April 2017

Mizzy Lake Trail – Mushy, Melting & Magical

By | 2017-04-18T20:57:33+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: #frozen, #snow, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, alone, animals, Canada, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, grouse, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, ice, Mizzy, Mizzy Lake, Mizzy Lake Trail, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, Parks, River, rivers, ruffed grouse, rushing water, solo trip, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, was forecast as a beautiful spring day with high temperatures in Algonquin Park of 9 degrees.  I had been cooped up for a few weekends working on my Canoe Symposium presentation and I needed to get outside! So I got up at 7am, got myself ready, jumped in the car, and headed to Algonquin Park! When I arrived at the trailhead... it was snowing.  Not very warm at all, about -1 [...]

March 2017

Copeland Forest- Slippery & Wet

By | 2017-03-28T19:26:01+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: #forest, Canada, copeland forest, creek, creeks, Exploring, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, River, rivers, scenery, scenic, sightseeing, ski trail, skiing, snowshoe trails, solo trip, Uncategorized, walking, walks, water, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This winter I spent a few hours exploring the Scout  Valley Loop Trail .   After I put the post up, one of my blog followers, Ray, sent me a message advising me I should check out Copeland Forest  sometime when I had a free day.  Well, last Sunday, that free day came,  so off I went to explore Copeland Forest. It was a lovely winter/almost spring day. The temperature at Copeland forest when I [...]

Fire and Ice – Skating at Arrowhead by torchlight

By | 2017-03-21T17:10:53+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Canada, cold, Exploring, ice, ice skates, ice skating, Ice trail, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, scenery, scenic, skating, skating trail, skating trails, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

About a month ago, my friends from Niagara came up for Galentines weekend. I took them to Arrowhead for a day of winter fun!  While we were there, I saw a sign with the dates for the remainder of the years Fire and Ice. The last date listed was Thursday, March 9th.... my birthday!  I knew right away that is what I wanted to do for my birthday this year! \ A few [...]

January 2017

Johnston’s Cranberry Ice Trail – OPENED TODAY!!!!

By | 2017-01-14T21:04:20+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Categories: #snow, #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, Canada, Cranberry festival, cranberry marsh, day trip, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, ice skates, ice skating, Ice trail, Marsh Trail, MarshTrail, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Port carling, skating, skating trails, Trails, Uncategorized, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With much anticipation, Johnston's Cranberry Ice Trail opened today!!! (Cranboni photo's courtesy of Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, featuring their Cranboni! being driven by awesome Andrew! )   On December 17th, I paid a visit to Johnston's Cranberry Marsh to hike their snowshoe trails. I had a fabulous time there and really enjoyed my visit, but unfortunately, the ice trail wasn't open yet. I have been keeping a close eye on Facebook, and today the post went [...]

Tipi Test at Mew – Last Trip of 2016

By | 2017-01-10T20:59:56+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Algonquin, algonquin highlands, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, day trip, DIY, Exploring, glamping, gloves, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, homemade, ice, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, renovation, revised, revision, skating, sleep, sleeping, sleeping bag, sleeping matt, sleeping pad, solo trip, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, tipi, tracks, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, walks, winter, winter Wonderland, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I had the great privilege of being invited to Mew Lake for New Years Eve Camping.  It was one of the best New Years Eve's I've ever had! I met some extraordinary people who I've spent time with over the past year and enjoyed camping in the snow more than I thought I would. This year, I was incredibly honored to be invited to my friend Stevie's wedding, happening on New Years Eve [...]

December 2016

Marching the Marsh! – Snowshoeing at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh!

By | 2016-12-29T19:22:03+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Categories: #marsh, #snow, #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, alone, Canada, Cranberry festival, cranberry marsh, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, Ice trail, inspiration, Marsh Trail, MarshTrail, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Parks, Port carling, skating, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I decided to go  snowshoeing at the Cranberry Marsh, I did not expect it to be anything like this! I was online one day in search of places to go snowshoeing and someone asked if I'd been to Johnston's Cranberry Marsh. I actually had, for the Cranberry Festival, but that was it. After a huge week of snow in Muskoka,  some research online, and a few very pleasant Facebook messages between us, I headed [...]

The Sounds of Silence – Exploring Silent Lake

By | 2016-12-20T20:28:08+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: algonquin highlands, alone, animals, beach, bonnies pond, Campers, camping, campsite, convienience, cooking, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, hot tent, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Parks, Provincial Park, silent lake, solo trip, sunrise, texting gloves, Uncategorized, walking, walks, waterfalls, wind, winter, winterglamping, yurt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's hard to believe that only 9 months ago, I had my first visit to Silent Lake!  It was a wonderful experience and I was hoping for more of the same this trip.   I had planned on going for just one night when I discovered yurt #5, the same one I stayed in, in March, was open, but there is a two night minimum for booking yurts, so I took it for two. I [...]

Paddling on Big East Lake – Living Life With No Regrets

By | 2016-12-13T18:56:59+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, gloves, ice, Ice trail, inspiration, kayak, kayak portaging, Kayaking, moosehunting, Muskoka, Ontario, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, tangii, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, Uncategorized, Up north, water, waterways, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is a time of year when one must be really careful going out on the water.  I often receive comments of concern, people calling me brave,  and others blatantly stating I am unsafe, careless and should not be doing what I'm doing.   What if you fall out of your kayak?  You will freeze instantly!!! I have been kayaking for over 15 years of my life.  In that time, I have never, not once, [...]

March 2016

CLIMBING AN ICE WALL – An Epic Adventure!

By | 2016-03-07T20:08:42+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, axe, blog, Canada, Climb, Climbing, cold, crampons, Exploring, frozen waterfalls, Fun, girls, gloves, ice, ice wall, iceclimbing, icefalls, icewall, inspiration, learning, medeba, Ontario, Outdoors, teepee, tipi, Uncategorized, water, waterfalls, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever wanted to climb a wall of ice?  For me the answer is "ABSOLUTELY!" A few months ago I went on a waterfall trip to see some frozen waterfalls in the Hamilton area. Tiffany Falls, a gorgeous sight frozen was my favourite of the three I visited that day.   Upon doing research for the blog post, I discovered that people actually climb it in the winter.  WHAT? For real? How cool is [...]

February 2016

I Survived Mew At Minus 42! – Camping in a Summer Tent- Part 2 My Experience!

By | 2016-02-22T19:19:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Categories: #wintercamping, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, birds, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, Exploring, family day weekend, glamping, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hot tent, inspiration, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, sleeping bag, summer tent, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, tipi, Uncategorized, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Family day weekend boasted record low temperatures in Ontario.  I decided to go camping at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, in a summer tent, and at -42, it was a rough but surprisingly fun weekend.  There were many  circumstances that brought me to the Winter in the Wild Festival in Algonquin Park,  as I was expected at Macgregor Point Provincial Park.  Unfortunately, neither of my camping partners could make the trip, leaving me with two [...]