August 2018

Little Blackstone Lake – The Massasauga – 081118-081218 – Recovery & Rest

By |2018-08-28T14:45:48+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping food, campsite, canoe, canoeing, Exploring, great blue heron, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, Provincial Park, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every time I look at a calendar, I feel a sense of panic.  It's AUGUST! It's August and one of my two most favorite months of the year to camp, September being the most favorite.  I need to go,  go go and I can't stop.  I have to get out. That is what I hear, constantly in my head.  Not only is it August, but I missed 5 months of camping due to 2 concussions [...]

July 2018

Women on Water Paddling Festival – 2018 – Part 2/2

By |2018-07-17T08:52:48+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoeing, certification, cottage, cottaging, education, enthusiasm, glamping, inspiration, instructors, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunset, sup, swimming, tangii, teach, teaching, training, Up north, vendors, wild women expeditions, women, womens event, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had the privilege of being invited to shadow the kayaking courses at the Women on Water Paddling Festival.  It was great fun and I learned so much. When I was asked to come back again this year, to teach basic kayaking, I agreed wholeheartedly and couldn't wait for the event to arrive. I left off in Part 1 with the sun setting on Saturday.  This post begins on Sunday with a whole [...]

Women on Water Paddling Festival – 2018 – Part 1/2

By |2018-07-10T19:01:08+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoeing, certification, cottage, cottaging, education, enthusiasm, glamping, inspiration, instructors, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunset, sup, swimming, tangii, teach, teaching, training, Up north, vendors, wild women expeditions, women, womens event, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had the privilege of being invited to shadow the kayaking courses at the Women on Water Paddling Festival.  It was great fun and I learned so much. When I was asked to come back again this year, to teach basic kayaking, I agreed wholeheartedly and couldn't wait for the event to arrive. It had been a rough year for me so far. I hit my head on January 3rd and received a [...]

August 2017

Daddy Daughter Fishing Day Fun in Parry Sound!

By |2017-08-01T17:45:20+00:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Canada, day trip, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, fish, fishing, inspiration, learning, mill lake, motor boat, Nature, Ontario, scenery, scenic, speed boat, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had not been fishing with my dad since I was about 5 or so when I lost my plastic fishing rod to Greenbough Lake.  It was a traumatic experience for me and I was heartbroken. I loved that little plastic fishing rod and the cute colored fish that came with it.  With no other options, I went back into the bow of the boat with my coloring book and wrote off fishing for many [...]

April 2017

Rugged Trail – Parry Sound – Rugged but Gorgeous

By |2017-04-04T19:51:21+00:00April 4th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, Canada, creek, creeks, frozen waterfalls, georgian bay, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, ice, icefalls, inspiration, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, parry sound, rivers, solo trip, tourism, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At this time of year, I have been heading out on day trips on the weekends so that I can spend more time at home at the computer.  Yes, it sucks a bit, and YES I am dying to go camping... but sometimes you have to take what you can get.  With an upcoming presentation at the KW Canoe Symposium that I am thrilled about, gear reviews due for the brand I ambassador for, Ultimate [...]

July 2016

Phillip Edward Island backcountry kayak trip!-Level 2 with OSKC

By |2016-07-12T21:46:56+00:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: animals, backcountry, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fish & chips, Fun, georgian bay, harmony inn, inspiration, instructors, kayak, Kayaking, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, learning, mapping, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Ontario Trails, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunrise, sunset, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last month when I took my level 1 Sea Kayaking Course, I had no intention of taking my level 2.  If you read my Level 1 post, you would've seen that I had an amazing time at that course!  The instructors were full of knowledge and tonnes of fun and I learned so much!  I gained confidence in my skills, refreshed some of them and learned quite a few more. And, I met some extraordinary [...]

Byng Inlet- Know when to get off the water!

By |2016-07-05T21:04:57+00:00July 5th, 2016|Categories: #badweather, #blacksky, #byng, #bynginlet, #choppy, #clouds, #cloudy, #foamblocks, #parrysound, #waves, #whitesquall, alone, Canada, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Uncategorized, Up north, waterways, wind|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up Sunday with no plans at all. Such an odd thing for me!   I have been striving to find some small rivers and creeks to paddle in since moving to Port Carling.  It's been a hard search as most of the lakes in my area are very big and full of motor boats and cottages.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I like to paddle on calm small waters, still [...]

November 2015

Paddling Lake Manitouwabing – Fall Colours Photo Blog

By |2015-11-19T07:54:05+00:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: #getoutside, #outdoors, #paddling, Adventure, alone, Canada, Exploring, fallcolours, kayak, Kayaking, leaves, Nature, Ontario, photography, sunrise, sunset, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving weekend I was in Mckellar, Ontario at Glenwood Resort with my adopted Up North family, the Burnetts.  I brought my kayak up and paddled all 3 mornings I was there, along with a few evenings, and took quite a few fall photos.  I thought it would be fun to share them here with you in a photo blog. Hope you like it! Last year when I was here, I took a picture of [...]

Balsam Trail – Gorgeous Fall Colours in Parry Sound!

By |2015-11-05T07:37:41+00:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: #adventure, #hikes, #hiking, Adventure, Exploring, fallcolours, Hiking, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, walkling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have never officially hiked in Parry Sound until this Thanksgiving.  My good friend Katies family visits a cottage in McKellar, Ontario, every thanksgiving and last year invited me along.  Since I behaved myself so well, they invited me back again this year and I was super excited to be there! This year I had been adventuring all summer and was pretty much away every weekend, or already had plans to do something while at [...]