Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ice & Earth

Ice & Earth by Phototrain Photography
Ice & Earth, a photo by Phototrain Photography on Flickr.

At the Yacht Club Conservation Area dock.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Red Looking Squirrel

Here's a photo of our furry friend who lives in the back yard.
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Red Looking Squirrel

Through the kitchen window. Click on hte image to see it at flickr.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Frontenac Provincial Park, Kingsford Lake.

This is the view from our campsite last week. Click on the image to see the set a tflickr.

Friday, March 25, 2011

At Kingsford Dam

Here's Jacqui at Kingsford Dam. Click on the image to go to flickr and see the set.

Monday, March 21, 2011

It Wouldn't Stop Snowing!

Jacqui & Mike after trying out the new tent. Click on the image for more.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Through The Spring Fog

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Two Doors

Two Doors by Phototrain Photography
Two Doors a photo by Phototrain Photography on Flickr.

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Kum sa hamnida.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Old Mill @ Bedford Mills

Bedford Mills is a very quaint, pretty place. It's just off the beaten track, not too far from Newboro or Westport.

More importantly, Frontenac Provincial Park owns a strip of land, a portage, that allows access from the Rideau system to Devil Lake. This allows a canoe trip to the northern border of Frontenac Provincial Park.

This was the missing link. My gratitude to those who had the foresight to obtain this very, strategic portage.

Jacqui & I started our 2011 camping season, back on the Feb, 5, 2011 at Mew Lake Campground, in Algonquin Park. It was the first time in decades that either of us had camped, albeit in the Santa Fe, winter notwithstanding.

Recently we purchased a tent From Mountain Equipment Co-op in Ottawa. So next week we will hike into Frontenac and do an overnighter in the tent ... sleeping bags, etc. I better get a compass and a map.I'll call the park and get some advice about that.

I need to get in shape, exercise a little more.
Stay tuned, Jacqui will be here soon.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle by Phototrain Photography
Bald Eagle a photo by Phototrain Photography on Flickr.
Ok, ok, ... here it is being offered up again. Anyway, this was taken on February 5,2011.
We were en route to Algonquin Park. Jacqui and I celebrated our year long friendship, by camping at Mew Lake. The weather was excellent. The wind was calm, it was a crisp -23C.

We slept in the Hyundai Santa Fe. I am 6 feet tall, and when the back seat is folded down, there is enough room for us to sleep comfortably.

We put a tarp down, then lay the closed cell foam insulation on the tarp. Then the opened up summer sleeping bag was put down. Then I put down my opened up parka, (it has a hood), then we climbed onto our 'bed'.
Then we covered ourselves with Jacqui's down sleeping bag. We opened two windows just a crack to allow air in, and to let the moisture vent out.
Surprisingly, we both slept soundly. I woke up once to relieve my bladder. When I returned to the car, I started it and let in run for 20 minutes, to get the coolness out of the air and to let the heat dry off the residual moisture.
We were up by 0715 on Feb. 6.

Neither Jacqui or myself had winter camped since our 20's. This experience has whetted our appetite for more winter, and now ... spring camping! When Jacqui get's back from work in 11 days, we're off to Frontenac Provincial Park for another learning experience.

Frontenac is a back country, natural environment park. You cannot drive to your campsite. There is no car camping. You have to hike in or canoe in. The geography and geology is the same Canadian Shield that Algonquin Park enjoys. Frontenac is 98 kms from here by car, but I am speculating that it is about 40 kms by canoe from here. There is one short, uphill portage near Bedford Mills.

So it's getting to be a pretty interesting. We're learning how to live with the possibility of coming face to face with a black bear. They want to be near us as much as we want to be near them. Our bear education is from the knowledgeable staff at the 3 provincial parks we've visited recently, Kevin at the East Gate at Algonquin, Toby at Murphy's Point, and Bert at Frontenac.
The other issue we are learning about is a nasty thing called giardia, or "Beaver Fever". It is contracted from ingesting human or animal feces, usually from water. So we need to have a small burner of some sort, to boil water, and also some type of water purification system.

We checked out stoves at Mountain Equipment Co-Op, while there last week. You can get a good one for about $71.00 to $170.00. We did buy an MEC Camper 2 tent, low profile air matresses and insulating foam, and a couple of small, light stools. The stuff is very compact, quite light.

Less than 100 kms from here are another 3 provincial parks, Silver Lake, Sharbot Lake, and Charleston Lake. Another 2 parks, closer to Ottawa, Rideau River and Fitzroy, north of Ottawa.
All brought about by a sweet anniversary ... what a fun, little project!

Stay tuned, the camping starts when Jacqui gets back!