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Where In Algonquin? » WIA392 » 7/25/2020 3:13 pm

dcmcelroy
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That campsite has a good view both east and west, so you get both the sunset and the sunrise.  Plus, on the visit that produced the photo Bob posted, we were there on the night of the full moon, so got both moonrise and moonset as well.  It was impossible from inside the tent to tell when morning came, since there was bright moonlight all night and the sunrise and moonset pretty much coincided.

Trip Planning » A way to find available number of campsites with the new system! » 6/29/2020 12:41 pm

dcmcelroy
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With regard to the actions of Ontario Parks and the new reservation system, or any other annoying screw-up, always bear in mind Hanlon's Razor:

          Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

Trip Planning » Talk to me about Unicorn Hill » 6/05/2020 5:34 pm

dcmcelroy
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Peek and MartinG are both right on.  It's a longish portage all right, but not a nasty trail - the worst thing is that it goes up and up and up in the most frustrating way.  Most of it is not particularly steep. I've done it quite a few times over the years in both directions, first time in 1975.  Last time was 2015, and I'd do it again if my back and knees weren't starting to fall apart.

The portage from Lynx to the NIpissing is the same hill but going down (mostly a better trail, though).

If you want a real hill, try the portage from St. Andrews Lake to Tarn Lake.  Nearly 5 km long, with climb of more than a hundred metres, and down almost the same, for a net gain in elevation of less than 30 metres.  

And yes, the wind can whip up some mighty waves on Cedar.  If the surf's up, it's best to just wait till things calm down.

Trip Planning » Wendigo Road » 6/03/2020 12:32 pm

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We were there in August 2019 and the washout appeared to have been fixed.  The road didn't seem any worse than usual (though granted we had a Toyota 4Runner).  I did see a Kia Soul in the parking lot at Wendigo, so it couldn't have been too tough to get in there.  I believe the washout was caused by a big beaver dam giving way in last spring's heavy runoff, so unless there's been a repeat performance you are probably good to go.  The melt this year was fairly slow and the runoff not too bad.

Trip Reports » Late September 2019 Trip - Mark in the Park Season 2 » 5/15/2020 3:32 pm

dcmcelroy
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The base at Petawawa does not have it's own airstrip, but uses the nearby Pembroke airport (yes, they can accommodate a C-130), so it could indeed have been coming from/going there.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 326 » 2/20/2020 6:00 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

I believe thats laurel

Right you are - Laurel Lake, at the end of the portage from Little Cauchon.
You're up.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 326 » 2/20/2020 4:36 pm

dcmcelroy
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You're right - it's not right.  Not closer, but not farther either.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 326 » 2/20/2020 3:55 pm

dcmcelroy
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None of the above, but closer, and closer, and even closer.  The view is looking at a campsite from the end of a portage.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 326 » 2/20/2020 12:17 pm

dcmcelroy
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This spot is north of Highway 60 and at least 50 km from any of the above guesses.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 325 » 2/19/2020 1:36 pm

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Oh, all right, Brandon - we can arm wrestle some other time LOL.
It's funny, that must be a popular spot for photos - I took almost the same one, also minus human and canoe bow.
 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 325 » 2/18/2020 9:01 pm

dcmcelroy
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I'd be happy to cede posting the next WIA to Peek (I knew he was basically right, and I just wanted to have some fun nitpicking).  He'd win the arm wrestling for sure anyway, so go to it Brandon.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin 325 » 2/18/2020 7:22 pm

dcmcelroy
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or perhaps approaching Carcajou Creek from Lower Spectacle Lake https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Catch-all Discussions » Pyramids in Algonquin??? » 1/30/2020 4:25 pm

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https://www.mcelroy.ca/images/20190618-0070.jpg

St. Andrews Lake
We always look for pyramids so we can tell Scott about them (and there are definitely more than nine in APP LOL)

Trip Planning » New campsite reservation system is rolling out soon! » 12/07/2019 12:55 pm

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Have to admit my first look at it was pretty quick and dirty.  Yes the map is there but not having that crucial info about how many sites are available on a lake is a major flaw.  Also the list view of availability is a real pain to use - it should be one long scrollable list and/or have some sort of search button to allow you to go directly to the info for a particular lake.  More emails to Ontario Parks are clearly in order.

Trip Planning » New campsite reservation system is rolling out soon! » 12/07/2019 10:11 am

dcmcelroy
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Well, Shawn, you're obviously a very persuasive guy.  I just got an email from Ontario Parks saying the new system is now live.  A very quick test shows the availability maps just as they were before.  Overall it looks good and seems easy to use.  Hopefully that feeling will persist as the season moves on.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 305 » 11/27/2019 8:45 am

dcmcelroy
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Thanks, Shawn, but I think I'll pass, so whoever wants to post the next WIA - go to it!

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