August 2018

Little Blackstone Lake – The Massasauga – 081118-081218 – Recovery & Rest

By |2018-08-28T14:45:48+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping food, campsite, canoe, canoeing, Exploring, great blue heron, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, Provincial Park, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every time I look at a calendar, I feel a sense of panic.  It's AUGUST! It's August and one of my two most favorite months of the year to camp, September being the most favorite.  I need to go,  go go and I can't stop.  I have to get out. That is what I hear, constantly in my head.  Not only is it August, but I missed 5 months of camping due to 2 concussions [...]

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 4 Day Cedar Solo – Days 3 & 4, Aura Lee, Varley, Gull

By |2018-09-11T08:58:42+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, canoeing, enthusiasm, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I left off Part 1, Days 1 & 2 heading to bed on my portage campsite on Varley Lake.  I was a bit disappointed that the site was on a portage and a little nervous someone would just come walking through the site and scare me to death but otherwise, it was a nice site...... I headed to bed early as I was exhausted from the day of portaging in the rain and got a [...]

July 2018

Galeairy Lake – Peace, Pests and Paradise

By |2018-07-24T13:26:22+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, bugs, camp, Campers, camping, Canada, Exploring, fishing, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On July 8th, I moved into a new house and finally saw my belongings after having them in storage for over 2 years.  Moving to Muskoka is something I do not, and don't think I ever will, regret, but it has had it's challenges for sure.  All of them worth it, in my opinion,  but that doesn't make them non existent.  It has been a long road. After moving all of my things on Sunday, [...]

Women on Water Paddling Festival – 2018 – Part 2/2

By |2018-07-17T08:52:48+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoeing, certification, cottage, cottaging, education, enthusiasm, glamping, inspiration, instructors, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunset, sup, swimming, tangii, teach, teaching, training, Up north, vendors, wild women expeditions, women, womens event, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had the privilege of being invited to shadow the kayaking courses at the Women on Water Paddling Festival.  It was great fun and I learned so much. When I was asked to come back again this year, to teach basic kayaking, I agreed wholeheartedly and couldn't wait for the event to arrive. I left off in Part 1 with the sun setting on Saturday.  This post begins on Sunday with a whole [...]

Women on Water Paddling Festival – 2018 – Part 1/2

By |2018-07-10T19:01:08+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoeing, certification, cottage, cottaging, education, enthusiasm, glamping, inspiration, instructors, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunset, sup, swimming, tangii, teach, teaching, training, Up north, vendors, wild women expeditions, women, womens event, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had the privilege of being invited to shadow the kayaking courses at the Women on Water Paddling Festival.  It was great fun and I learned so much. When I was asked to come back again this year, to teach basic kayaking, I agreed wholeheartedly and couldn't wait for the event to arrive. It had been a rough year for me so far. I hit my head on January 3rd and received a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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