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Photos and Videos To Share » Mark in the Park Season 2 » Yesterday 12:33 pm

Love that teaser about sounds in the park.  That is a LOT of what takes me to Algonquin.  In our homes, the tiny sounds are constant: the computer fan, the refrigerator, the tv, road noise, etc.  I am the last to bed and turn out the lights, yet twenty little tiny indicator lights continue on; it is never truly dark, the electronic world is never truly off.  Then I go to the park, and bask in those sounds, that' the human battery charger right there.  At times it is so silent my ears ring - the most beautiful non-sound to take in.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 375 » 6/01/2020 12:21 pm

It will probably turn out to be easy for somebody.  I'll get it started.  I don't think this is right, but it does remind me of Daisy.

Trip Planning » Where are you supposed to be? » 5/17/2020 8:47 am

Either back home writing my trip report and bragging on how I managed not to get lost on the lengthy David Creek to Rosebary portage and then the next day got my tired old bones up the Tim River-to-
Queer Lake portage, OR, being the subject of posts on AA based on an online story about a guy ending up in a bodybag because he couldn't manage one or the other.

Trip Planning » OK how bad is camping in June Bugs! » 5/04/2020 3:35 pm

Should have mentioned - the first night, we had something sniffing around the tent.  Sounded big.  I was tired, so I went to "whap" the side of the tent with the back of my hand, and so I did that as hard as I could.  Except I forgot which side of the tent I was on, so instead of hitting tent I hit my fiance in the face.  The back of my hand felt her nose and upper lip, and she had no warning in the darkness of the tent.  The next two minutes were her yelling "OWWW!" and me yelling "SORRY!  SORRY!  SORRY!"  Bonus we never heard another sound that night. worked! 

In November, we'll celebrate 20 years,  My sister couldn't believe she still married me after that trip.

Trip Planning » OK how bad is camping in June Bugs! » 5/04/2020 3:10 pm

The one June trip I ever took was because scheduled dictated it.  I took my then fiance on a three day trip to show her the park.  When we set off for Shirley in June 2000 ha ha I was not wise to the ways of bugs.  On the way to Shirley and our first campsite, no problem.  First campsite was not bad at all for bugs, but the view of the lake was lacking, so on day two we switched to a different site.  Nice campsite, great view, more bugs.  They kind of chased us into the tent after dinner, but it wasn't terrible until the morning of day three.  I woke up to the sound of chainsaws in the distance, then realized what it was and said something like "OH MY GOD THOSE ARE MOSQUITOES BUZZING THE TENT."

We broke camp in about five minutes.  We were halfway across the lake when we finally shook the last of the mosquitoes, then upon reaching the portage, experienced the worst mosquito onslaught I have ever faced.  Wiped about a dozen in a bloody pulp off my left hand, did the same to my right hand, and saw that my left hand was already populated with another dozen.  It was absurd.  Unloading was a chowfest (I had to deal with an equipment issue of some kind, so I sent her on her way and subjected myself to it for a few brutal minutes).  This was the same bug-free portage we had come in on, just two days prior, but now it was dew-filled, and the sun hadn't hit it yet.  Once we were in the woods, zero bugs.  The rest of the way out - zero bugs.  Load out at the access point - no bugs.

I conclude that it depends where you are, when during the day you are there, and how the wind is.  But you won't see me there in June again, I can tell you that!  


Catch-all Discussions » Lost canoe companions » 5/03/2020 8:56 am

Shark - sorry to hear that.  Beagles never seem to lose their charm.  During quarantine I've been going through photos to try delete the junk and came across what I think is my favorite of that dog.  She loved a leafpile, and I got a photo of her doing a total super-dog leap into a leafpile, so fast the picture is blurred.  Six weeks later she turned 13.


Where In Algonquin? » WIA-IMR #367 » 5/01/2020 7:51 am

1) Trippythings,  Nice "bedroom".  Where's the pile of dirty clothes?  Where's the junk strewn all over the nightstand?  Where's the stack of unread books?  You aren't fooling anybody but yourself with your fake bedroom.
2) I can't imagine this is correct, but it sure looks like Casey to me, from the side of the middle campsite looking out over the length of the lake.
3) It really is a lovely photo, definitely worth the wall space.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 365 » 4/28/2020 1:01 pm

Is that Rain Lake coming from....I forget the name of the lake in between Islet and Rain....Hot - coming from Hot Lake to Rain?

Trip Reports » Two night, mid-September trip - Misty, David » 4/28/2020 12:59 pm

Wow that night travel was something else!  The sound of your paddle in the water in the dark was creeping me out.  I wouldn't recommend it for Joe Average camper, but you know what you're doing and that  portage isn't bad. 

The sunrise on Ralph Bice was worth it (well, almost - you had to wake up pretty doggone early to see it....).  That was lovely.  Those are the moments that make an Algonquin trip so special - where there can be stillness in the solitude, when you witness something grand, and you're able to participate briefly in what truly is a fleeting moment.  Thanks for sharing that.

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 4/26/2020 10:44 pm

I have fears that this continues through the entire summer and maybe even beyond somehow, until the COVID thing is really under control - who knows when the border will open for non-essential business, or when the park will open, etc.  I rekindled my canoe-tripping in 2016 after a 16-year layoff.  I'm 54, so I still have good canoe-tripping years in front of me, but I know I have fewer tripping years in front of me than are behind me, and watching a season dwindle away just really bothers me.  Can't really be helped, we're all at the mercy of the situation health-wise and government-imposed rules-wise, but ugh.  I'm just hoping I can take a late September trip but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.  EVERYTHING is up in the air right now.

Equipment » Map storage » 4/26/2020 10:37 pm

I have this ridiculous souvenir algonquin map habit, where I get a park map whenever I take a trip.  I mark the trip on the map, and they all live on a shelf on a bookshelf.  When I'm in the park, I print out a screenshot of the relevant Jeff Maps section, laminate it, and keep it in my hat or shirt pocket (depends which hat I have with me).  

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/20/2020 3:55 pm

To answer the question I know is on the tip of everyone's tongue:  If every person on earth utilized a 6' social distance, it would require 54,768 square miles.  The habitable living space on earth is 24,642,757 square miles.  So the good news is nobody has to stand in the middle of a body of water, and there still should be plenty of room for canoes. 

1) 8' circles were used for the math, so I accounted for the human in the middle of the circle, and even I am surprised I remembered to account for that.
2) This assumes that every single person is walking around at the same time, either on the first floor of a building or outside.
3) 2018 world population estimate.  

Naturally, all of this depends upon my ability to do math, which, according to Mr. Ford back in 7th Grade, requires a leap of faith on the part of the reader.  He was intimidating, but he wasn't wrong.  So your mileage may vary.

Trip Planning » First trip post lockdown » 4/20/2020 12:46 pm

I route I've wanted to take for a couple of years. 
Day 1 = Magnetawan - Mubwayaka
Day 2 = Mubwayaka - Rosebary
Day 3 = Rosebary down the Tim to Queer/Little Trout
Day 4 = Little Trout - out.

Seems like the right amount of challenge for me.  A river crossing on the carry from David Creek to Rosebary will provide a match of wits that I will probably not win.  A lengthy paddle day down the endless S-curve Tim, during which I want to count just  how many beaver dams I cross, concluding with an uphill nasty (so I am told) to Queer and then a "can-I-finally-be-there?" paddle to Little Trout.  Then a get-out-of here crossing (into a strong westerly wind) of Ralph Bice.

Last Fall I had to cancel that trip on account of no water.  This Spring I had to cancel because of no park.  I'm concerned that this Fall the cancellation might be due to no border.  If that comes to pass, and I have to go a third year waiting for this the weather be unseasonably sleety for four consecutive days when I finally do get to do it.

Catch-all Discussions » Barter in the Park » 4/16/2020 8:10 am

It isn't camp food unless it has some bark and soil in it.

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/14/2020 2:33 pm

It is starting to look like the animals of the forest are about to have their greatest summer ever.  "Where are all the bi-peds and those big floating hats they wear all the time?"

Equipment » Solo or Tandem Canoe? » 4/13/2020 1:53 pm

Hi Steve -  In the past for me it was 100% group trips (usually a group of 2 people).  During the past few years I have ventured into solo trips, and I think that will increase some.  I don't own a solo however, I just fantasize about it.  I need to be able to say "What?  That's always been there." with a straight face when my wife asks what that third canoe is in the garage before I can take the plunge.

I have always used a tandem - canoe trips, fishing, evening paddle, everything.  It suits the best of both worlds for me except for one thing - weight.  I have a Nova Craft Pal that weighs about 58 pounds with the trim package I've got.  I can manage it ok, but it would not break my 54-year old heart to portage say a 40 pound solo boat.  With any canoe I've ever purchased, all tandems, I have done so knowing it would sometimes be used as a solo, and sometimes as a tandem.

Well, there is another consideration - it does get tiresome in a stiff wind getting the boat pushed  off sideways.  A solo boat is typically lower in the water, the weight is more cental, there's less surface area to get caught up in wind, so it may be less susceptible to that.  Others will probably chime in on that.  If you tend to stick to smaller lakes, etc., this may not be much of a concern for you.  I've lived with it so far, but I can't say it isn't annoying.

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