May 2018

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 [...]

Making Maple Syrup For Dummies, Like Me – Part 1

By |2018-05-31T09:57:51+00:00April 17th, 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, Outdoors, recipes, teach, teaching, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always been curious about how maple syrup is made.  Every year around this time, my boss says, you should make maple syrup and blog about it, but I have always been too busy out on trips and hikes and exploring to give it a go. I guess I should therefore thank my concussion for this years test run.  I have been unfortunately spending a lot of time at home and as the trees [...]

November 2017

Go Home Lake – Time to say goodbye to another paddling season

By |2017-11-22T10:55:19+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: #lake, Adventure, alone, animals, birding, birds, Canada, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, go home lake, kayak, kayak portaging, Kayaking, lakes, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sightseeing, Uncategorized, water, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up on a Sunday to a beautiful day with a great forecast and for the first time in a long time, I had nothing to do! I thought about what to do and settled on a nice relaxing paddle in my kayak. The weekend before this one, I was at  Ontario Sea Kayak Center to take my Instructor Course and I needed a stress free fun paddle today. I thought about all the [...]

January 2017

Limberlost – Snowshoeing in an Enchanted Forest with Lovely Ladies

By |2017-01-17T16:44:23+00:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: #snow, #snowing, #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, algonquin highlands, bridge, cold, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, frozen waterfalls, Fun, girls, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, Huntsville, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, shoe, Solitaire, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter, winter Wonderland, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have heard of Limberlost but only vaguely and had never been there.  A new friend from Port Carling asked me if I'd like to go snowshoeing there and I was totally up for it!   I had just camped for a few days at Mew Lake in the Tipi and headed straight to Limberlost Forest and Nature Reserve from Algonquin Park. The roads were a bit crazy and snow covered but we were going [...]

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

By |2017-01-14T21:04:20+00:00January 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 [...]

December 2016

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

By |2016-12-29T19:22:03+00:00December 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 [...]

November 2016

Torrance Barrens Trails – Fall Fabulousness !!!

By |2016-11-01T16:36:09+00:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: #bridges, bridge, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, inspiration, leaves, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, pie, pizza, torrance, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since moving to Muskoka, I had been hearing about this place called Torrance Barrens Trails and Dark Sky Reserve. I knew it was a great place to go for night viewing of stars, meteor showers, etc, but had no idea that there were hiking trails there as well. My dear friend Nicole came to visit me in Port Carling. I was so happy she was here with me and we decided to go for a [...]

July 2016

My New Rack!!! – Easy Peasy! My 100th POST!!!

By |2016-07-27T23:01:09+00:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: alone, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, day trip, Exploring, glamping, kayak, kayak carrier, kayak rack, Kayaking, learning, malone, Muskoka, Nature, new beginning, newkayak, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Port carling, rack, rack system, tangii, Uncategorized, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For the last few years since purchasing my kayak I have been playing the foam blocks game.  I put them on the car, then I put my boat on them, then I strap the boat down, reverse, repeat, reverse, repeat.  Except for three times now where I've forgotten to take the foam blocks off and they have ended up somewhere else, possibly with someone else. I have no clue why 2 foam blocks cost $40, [...]

Hardy Lake – The 8km loop

By |2016-07-19T06:48:47+00:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: Canada, day trip, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, inspiration, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, swimming, Uncategorized, Up north, walkling, walks, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up to a gorgeous day Saturday and headed out to Mactier to do an address change on my drivers License.  When I got back to my place in Port Carling, I asked my roomates what they had planned for the day?  I had decided to do the bigger loop at Hardy Lake as I'd done the smaller one when I'd first arrived and loved it there.  Both Molly and Debra were in, so we [...]

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