August 2017

The French – 4 day solo kayak trip – Bye Bye Go Pro Hello Fish! 2 of 2

By |2017-08-14T10:45:09+00:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: #adventure, #badweather, #blacksky, #camping, Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, compass, creek, creeks, enthusiasm, Exploring, fish, fishing, food, French River, georgian bay, inspiration, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, mapping, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, solo trip, storm, sunset, swimming, tangii, waterfalls, waterways, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In my last post, part 1 of 2, Worst Site, Best Site, I had just said goodnight on a beautiful campsite on Georgian Bay.  The weather had been gloomy the last 2 days and I was hoping to rise early to some sunshine.  Let's see if my wish came true? It was Sunday morning, day 3 of my 4 day, 3 night solo kayak trip on the French River and I woke to a very [...]

May 2017

Torrance Barrens Hike – Spring Sensory Overload

By |2017-05-16T19:28:05+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: #marsh, #rain, #spring, Adventure, alone, bog, bugs, Canada, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, Muskoka, Nature, navigating, navigation, new beginning, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, pond, puddles, River, rivers, sagan, senses, sensory overload, swamp, torrance, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, water filter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever been to Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve in Torrance? I headed there on Saturday to check out the trails and go for a short hike. I had been there in the fall with some friends, and another time in the summer,  and really enjoyed the area. I stopped to take a photo of rose petals strewn out over some rocks near a campsite.  I hoped it was a good experience someone [...]

March 2017

Copeland Forest- Slippery & Wet

By |2017-03-28T19:26:01+00:00March 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 [...]

Hardwood Hills Ski Bike – Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing

By |2017-03-14T20:50:15+00:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, Canada, chalet, cold, creek, creeks, Cross country skiing, day trip, Exploring, girls, hardwood hills, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, outdoors jen, scenery, scenic, ski resort, ski trail, skiing, snowshoe trails, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, walks, winter, winter Wonderland, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had driven to Arrowhead for a day to do some adventuring with my friend Cathy. It was a great day and while I was there I got to snowshoe, skate and cross country ski. I had never cross country skied and was grateful that Cathy was there with me as she'd done it before. We only skied for a few hours, if that, but I thought it was a fun winter activity [...]

February 2017

Arrowhead Birches Celebrate Galentines

By |2017-02-21T16:16:25+00:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Adventure, arrowhead, Canada, Cross country skiing, day trip, Exploring, Fun, girls, Hiking, hiking trails, Huntsville, ice, ice skates, ice skating, Ice trail, inspiration, learning, Lookout, Niagara, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, sightseeing, skating, skating trail, skating trails, ski trail, skiing, sledding, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ever since my visit to Arrowhead last year  I have been dying to go back again.  When I was in Niagara for Christmas, I had a visit with my friend Andrea, who had been trying to come see me in Muskoka since I'd moved,  but hadn't made it yet.  We devised a plan and this Saturday, was the day we were going to visit Arrowhead with one of our other awesome friends Kim. As Valentines day [...]

1st Cold Camping Trip! – Solo Backcountry on St. Nora Lake

By |2017-02-14T15:16:15+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, cold, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, gloves, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, icefalls, inspiration, learning, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, portage, portaging, pull in, sledding, solo trip, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, toboggan, Uncategorized, walking, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 It was Thanksgiving weekend, 2001 and I did a backcountry trip backpacking in to Bucholtz Lake on the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Park. I had a -5 sleeping bag and I remember I was laying there wearing all the clothes I had brought in,  including my jacket, in my sleeping bag and I was frozen solid.  All I wanted to do was be warm but there was no way I was walking  out [...]

January 2017

My post this week is at My Self Reliance! WOOHOO!!!!!

By |2017-01-31T19:07:13+00:00January 31st, 2017|Categories: #interview, DIY, homemade, hot tent, my self reliance, Ontario, outdoor products, photography, Presentation, renovation, revised, revision, shawn james, tipi, Uncategorized, video, winter, winter camping tips, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope your day is going great ! This week my blog post is being featured on My Self Reliance, by Shawn James!!! WOOOHOO!!!!! Shawn contacted me to ask if he could do an interview on me as part of a series he is doing on Winter Camping, and of course, I happily agreed! I set up the tipi for him to see how it all goes together and Shawn made an amazing [...]

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 [...]