January 2019

Adding a Vent to the Hot Tent & Revising the Corner Loops

By |2022-03-31T10:16:31-04:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, DIY, hot tent, Ontario, Outdoors, renovation, renovations, revised, vent, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In November of last year I built my very own backcountry winter hot tent.  I had previously built a hot tent tipi, but as I learned on a backcountry trip with my friend Ashley, the tipi would be far too difficult to take into the backcountry solo.  As that was my intention at that time, I needed a tent that was lighter, smaller and feasible to take where I wanted to take it.  So, I [...]

December 2018

Winter Backcountry Camping with Shirley – Testing out my new BCC Sled!

By |2018-12-20T13:14:05-05:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, crownland camping, Exploring, Hiking, hot tent, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, pulk, pull in, sledding, tent, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I met Shirley a few years ago in the go home like parking lot. I was there to do an interview with Shawn James from my self-reliance and she was on her way out of a trip.  We chatted on social media throughout the years and have met a few times winter camping at Mew Lake. A few months ago we decided we should do a winter camping trip, so we planned one for this [...]

Mew Lake Winter Camping with The Outdoor Kind – 113018-120218

By |2018-12-11T18:34:21-05:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hot tent, Mew Lake, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, snowshoe trails, snowshoeing, waterfalls, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been chatting with an awesome guy online since November 2017, John Van Barriger from The Outdoor Kind.  We connected through social media due to mutual friends and similar interests and I have always thought what John does is really cool! After chatting for a year, I finally got to meet John at the Ontario Winter Camping Symposium.  He drove all the way from Wisconsin to attend the show and meet a bunch of [...]

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

By |2018-12-04T21:22:22-05:00December 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 |2018-11-20T16:01:34-05:00November 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 [...]

Kawartha Lakes – Blown Away – with Leanne & Kim

By |2018-11-06T16:35:43-05:00November 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 |2018-10-30T16:57:09-04:00October 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 |2020-04-22T15:18:08-04:00October 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 |2018-10-16T17:39:52-04:00October 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 |2018-10-09T21:00:59-04:00October 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 [...]

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