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Where Is This? » Where In Algonquin? #165 » Today 6:09 am

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Looks a little like Whiskey Jack when coming from Robinson.  Too many logs and too easy to cross though...

Ethics » Campsite Theft » Yesterday 1:17 pm

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There have been a few threads over time on this matter and a couple of incidents of theft but it is generally the small, expensive stuff that is lifted (like a nice fishing rod but not a tent).  Personally, we tidy up the camp and most of the portable, valuable stuff is in our possession when day-tripping with very little concern for the majority of the gear left.

The problem with packing everything up is when you get back, someone else might be camping there!  Usually, the further into the interior you go, the safer your things will be.  I still wouldn't leave a nice little GPS laying on bench around the fire...common sense on that sort of thing.

When it comes to portages, similar common sense - if you leave something valuable and portable, maybe stash it in the brush instead of right next to the water in the open.

Catch-all Discussions » Fond Algonquin memories .... » Yesterday 10:23 am

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EGB, maybe your recollection of the facts is a bit tainted.  An argument can be made for the Lemieux pick, but the others?  Not a chance.  The year they qualified to draft Lemieux they won 16 games; the year before that they only won 18 games.  They never even won a division title from 1967 until 1990.  The 70's and 80's were tough decades to be Penguins fans.  

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/389617-why-the-pittsburgh-penguins-won-by-losing-the-2004-nhl-draft-lottery

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins-questions/2009/12/17/Did-the-Pens-tank-the-83-84-season-to-get-Lemieux/stories/200912170417

Fishing » PIKE IN OPEONGO??? » Yesterday 10:11 am

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Fish species can also be spread by eggs that adhere to the feet/legs of wading birds such as Herons and are accidentally deposited in a new water body.  Not sure of Pike nesting habits and whether they nest in shallows where herons feed...but this is a "natural" way of an invasive species being introduced to new areas.

Where Is This? » Where in A.P.P. #159 » 6/21/2017 10:59 am

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Portage landing on Lake la Muir from Red Pine Bay?

Skills » Driving with a canoe on long trips » 6/20/2017 8:23 am

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John,
I've used a pair of 2" X 2" lumber (could use 2" X 4" as well) to lay across the lengthwise racks and act as cross bars.  In fact, it was to transport two canoes so I needed extra width to get both on top, side by side.

Make sure you lash or tie them to the lengthwise rack securely so they cannot slide forward or backward any substantial amount.  Then make sure you secure the canoe to the car as well.

Personally, I use the foam pads and multiple tie-downs and find they work great on every vehicle I've ever had to attach a canoe to.  If need be, you get the foam pads with a groove in one direction on the top and a groove in the other direction on the bottom and you can slide a 2" X 2" through those and it behaves like a rack.  Good straps and ropes in the appropriate locations work just fine with the foam blocks - I've driven thousands of miles with this setup for many years.

Fishing » Water Temperatures » 6/19/2017 6:12 am

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It's safe to assume they are heading downward in the lake to stay in the cooler water but I would expect they are feeding in 10-20' deep water presently and lingering a bit deeper.

Campsite Cooking » How do you cook your fish in the backcountry? » 6/19/2017 6:10 am

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Hi Sebastien,

I don't use cast iron in the interior...too heavy to portage.  But I would just hang it with the food bag at night - although I would take care to make sure the clean side is against the bag or I would put it in a small garbage bag just to keep the black soot off of the other gear.

Trip Planning » Aggressive Weather Forecast Checking » 6/13/2017 8:31 am

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I still do it but it never stops me from going...just helps me to be in the right frame of mind.  "Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and deal with what you get" is my mantra.

We have about a 9 hour drive so cancelling and re-scheduling is not an option.  Folks that are 3 or 4 hours away will often cancel or delay a trip because it's easy to do so but that's not an option for us.  I have generally come to expect that the weather forecast is good for up to about 72 hours or 3 days, after that, it's a crap shoot.  I've actually printed the two-week forecast and then re-printed it four or five days later and they don't look very similar so take it with a grain of salt.

As far as wind causing waves and whitecaps, the term for the distance that wind blows over open area is called the "fetch".  Longer fetch over open water leads to larger waves.  Usually a wind of 10 km/hr even over a long fetch will gradually build waves and maybe even the occasional whitecap but you typically need sustained winds of 15 or 20 km/hr or higher over a long fetch to get "good" whitecaps and rollers.

The advice above of "pay attention" is the very best you can do...build a sense of wind speeds just like you do with driving a car, walking or biking; it takes time and effort to consciously be aware of the pace/speed of these activities.  The process of building that knowledge can be broken down as such:

unconsciously incompetent - you aren't aware of what you don't know 
consciously incompetent - you are aware that you don't know (the stage you are in now)
consciously competent - you have to think about being aware or knowing or doing something
unconsciously competent - you are so good at something that it appears to come naturally and you don't even have to think about it any more.

Catch-all Discussions » Fond Algonquin memories .... » 6/12/2017 7:59 am

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I'm smiling like a butcher's dog today!

Fishing » What's Your Personal Best? » 6/06/2017 8:38 pm

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D_smith - great catches!  Those are fabulous specimens!

Antman, like your biology buddy, I would tell you I agree with you too if it would get you to shut your pie-hole. 

The funny thing is that I support ultra-conservative laws for harvesting fish, but I would never criticize those who are following the existing laws - it's indefensible ground. Glass houses, kid.

Fishing » Newb questions » 6/06/2017 6:31 am

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Actually, some of the best eating (in my opinion) are the easiest to catch - panfish and perch.  A worm on a hook with a bobber near a downed tree or ledge by the shoreline will often get you one.  You'll need to catch a half-dozen or so to make a meal but their meat is white and flaky with a very mild flavor...similar to flounder but just much smaller.  I wouldn't keep any smaller than four or five inches - not much meat on those dainty little ones.

Wildlife » What is this purdy Algonquin plant ? » 6/06/2017 6:26 am

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The Pale Corydalis reminds me of bleeding hearts.  But that's definitely it!

My wife has a wonderful story that you can tell by removing a bleeding heart blossom and carefully separating it into its individual pieces.  You end up with two rabbits, a gift of pink slippers, earrings and then they enjoy a bottle of champagne together.  Other versions have a bit of a darker ending...
https://fork-lore.com/2014/05/23/bleeding-hearts-in-springtime/

Wildlife » What is this purdy Algonquin plant ? » 6/05/2017 2:38 pm

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Looks a little bit like Columbine, but not quite.

Catch-all Discussions » OCD » 6/01/2017 6:54 am

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Dr. Gonq prescribes ten sleeps per month in a tent.  At least five of those should be in the park.

Where Is This? » Where is This? (#149) » 5/31/2017 6:49 am

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Nipissing River at the terminus of the 1930m portage to/from Remona Lake.

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map » 5/24/2017 7:24 pm

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Boom.  Thanks, JD

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