November 2016

Fall turns to Winter at Mew Lake, +10 to -10, AWESOME!

By |2016-11-29T06:33:16+00:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, camping, Canada, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, hot tent, leaves, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, Ragged Falls, Ragged Falls Provincial Park, summer tent, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Trails, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been far too long since I camped and I was dying to go!!!  A few events, some sickness, a visit from mom, and some bad weather had kept me from doing what I love most and this weekend was turning out to be the same. I wanted to cry! Originally, the weekend plan was to do a canoe trip on Rain Lake at Access #4 on the west side of Algonquin Park.  But, [...]

Torrance Barrens Trails – Fall Fabulousness !!!

By |2016-11-01T16:36:09+00:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: #bridges, bridge, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, inspiration, leaves, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, pie, pizza, torrance, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since moving to Muskoka, I had been hearing about this place called Torrance Barrens Trails and Dark Sky Reserve. I knew it was a great place to go for night viewing of stars, meteor showers, etc, but had no idea that there were hiking trails there as well. My dear friend Nicole came to visit me in Port Carling. I was so happy she was here with me and we decided to go for a [...]

October 2016

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

By |2016-10-18T18:43:59+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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 [...]

December 2015

Hiking in paradise …. accidentally

By |2015-12-14T11:23:21+00:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, alone, brucetrail, burlington, Canada, Exploring, fallcolours, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, inspiration, leaves, Lookout, Nature, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's a really pleasant surprise when you find paradise, especially when you're not looking for it! That's exactly what happened to me that lovely Saturday afternoon. I was looking for Borer Falls and had driven around the area for a while and couldn't find it.  Suddenly I saw a sign and what looked like a trailhead to my left!!! Yay! About time, I said. I parked, got my backpack, walked across the busy street and [...]

Great day on the TCT in Ridgeway!

By |2015-12-10T07:50:14+00:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, biking, cycling, day trip, Exploring, fallcolours, hike, Hiking, leaves, Nature, Niagarra, Ontario, Outdoors, photography, Trails, trans canada trail, Uncategorized, walkling, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up to a beautiful day, 15 degrees in mid November!  I had had knee surgery just over 3 weeks ago and I was feeling awesome! Last weekend I had ridden the Trans Canada Trail in Fort Erie and today, I was up for a new adventure! I shuffled over to my computer and clicked on the Trans Canada Trail website to find a section of the trail I could ride my bike on, that I hadn't done [...]

Rockway in the fall-Post Knee Surgery Yay!

By |2015-12-07T07:54:39+00:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, Canada, conservationarea, creek, Exploring, fallcolours, falls, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, leaves, Nature, Niagara, Ontario, Outdoors, St. Catharines, Trails, Uncategorized, walkling, walks, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just over four weeks after my knee surgery and I was dying to get out into nature. To be completely accurate, I was dying to go camping, but for now, a hike in the woods would suffice.    The last two weekends I'd Ridden my bike over 10 km's each day and my knee felt really awesome! I was hiking with a friend and a five year old so I figured I should be able to [...]

November 2015

Bruce Trail in Grimsby- A GORGEOUS WORKOUT!

By |2015-11-26T07:00:10+00:00November 26th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, brucetrail, Canada, conservatationarea, creek, Exploring, fallcolours, falls, grimsby, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, leaves, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, stairs, Trails, walkling, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a gorgeous day out and even though I'd hiked 10 hours the day before,  I couldn't resist getting outside to do a few more trails today! I headed to Gibson Street in Grimsby to park my car and start my amazing adventure! This was my last weekend before my knee surgery to hike and I was taking total advantage and spending as much time doing what I loved while I was able to! [...]

Paddling Lake Manitouwabing – Fall Colours Photo Blog

By |2015-11-19T07:54:05+00:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: #getoutside, #outdoors, #paddling, Adventure, alone, Canada, Exploring, fallcolours, kayak, Kayaking, leaves, Nature, Ontario, photography, sunrise, sunset, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving weekend I was in Mckellar, Ontario at Glenwood Resort with my adopted Up North family, the Burnetts.  I brought my kayak up and paddled all 3 mornings I was there, along with a few evenings, and took quite a few fall photos.  I thought it would be fun to share them here with you in a photo blog. Hope you like it! Last year when I was here, I took a picture of [...]

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