November 2018

First Canoe Cold Camp – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

By |2018-11-20T16:01:34+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoeing, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo, solo trip, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year at this time, I didn't have the loaner canoe any longer from Backcountry Custom Canoes so I wasn't able to do a canoe trip in the snow.  I did head out in the kayak, right up until December 1st weekend,  but only had ice on the water to deal with, no snow, so this would be a first for me. I had planned to do a few more canoe trips this season before [...]

October 2018

Hardy Lake – Virtual Fall Colors Hike in Muskoka

By |2018-10-30T16:57:09+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, edibles, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, foraging, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, leaves, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, nature trails, Ontario, Outdoors, virtual, virtual hike|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hardy Lake is a beautiful place to go for a hike and I am grateful that it is one of the parks that is very close to where I live. On Wednesday, October 10th, after I finished work, I headed over to the trails to get some videos and pictures of the fall colours before it was too late. The weekend before I had spent canoeing in Temagami and although the area is extremely beautiful, [...]

The Massasauga – Port Rawson Bay – Kayak Camping

By |2018-10-16T17:39:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, Exploring, fishing, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After completing my 4 day solo in Algonquin just two weeks before and spending Labor Day with my friend Sue in Haliburton for her 40th birthday,  I knew I should take the weekend off to rest and get some things done at home, but I didn't want to.  You see, I am addicted to camping and being outside and exploring new places and I just can't seem to stop, even when I know I should [...]

August 2018

Algonquin 4 Day Cedar Solo – Days 1 & 2, Aura Lee, Varley, Gull

By |2018-09-04T16:53:36+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Even though I was  still sore and tired from my last 5 day solo to Algonquin, I wanted to do another one.  I went on a one nighter in between to The Massasauga, which is a 30 minute drive from home,  but it was a rest trip and a different kind of trip. One less than 1km portage and I stayed on the same site for the day/night and headed out the next day.  The [...]

Algonquin 4 Day Cedar Solo – Days 3 & 4, Aura Lee, Varley, Gull

By |2018-09-11T08:58:42+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, canoeing, enthusiasm, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I left off Part 1, Days 1 & 2 heading to bed on my portage campsite on Varley Lake.  I was a bit disappointed that the site was on a portage and a little nervous someone would just come walking through the site and scare me to death but otherwise, it was a nice site...... I headed to bed early as I was exhausted from the day of portaging in the rain and got a [...]

Algonquin – 5 day solo 2018 – Days 3,4 & 5 – Biggar, Three Mile, Manitou

By |2018-08-21T21:55:51+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: #adventure, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping food, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, grouse, loons, moose, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, River, scenery, scenic, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is part two of my Algonquin 5 Day Solo Trip 2018. To see Part 1, covering days 1 and 2, please click here. In part 2 I am on my site on Bigger Lake, waking up to the 3rd day of my trip on Saturday, August 4th, 2018.   I woke up at 545am on Saturday morning. It was August 4th and after raining on and off during the night, the sky, for the [...]

Algonquin – 5 day solo 2018 – Days 1 & 2 – North Tea & Biggar Lakes

By |2018-08-14T17:45:06+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Although I knew my body wasn't in the best shape for a 5 day portage trip, I booked it anyways.  I would just have to get in shape as I went along.  I had researched quite a few routes in Algonquin for this trip, but opted for one in a completely new area (to me) consisting of 13 portages, just over 7500 metres and paddling on some bigger lakes (for me). As a practice for [...]

Upper Crane Lake – 1st Single Blade Solo Trip – By Accident

By |2018-08-07T19:58:59+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Things have been busy at the house and I still have a list of things I want to get done as soon as possible.  However, I do have a big 5 day solo trip planned for the August long weekend and I have yet to do one portage this year.  The 5 day trip has 13 in total and one of them is almost 3 km's long!  I'm a bit scared to say the least. [...]

July 2018

Tim Lake – 18 Hours of Awesome!

By |2018-07-31T17:39:13+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping food, Canada, dehydrated food, Exploring, inspiration, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I find it absolutely amazing how much adventure I can pack into a short trip, this one, being only 18 hours from put in to take out.  As some of you may know, I recently purchased a house in Muskoka, after over 2 years of looking, and have been doing renovations on it for a few weeks now. There is a lot left to do, but summer is also here, I've missed 5 months of [...]

March 2018

Hardy Lake Hike – Signs of Spring

By |2018-03-20T18:42:29+00:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, Canada, creek, creeks, enthusiasm, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, inspiration, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, solo trip, Up north, walking, walks, water, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up to a gorgeous winter day and decided I would take advantage. I was so tired of sitting at home and waiting for my concussion to be over with, so off I went! I packed my backpack, some water, a few snacks and headed over to Hardy Lake Provincial Park which is about a 20 minute drive from where I live. Hardy Lake is a lovely provincial park with a few different trail [...]

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