Killarney as I wanted to do a loop from Grace into Nellie into Murray.  I psyched myself up over a weekend and on Monday when I went to book it, someone had booked Nellie leaving no sites,  so new plan was required.  Since I had just had such an amazing [...]

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September 2018

Black Lake Canoe Trip For Sue’s Birthday – SO MUCH FUN! 2/2

By |2018-09-25T17:36:03+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, fishing, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I camped with Sue in December of 2017 in the new winter backcountry hot tent I'd made, we had an amazing time.  We decided we would do another trip soon, but schedules conflicted and events arose and even though we hung out at the Outdoor Adventure Show and kept in close contact, visiting each other etc, the earliest trip we could plan together was labor day weekend.  We discussed it and put it on [...]

Black Lake Canoe Trip For Sue’s Birthday – SO MUCH FUN! 1/2

By |2018-09-18T17:35:53+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, fishing, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I camped with Sue in December of 2017 in the new winter backcountry hot tent I'd made, we had an amazing time.  We decided we would do another trip soon, but schedules conflicted and events arose and even though we hung out at the Outdoor Adventure Show and kept in close contact, visiting each other etc, the earliest trip we could plan together was labor day weekend.  We discussed it and put it on [...]

August 2018

Algonquin 4 Day Cedar Solo – Days 1 & 2, Aura Lee, Varley, Gull

By |2018-09-04T16:53:36+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Even though I was  still sore and tired from my last 5 day solo to Algonquin, I wanted to do another one.  I went on a one nighter in between to The Massasauga, which is a 30 minute drive from home,  but it was a rest trip and a different kind of trip. One less than 1km portage and I stayed on the same site for the day/night and headed out the next day.  The [...]

Algonquin – 5 day solo 2018 – Days 3,4 & 5 – Biggar, Three Mile, Manitou

By |2018-08-21T21:55:51+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: #adventure, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping food, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, grouse, loons, moose, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, River, scenery, scenic, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is part two of my Algonquin 5 Day Solo Trip 2018. To see Part 1, covering days 1 and 2, please click here. In part 2 I am on my site on Bigger Lake, waking up to the 3rd day of my trip on Saturday, August 4th, 2018.   I woke up at 545am on Saturday morning. It was August 4th and after raining on and off during the night, the sky, for the [...]

Algonquin – 5 day solo 2018 – Days 1 & 2 – North Tea & Biggar Lakes

By |2018-08-14T17:45:06+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Although I knew my body wasn't in the best shape for a 5 day portage trip, I booked it anyways.  I would just have to get in shape as I went along.  I had researched quite a few routes in Algonquin for this trip, but opted for one in a completely new area (to me) consisting of 13 portages, just over 7500 metres and paddling on some bigger lakes (for me). As a practice for [...]

Upper Crane Lake – 1st Single Blade Solo Trip – By Accident

By |2018-08-07T19:58:59+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Things have been busy at the house and I still have a list of things I want to get done as soon as possible.  However, I do have a big 5 day solo trip planned for the August long weekend and I have yet to do one portage this year.  The 5 day trip has 13 in total and one of them is almost 3 km's long!  I'm a bit scared to say the least. [...]

June 2018

Dehydrating Fun – Prepping for Tripping

By |2018-06-19T17:14:20+00:00June 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+00:00May 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 [...]

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