December 2018

Hot & Cold Camping in Killarney w James, Dympna & Molly

By |2018-12-04T21:22:22+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cold camp, cold camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, Hiking, hot tent, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Outdoors, pulk, pull in, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the years, I have done quite a few trips to Killarney, but I have not once stayed in the George Lake Campground. This weekend that would change. I headed out around 7am on Saturday, November 17th with my hot tent in my vehicle.  I expected to arrive at the campground around 9:15-9:30 and would be meeting my kayak instructors Jame and Dympna from Ontario Sea Kayak Centre there. I was pretty excited as I [...]

November 2018

First Canoe Cold Camp – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

By |2018-11-20T16:01:34+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoeing, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo, solo trip, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year at this time, I didn't have the loaner canoe any longer from Backcountry Custom Canoes so I wasn't able to do a canoe trip in the snow.  I did head out in the kayak, right up until December 1st weekend,  but only had ice on the water to deal with, no snow, so this would be a first for me. I had planned to do a few more canoe trips this season before [...]

Hot Tent Stand – How to Erect a Hot Tent Without Staking it Into the Ground

By |2018-11-13T17:06:58+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, DIY, education, homemade, hot tent, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, tent, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I built my second hot tent.  This one specifically to take into the backcountry. The first, the tipi was made to do so as well but after a trip with my friend Ashley from Young Outdoors, I realized that was never going to happen, well, not solo at least. The tipi and stove weighed in at just over 100lbs without any gear!  Split between 2 people it was okay, but solo, was something [...]

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

Hardy Lake – Virtual Fall Colors Hike in Muskoka

By |2018-10-30T16:57:09+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, edibles, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, foraging, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, leaves, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, nature trails, Ontario, Outdoors, virtual, virtual hike|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hardy Lake is a beautiful place to go for a hike and I am grateful that it is one of the parks that is very close to where I live. On Wednesday, October 10th, after I finished work, I headed over to the trails to get some videos and pictures of the fall colours before it was too late. The weekend before I had spent canoeing in Temagami and although the area is extremely beautiful, [...]

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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The Massasauga – Port Rawson Bay – Kayak Camping

By |2018-10-16T17:39:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, Exploring, fishing, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After completing my 4 day solo in Algonquin just two weeks before and spending Labor Day with my friend Sue in Haliburton for her 40th birthday,  I knew I should take the weekend off to rest and get some things done at home, but I didn't want to.  You see, I am addicted to camping and being outside and exploring new places and I just can't seem to stop, even when I know I should [...]

Temagami – Alone on a 4 Day Canoe Trip – Part 2- Spirt Rock & Plenty of Portaging

By |2018-10-09T21:00:59+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, camping, Canada, canoe, canoeing, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many many years now, I have wanted to visit Temagami.  With help from some friends, including the Friends of Temagami, I finally was able to make that wish a reality. To see Part 1, click here. This post begins with me on my campsite on Bob Lake in Temagami.  With a late start to the trip Thursday, due to a highway closure, I had a very long day Friday and ended up not making [...]

Temagami – Alone on a 4 Day Canoe Trip – Part 1- Sandy Inlet to Bob Lake

By |2018-10-02T10:15:05+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, camping, Canada, canoe, canoeing, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many many years now, I have wanted to visit Temagami.  With help from some friends, including the Friends of Temagami, I finally was able to make that wish a reality. The original plan was to start at Sandy Inlet.  I would leave work a few hours early so I would arrive at the put in around 5:30pm. This would give me about 2 hours to paddle as far in as I could get and [...]

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 [...]

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