December 2018

Hot & Cold Camping in Killarney w James, Dympna & Molly

By |2018-12-04T21:22:22+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cold camp, cold camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, Hiking, hot tent, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Outdoors, pulk, pull in, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the years, I have done quite a few trips to Killarney, but I have not once stayed in the George Lake Campground. This weekend that would change. I headed out around 7am on Saturday, November 17th with my hot tent in my vehicle.  I expected to arrive at the campground around 9:15-9:30 and would be meeting my kayak instructors Jame and Dympna from Ontario Sea Kayak Centre there. I was pretty excited as I [...]

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 [...]

Hot Tent Stand – How to Erect a Hot Tent Without Staking it Into the Ground

By |2018-11-13T17:06:58+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, DIY, education, homemade, hot tent, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, tent, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I built my second hot tent.  This one specifically to take into the backcountry. The first, the tipi was made to do so as well but after a trip with my friend Ashley from Young Outdoors, I realized that was never going to happen, well, not solo at least. The tipi and stove weighed in at just over 100lbs without any gear!  Split between 2 people it was okay, but solo, was something [...]

May 2018

Humphrey Nature Trails – A Beautiful Place to Hike

By |2018-05-31T09:49:46+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, Canada, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, humphrey, ice, Nature, nature trails, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, seguin, Trails, Up north, walking, walks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The other day, while visiting with my friend Sam for dinner, she told me about some trails nearby.  The trails are called the Humphrey Nature Trails and they were literally around the corner from where we had dinner at Whatta Pizza.  I was very glad she showed me where the actual trail head was, because it was hidden behind the fire station.  I decided I would come back and explore the trails on the following [...]

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 [...]

Hunters Bay Trail – Hiking with Eileen – 032418

By |2018-04-03T06:00:29+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, enthusiasm, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, Huntsville, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, winter, women, womens event|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In June, 2017, I was invited to participate in the Women on Water event.  It was a wonderful event and during my time there, I met a lovely lady named Eileen. Eileen was there by herself and I went over to introduce myself and talk to her a bit about her pink hair. She had put it in for the weekend to show she was a wild woman and I thought it was very cool, [...]

March 2018

Algonquin Logging Museum – A Cool Place to Visit In Winter

By |2018-05-31T10:19:57+00:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, day trip, Exploring, family day weekend, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, sightseeing, walking, walks, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever been to he Algonquin Logging Museum Trail? Up until last February, I had never been there and was quite surprised there was a trail in the Park, that I didn't know about. Of course, had to rectify that quickly. The trail starts off around the side of the actual logging museum, which isn't open in the winter, unlike the trail. Some of the trees are marked with that types they are, which [...]

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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