Wednesday, July 12, 2006

yikes! A month since my last post?

Holy crap!

Sorry about that. I was having issues.....wrist issues, computer issues and mental issues....I was exhausted basically.

This past weekend we went camping with some friends at Emily Provincial Park. It was the annual Bolerama - a gathering of campers with those cool boler trailers. Our friends have a Boler and we're looking for one but they are super hard to find. When you do find one for sale they are sold within minutes.

The weather was great. The kids had a blast and haven't stopped asking when we're going camping again. If it was up to me I'd be camping every day of the summer but I know that's not realistic. In my head I'm a rustic, wilderness chick who can handle lugging gear across swampy portages. In my head I can face down bears, cook gourmet meals on a firepit and handle the lack of a toilet.

In reality, I'm terrified of bears. If I saw one I'd pee my pants and the bear would probably think that killing me would be the most humane thing it could do. I also know that peeing in the woods isn't my greatest skill, and though I can cook on a fire, it's mostly hotdogs on a long stick. I have piles of books on camping, canoe routes and wilderness cooking - and I have them pretty much memorized. One day I'll get out there and prove my ruggedness, but for now I'll stick with campgrounds where the most wildlife you see is a skunk or raccoon and where the tents are closer together than houses in the city. It's sad, I know.

If anyone is looking for books on wilderness canoe trips in Ontario, I'd highly recommend Kevin Callan's Paddler's guide series. I have them all and pull them out every spring and dream. I took a photography workshop with Kevin (mostly because I have his books and wanted to meet him) and he's a great guy. All the canoe route descriptions are detailed and full of humorous stories of his own times traveling on them.

Here's a list of his books
Cottage country Canoe Routes
Up the Creek - Paddler's guide to Ontario
Further of the Creek - Paddler's guide to the Rivers of Ontario and Quebec
Brook Trout and Blackflies - Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park
The Happy Camper - Essential Guide to Life Outdoors
Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes
Gone Canoeing - Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario
A Paddler's Guide to Killarney and French River

There's another one coming out in August as well...

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