October 2016

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

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

September 2016

Brent Campground – Relaxing W/E…Well… til I hit a deer

By | 2016-09-14T06:53:02+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, beach, Bear vault, bearproof, brent, brent campground, camp, campchairs, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cedar lake, clean up our parks, creek, creeks, Exploring, glamping, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, kayak, Kayaking, loons, malone, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, solo trip, summer tent, swimming, tangii, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to get up to Brent in Algonquin but it was always way to far for me to go. Now that I live in Muskoka, the drive is the same as what I used to drive to get from Niagara to Hwy. 60 in Algonquin, 3.5 hours, so I figured it was time for a visit.  I had made some plans to go camping with a friend that weekend but she got [...]

Huckleberry Rock Trail – a gem in Muskoka

By | 2016-09-07T06:57:04+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Canada, Exploring, garbage, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, huckleberry rock, Lake Joseph, lake muskoka, lake rousseau, litter, Lookout, Muskoka, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Port carling, sightseeing, solo trip, tourism, tourists, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since moving to Muskoka and making the drive to Bracebridge for groceries and supplies, etc, I have noticed a sign along highway 118 that says Huckleberry Rock Trail, but until today, I had not investigated it.  I was really glad I did because it's a pretty nice place! It was the day of the Tragically Hip concert, their farewell show in Kingston. I had originally had plans to go camping with some friends but things [...]

August 2016

Moon River – kayaking & cleanup

By | 2016-08-31T06:33:17+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: #crownland, Adventure, alone, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, clean up our parks, creek, crownland camping, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Moon, moon river, moon river cottages, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Privy, River, rivers, solo trip, swimming, tangii, tentcamping, Up north, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been camping almost every weekend since I moved up to Muskoka. It's been amazing but on this weekend I'd decided to take a break and head home to see my family.  That left the Sunday open for a day trip though and I had been hearing about this place called Moon River since I'd arrived, so I figured it was time to check it out! I put my boat up on my truck [...]

June 2016

Massasauga solo – Feeling ill in the backcountry

By | 2016-06-28T21:37:47+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, beach, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, brucetrail, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, clean up our parks, Exploring, Food storage, gear, georgian bay, harmony, kayak, Kayaking, Massassauga, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Parks, Provincial Park, sleeping bag, sleeping matt, sleeping pad, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tent, Uncategorized, water, waterways, wind|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I went on my first solo trip in the backcountry. It was at The Massasauga and it was awesome and I have been wanting to go back. I had every intention of spending last weekend at home.  Well my new home in Port Carling, but on Friday around 1pm, I was advised I could go home early.  So at 3pm, I decided to call it a day and packed up my camping gear. [...]

August 2015

Trans Canada Trail in Huntsville – Natural works of art everywhere!!

By | 2015-08-27T12:00:39+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: #trail, hike, Hiking, Huntsville, Trails, trans canada trail, walking|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On Saturday August 22, 2015, my mom and I, en route to the cottage, stopped at the #TCTrail in Huntsville, Ontario, to check it out! It was 8am when we got there and the area was heavy with fog, but it was extremely beautiful! We turned into the parking lot at Avery Beach Park at  the end of Yonge Street, grabbed our backpacks and headed out to do some exploring, donned in our #WoodsExplorer shirts to promote the [...]

July 2015

Rockway Conservation Area – July 11, 2015

By | 2015-07-17T11:57:00+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Categories: #Rockway, #trail, Adventure, bruce trail, Conservation areas, Exploring, hike, Hiking, rock way community centre, rock way conservation area, Trails|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rockway Conservation Area is a 126 hectare park featuring the Bruce Trail and the Rockway Falls Side Trail.  It is a beautiful place to go for a hike, boasting many water features, great hiking and wildlife. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, my friend Beth and I decided to go for an early evening hike at Rockway.  I am unsure if there are any other places to park, other than the lot I go to which [...]

Paddling 15 Mile Creek in St. Catharines, ON -July 12, 2015

By | 2015-07-13T15:11:51+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Categories: #perception, creek, creeks, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Niagara, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, St. Catharines, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up to a beautiful day Sunday, birds chirping, sun out and the promise from the Weather Network of a warm day! I was supposed to go out for a hike with my good friend Andrea, but she advised me she was a bit under the weather and couldn't make it. As I am going on a canoe trip next, then car camping without my kayak following, I decided I needed to get out [...]

#CleanUpOurParks One piece of trash at a time!!!

By | 2015-07-12T14:38:13+00:00 July 12th, 2015|Categories: clean up our parks, garbage, kayak, Kayaking, litter, padding, paddle, paddling, Parks, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After many hikes in the forest, paddles on lakes, rivers, streams, creeks,  and even just walking our city streets, I am realizing what a huge issue trash is becoming!  Yesterday my friend and I hiked Rockway Conservation Area in Pelham, ON and came across so much trash that I couldn't just stand by and do nothing! Our parks are where we play with nature and borrow the space to obtain serenity and peace for ourselves. [...]