February 2017

1st Winter Backcountry Trip … With the Revised Tipi!

By | 2017-02-07T17:52:27+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cooking, DIY, Exploring, food, Fun, glamping, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, Privy, teepee, tent, tipi, toboggan, tracks, Trails, Uncategorized, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has taken me over a year to get to this point, but I finally made it and I am proud!  I completed my first winter backcountry trip with the tipi and it was a great adventure!   I learned so many things and experienced a bunch of firsts, some thanks to my new friend Ashley from Young Outdoors. Ashley and I met through social media quite some time ago and after many months of [...]

December 2016

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 [...]

November 2016

Fall turns to Winter at Mew Lake, +10 to -10, AWESOME!

By | 2016-11-29T06:33:16+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, camping, Canada, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, hot tent, leaves, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, Ragged Falls, Ragged Falls Provincial Park, summer tent, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Trails, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been far too long since I camped and I was dying to go!!!  A few events, some sickness, a visit from mom, and some bad weather had kept me from doing what I love most and this weekend was turning out to be the same. I wanted to cry! Originally, the weekend plan was to do a canoe trip on Rain Lake at Access #4 on the west side of Algonquin Park.  But, [...]

Torrance Barrens Trails – Fall Fabulousness !!!

By | 2016-11-01T16:36:09+00:00 November 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

Byng Inlet- Know when to get off the water!

By | 2016-07-05T21:04:57+00:00 July 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 [...]

March 2016

Decew Falls – Historic Hiking in Niagara!

By | 2016-03-28T17:42:31+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, alone, Brock, bruce trail, brucetrail, Canada, day trip, Decew, Decew Falls, Decew House, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, icefalls, Lake Gibson, Morningstar Mill, Nature, Niagara, Niagara Bruce Trail, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, solo trip, St. Catharines, Trails, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways, wind, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Decew Falls is named after John DeCou, who purchased the land in about 1788, buying 100 acres with an axe and an indian blanket. In 1812 he purchased the land along the top of the escarpment from his newly built stone house to Decew Falls.  During the war of 1812, DeCou served in the Lincoln Militia and his home served as headquarters by the British where Laura Secord brought news to in June of 1813, of a potential [...]

February 2016

Sherman Falls

By | 2016-02-16T07:42:16+00:00 February 16th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, alone, bruce trail, brucetrail, Canada, canda, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, creek, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, ice, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Sherman, Sherman Falls, water, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a gorgeous Saturday morning when I embarked on my adventure to visit Sherman Falls.  Out of all the falls in Hamilton, this one was special to me, as it and I boast the same name!  Well, mine is spelled slightly more complicated, but audibly they are one in the same! Located in Ancaster Village, Sherman falls is a 17 metre high curtain waterfall that is a feature along the area's Bruce Trail. According [...]

July 2015

Rockway Conservation Area – July 11, 2015

By | 2015-07-17T11:57:00+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Categories: #Rockway, #trail, Adventure, bruce trail, Conservation areas, Exploring, hike, Hiking, rock way community centre, rock way conservation area, Trails|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rockway Conservation Area is a 126 hectare park featuring the Bruce Trail and the Rockway Falls Side Trail.  It is a beautiful place to go for a hike, boasting many water features, great hiking and wildlife. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, my friend Beth and I decided to go for an early evening hike at Rockway.  I am unsure if there are any other places to park, other than the lot I go to which [...]