My Camping Checklist

I’m about to embark on my first-ever solo canoe trip. I’m going for 5 days and waiting patiently for the ice to melt off the lakes in Algonquin Park. I plan to go the first week of May, so if the ice isn’t out of Algonquin, I’ll have to go to a different location. I’m…

Gear Review: Calpine Chair (Alite Designs)

I have been looking for a new camping chair for some time. I’m done sitting on the ground with a pad. You work your body so hard during a canoe trip, that at the end of the day it’s nice to sit on something comfortable to help rest your muscles and bones.

DIY: Wilderness Emergency Kit

My husband, Banjo and I recently experienced an emergency when we were in the backcountry of Algonquin Park on a canoe trip (Misadventure in Algonquin Park). The emergency resulted in us having to paddle and portage out of the interior. It took us 4.5 hours in, and another 4.5 hours right back out again.

DIY Non-Slip Sleeping Pad

Do you spend most of the night slipping off your sleeping pad or readjusting it? I do, and I’ve had enough. My sleeping bag slips around on the top and my sleeping pad slips around on the tent floor. With a little research I have discovered that I can add sealant to my pad and it should help with…

Food for a Long Weekend Canoe Trip

You know that idiom “live and learn”? Well that’s exactly what I did when I packed enough food for a small army (6 people, actually) for our 2015 Algonquin Thunderbox Tour. The “live and learn” moment happened on the portage between Big Crow and Hogan Lake when I carried 1 of the food barrels and…

DIY Fire Starter

My friend Tackle Box brought homemade fire starters to our Algonquin Thunderbox Tour canoe trip last year, and since then I’ve been meaning to try making them myself. I have to say that it was super easy! I picked up a small bag of dryer lint from a laundromat in town, and set aside an egg…

Kelly Kettle – Scout

I have wanted a Kelly Kettle ever since I started watching Kevin Callan (also known as The Happy Camper) on YouTube. It wasn’t really the kettle that I was interested in, but the Hobo Stove attachment. I really liked the idea of a stick fire for cooking and could picture myself gathering sticks and dry…

Seven Mouths to Feed

The dehydrator has been going non-stop for almost 4 weeks, camping gear is scattered everywhere, Banjo’s been wandering around the house with her life jacket on, meals are piling up in storage bins as they are being put together, the house smells like a tropical cocktail as we dehydrate more fruit leather, and every time…

The Canoe That Got Away

My husband defended his thesis last week and as a surprise for all of his hard work, I took him up to Algonquin to a nature retreat and to buy our first canoe as an early graduation gift from his parents and mine. I knew the Portage Store was having a canoe sale early Saturday morning,…

Christmas Gear

My husband and I had a fantastic Christmas filled with outdoor gear surprises. I think the biggest surprise for the both of us was a Tregurtha Frost River canoe pack for my husband. He desperately needed a new one, and had his eye on this company’s traditional canvas canoe packs for quite a few months….