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Trip Planning » Bushwhacking from Opeongo to Burnt Island, looking for information » 7/23/2021 11:18 am

yellowcanoe
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TripperMike wrote:

keg wrote:

Jeff's Maps has "traditional" portages drawn but they're drawn ruler straight so they  might just  be rumors of old portages.

Exactly.  The information of where these portages were could be 100 years old.  That being said, there are/were logging camp remnants on Cross Bill from the 40's so people were accessing it at one point in time.  I think the worst part of this will be going from the creek to Hailstorm L.  Moose muck up to your waist and I doubt the narrow end is passable.  A GPS would be useful so you don't end up way off track.  

I would expect that Jeff got the historic portage information from either the 1925 or 1941 Arthur Brown maps of Algonquin Park.
 

Trip Planning » Bug report 2021 » 6/30/2021 1:19 pm

yellowcanoe
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We just got back from a 10 day trip via Canoe, Tom Thomson, Macintosh, Misty, White Trout, Big Trout, Otterslide, Burnt Island and Canoe.  We were amazed at how few bugs there were.  Blackflies appeared to be gone but a few familiar looking bites on my ankles suggest there were a few of them still around, likely on the day we travelled from Misty to White Trout.  Mosquitos were few in number and on most portages we had no need of bug jackets or DEET.   Mosquitos did come out at dusk but never in large numbers.   Unfortunately, the large amount of rain we got on our trip probably means there will be bumper crop of mosquitos for paddlers in July.

Trip Planning » Gouinlock Lake » 6/18/2021 8:59 pm

yellowcanoe
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First time I was in that area in 1983 I am pretty sure the portage to Gouinlock was across the lawn of the cottage you are referring to!   We camped on the south campsite on Gouinlock last summer and it was a really nice site.   No one was at the cottage at that time so we didn't hear any generator noise.

Trip Planning » Option to view campsite availability again for backcountry » 6/12/2021 1:57 pm

yellowcanoe
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swedish pimple wrote:

hey help,,,,, i down loaded googled chrome (i am using a mac book air) and the site scout,, but i can not get the thing to actually work,, every thang is there ,,  i am lost in space?  any ideas,, thanks

Had me a mite confused too!   The trick is that when you select a lake, a rectangular box containing the lake name and number appears on the map.  Click on that box and the campsite availability information is added to the information window for that lake.

I'm super pleased with this.   I just ran through the 11 night trip we are starting next Friday and it looks like we have Lake LaMuir and Hogan all to ourselves!   However, our first and last nights on Burnt Island and South Arm Opeongo will likely be busier by the time we actually get to them.
 

Trip Planning » just off the phone from ontario parks,, algonquin opens june 8th? » 6/04/2021 5:32 pm

yellowcanoe
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Daily cases were down to 699 a couple of days ago and we are now back over 900.  Very disappointing!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/29/2021 5:34 pm

yellowcanoe
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Here's the text of the letter I am about to send via post office mail to Doug Ford.   It takes more effort to prepare and send a letter via the post office than filling in a web form so I am hoping doing so will carry more weight.   I hope all of you also take time to write our premier and ideally your own MPP, especially if you have a Conservative one.

I am writing regarding the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns.  Over 60% of adults in Ontario have been vaccinated and that percentage is increasing every day.   We know that the vaccines are quite effective in protecting people from getting Covid-19 and if they do get infected they are far less likely to require hospitalization.  My understanding is that in jurisdictions that have achieved a high level of vaccination that hospital admissions are dominated by those who are not vaccinated.  For example the following article https://www.koat.com/article/state-nearly-all-covid-19-patients-hospitalized-are-not-vaccinated/36424115#  indicates that in the state of New Mexico 99% of hospital admissions for Covid-19 are people who had not been vaccinated.
Despite the fact that vaccines are quite effective in keeping people from requiring hospitalization your government persists in imposing broad reaching lockdowns that impact everyone in this province.   It’s time to find ways to start opening up more activities to the majority who have received at least one dose of vaccine.
The current ban on backcountry camping is especially perplexing.   We go backcountry camping to get away from people.   The chances of contracting Covid-19 while backcountry camping are pretty much non-existent.
We are totally fed up with these endless lockdowns and we do not see ourselves as the source of the problem.  If your government persists in treating vaccinated people like children, I assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that your government is not reelected in the next election.


 

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/29/2021 3:27 pm

yellowcanoe
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It is so disappointing to come to realization that I live in an idiocracy!

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/27/2021 7:32 am

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This article suggests that in the state of New Mexico 99% of new hospital admissions for Covid are people who were not vaccinated.    https://www.koat.com/article/state-nearly-all-covid-19-patients-hospitalized-are-not-vaccinated/36424115#   I haven't seen numbers for Ontario but it certainly illustrates that the vaccines are quite effective at keeping people from getting sick to the point that they require hospitalization.  Unfortunately I don't have similar statistics for Ontario but I think we can assume the same trend is taking place with hospitalizations largely coming from the still shrinking segment of the population that for whatever reason has not been vaccinated.   As a larger share of the population become vaccinated and thus pose a much smaller risk to the hospital system I think it becomes harder and harder to justify a global lockdown that impacts everyone.    

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/20/2021 4:07 pm

yellowcanoe
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While I believe camping, especially backcountry camping, could be opened sooner it is at least gratifying to see the vaccination numbers steadily climbing and the daily new cases steadily dropping.

Trip Planning » Ontario Closes Crown Land Camping » 4/23/2021 7:02 pm

yellowcanoe
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It's official now.   The Indian variant of Covid-19 has reached Ontario.  today was the first day the 7 day average of new infections had dropped but once the Indian variant really takes root we'll be heading back up again.   I sure wish our Federal government would make a serious effort to keep new variants out of the country.   Every time a new variant gets here it is analogous to pouring gasoline on a fire.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 9:56 pm

yellowcanoe
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MartinG wrote:

Tom Thomson?

You got it!   The photos were taken during the amazing weather we had early last November.  We spent one night on Joe Lake and 1 night on Tom Thomson.

Trip Planning » Ontario Closes Crown Land Camping » 4/17/2021 9:44 pm

yellowcanoe
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The situation is dire right now but I am optimistic that it will play out much better than it did at this time last year.  We are all using masks, something that wasn't the case a  year ago.   As of today, over 3.4 million people in Ontario have received at least one dose of vaccine and we seem to be doing over 100,000 additional doses per day.   The current restrictions should yield positive results in less time than they did a year ago.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 8:06 pm

yellowcanoe
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shaggy wrote:

Was there this summer with Maseo and we both can’t believe we didn’t recognize it until it was guessed..

Huh?  No one has guessed it yet.   Time for another hint -- it is within a days travel of Highway 60.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 4:11 pm

yellowcanoe
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ShawnD wrote:

That’s Greenleaf. Northern site I think.

Sadly, I've never been into Greenleaf and now that we are in our 60's the chances of us getting in there are fading fast!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 10:17 am

yellowcanoe
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https://i.ibb.co/Nn7R8mS/IMG-4757.jpg


Perhaps this picture of the thunderbox from the same campsite will jog someone's memory!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 9:47 am

yellowcanoe
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Burnt Root is too far north.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #468 » 4/17/2021 9:22 am

yellowcanoe
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Maseo wrote:

Happy Isle lake?
Western most campsite on island?

Not Happy Isle.  

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