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

Making Maple Candy – Eventually

By |2018-05-31T09:50:52+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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 [...]

March 2018

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

By |2018-03-04T18:23:11+00:00March 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 [...]

January 2018

Hot Tent Reno’s -Stabilization of the Painters Pole

By |2018-01-30T17:01:44+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, Canada, DIY, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, homemade, hot tent, Muskoka, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, renovation, renovations, revision, Uncategorized, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After my last backcountry trip, I had a major issue that I needed to deal with before my next trip.  The issue was being caused by  my painters pole.  It was quite a nifty thing and I really liked the idea of it, but in reality, my friend Tierney was right.  It was unstable and you didn't know if it would just suddenly collapse.  She was bang on on that. On my trip backcountry camping [...]

New Years at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park – 2017/2018

By |2018-01-16T18:30:55+00:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, cooking, enthusiasm, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, teepee, tent, tentcamping, tipi, Up north, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

While saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming the new year, it was only proper that I mark the occasion by camping. I spent the last day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 in a chilly winter wonderland in Algonquin Park, with some of the awesome people I've met through a shared passion, a love and respect of the outdoors, that brings us all together. I arrived at Mew Lake early Saturday morning. It [...]

Killarney Solo Winter Backcountry Trip – Ice Ice Baby -44

By |2018-01-06T07:01:03+00:00January 6th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, crack, creek, creeks, Exploring, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Nature, Ontario, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, pulk, pull in, scenery, scenic, sledding, snowshoe trails, snowshoeing, Solitaire, solo trip, tent, tentcamping, walking, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to do a winter backcountry trip in Killarney, but due to the tipi being so heavy and not having a clue where to go, I hadn't made it there as of yet. Over the summer, I had stopped in to visit the lovely staff at the office at George Lake.  I was doing a 5 day, 4 night solo trip and I had a few questions.  I got all the answers [...]

December 2017

Hot Tent Trial Run – Mew Lake – Dec 9 & 10, 2017

By |2017-12-26T17:30:51+00:00December 26th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, inspiration, learning, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, Provincial Park, solo trip, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I completed my new backcountry hot tent just in time for the weekend.  It was a tough and stressful week, but I made it and I was super excited! I had created a new hot tent recently to use in the backcountry as my DIY Tipi was just too heavy.  Before I took it out into the backcountry though, I wanted to test it out somewhere safe, so as with past trials, I decided to [...]

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