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Equipment » Prepackaged Tuna & Chicken » 7/30/2020 3:19 pm

yellowcanoe
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My wife was able to source Clover Leaf brand tuna pouches for a week long trip we are starting on Monday at a Metro store here in Ottawa.

Catch-all Discussions » ​Canoe Soliloquy » 7/27/2020 4:29 pm

yellowcanoe
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Having fun supercedes having the latest and greatest lightweight gear.  I remember encountering a couple of young fellows on the big beach at the end of the portage from the Amable du Fond into Manitou and they were clearly having a wonderful time doing a big loop through the park despite having a ridiculously small, crappy, fibreglass canoe!   However, for my wife and I being able to single pass portage is essential and we would not be able to do that without our 45lb canoe.   Now that we are in our 60's I can envision the day that the 45lb canoe will be too heavy and we'll have to get a 35lb canoe!

Equipment » Securing vehicle keys » 7/16/2020 4:58 pm

yellowcanoe
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Best missing key story I have involved a whitewater trip on the Madawaska River.   At the take out the shuttle driver realized he had left his keys at the put in.   Two people remembered there was farm near the take out point.  They walked there and found the farmer sitting on the porch and a brand new pickup truck parked beside the house.   They explained the situation and asked if he would give them a drive to the put in.  Instead he threw the truck keys to them and told them to drive it themselves!
 

Trip Planning » Wow, the backcountry is overrun! » 7/13/2020 3:53 pm

yellowcanoe
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Note that the requirement to pay for additional vehicles on a backcountry trip now mean it is advantageous for a group to register as several small groups corresponding to the number of vehicles they would be bringing.   This will result in fewer campsites in use as a group that made several reservations will only use one campsite on a lake.

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map UNLOSTIFY - Algonquin Park » 7/07/2020 1:51 pm

yellowcanoe
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I really like the additional historic information on Jeff's Map and I assume that will be carried forward to the Unlostify map.   A few years back while travelling from Maple Lake back to Kioshkokwi Lake via Maple Creek, a route I had done many times before, my son informed me that there were the remains of an old logging camp off of the next portage.   We easily found the side trail leading to it and were amazed to find four or five rows of metal bunk bed frames in the forest!   Hard to believe that at an earlier point in time there were 80 to 100 men working at this remote location.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 6/02/2020 7:53 pm

yellowcanoe
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MNR doesn't run the online reservation system - it is contracted out.   I would assume the markedly new web site is due to the contract for running the reservation system running out and a new vendor winning the contract.  However, it appears that the complaints about the site no longer showing site availability have fallen on deaf ears - the site still doesn't show how many campsites a lake has and how many sites are reserved.  I do like the fact that you can now easily view availability of a lake in the future.

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/09/2020 5:30 pm

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My guess would be that vault type toilets, the type typically found at a trailhead, would be available but facilities with running water and flush toilets would still be closed.

Trip Planning » OK how bad is camping in June Bugs! » 5/04/2020 9:33 pm

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Bugs in the Arctic are notoriously bad because it doesn't really warm up enough to kill off the black flies. One of our Earth Science geologists does field work on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Islands so I asked her how bad the bugs were.  I was surprised when she responded that that was too far north for black flies.  Unfortunately getting there is well beyond our budget so we'll just have to keep tolerating the bugs in Algonquin.

Trip Planning » OK how bad is camping in June Bugs! » 5/04/2020 2:24 pm

yellowcanoe
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One of the best trips we've done is a week long trip in Algonquin with another couple in the middle of June.  We started at Canoe Lake and passed through Big Trout, Red Pine Bay, Lake La Muir, Hogan, Big Crow and finished at Opeongo.  The bugs were quite variable - Burntroot was the worst spot for bugs and Big Crow was also pretty buggy.  Portages were always buggy.  However the bugs didn't seem bad at all at some places.   Our island site on Hogan was almost bug free.  What we really liked about the trip was that with so few people in the interior we were pretty much guaranteed a great campsite every night.  When the bugs are bad I use DEET repellent, if they are not too bad I'll use a Picaridin based repellent.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 4/17/2020 7:55 pm

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I've seen reports of antibody testing from the Netherlands and Santa Clara County, California.  in both cases they showed that the number of people who had been infected and now had antibodies was many many times greater than the number of people known to have been infected.   The net effect is to lower the case fatality rate.   The Santa Clara study put the CFR somewhere between "a little worse than the flu" to "twice as bad as the flu".  If the CFR is really that low it would be hard to justify continuing the level of lockdown we currently have.  Of course it will take more antibody testing before medical authorities are in agreement and ideally we would do some testing in Canada too!  

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/17/health/santa-clara-coronavirus-infections-study/index.html

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/15/2020 8:56 am

yellowcanoe
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trippythings wrote:

If I end up losing my job but we save thousands of lives in the process, it will have been worth it. The economy will recover eventually. Losing family and loved ones is permanent.

Countries such as Taiwan demonstrate that having a functional economy and saving lives are not mutually exclusive goals.  Despite keeping schools and businesses open, Taiwan has only recorded six deaths from the virus so far.  Of course it greatly helped that Taiwan began to plan for a pandemic right after the SARS crisis so when Covid-19 appeared they knew exactly what to do and had the necessary equipment and supplies.

Given that our government chose not to preplan in any way for a future pandemic, a lockdown was the only immediate option we had to control the infection rate.   However with each passing day there is less and less of an excuse for not deploying measures that would enable us to start reopening the economy while continuing to control the infection rate.  For example there is still no mandate for wearing masks even though the science shows that even simple home made masks are more effective than telling people to stay 2m apart.   

I would give governments credit for moving quickly to establish a lockdown but it's time for a new game plan.
 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/14/2020 6:59 pm

yellowcanoe
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Ford is being politically astute.   Trying to relax the current social distancing regulations and starting to restart the economy will raise a hue and cry from those who think we must maintain the current state until a vaccine is available in a year, or a year and a half or ???  Ford is leaving it to the Federal government to take the heat on that decision.  One thing I've noticed on Facebook is that the people who are most vocal about maintaining the current lockdown tend to be retired and collecting a fully indexed public sector defined benefit pension -- in other words the recession we are in now won't impact them in any way.  My concern is the impact this is having on younger generations, for example we have a three year old grandchild with autism who hasn't received any therapy since the lockdown started.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 3/23/2020 9:23 pm

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The National Capital Commission is now locking all their parking lots and will no longer groom the cross country ski trails in Gatineau Park.   The park was very busy on Sunday with hikers and skiers so I guess that is the rationale for discouraging usage.   Of course this will result in more pressure on other outdoor areas so my expectation is for more closures.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 331 » 2/28/2020 5:22 pm

yellowcanoe
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RPDUKE wrote:

Is that the creek from Access Point 10 heading into Norway?

You got it!   That was from an early May day trip from Access Point 10 to Fork Lake.  

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 331 » 2/28/2020 4:58 pm

yellowcanoe
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TripperMike wrote:

Otterslide cr?

Try again!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 331 » 2/28/2020 4:17 pm

yellowcanoe
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This shot was taken on a day trip.

https://i.ibb.co/SBr1pm7/IMG-2012.jpg

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 330 » 2/27/2020 9:01 am

yellowcanoe
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Cork Lake at the end of the portage from Opalescent.

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