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Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 6/17/2021 10:40 pm

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I suppose the least they could have done was supply some free beer with their apology... oops, can and bottle ban, I forgot.

After a few days in the woods you quickly forget the outside world.

Does beer come in recyclable Tetra-Paks? I think wine does. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


I had a "noise" experience once at Provoking Lake. It was... early 1980's maybe, back when the air force was doing low-level flights in the NWT and possibly Labrador, and the natives were quite unhappy about it. I didn't give it much thought until it happened to me.

It was a cloudy, cold day in early May and the water was choppy. I was just standing on some large rocks next to the water, when all of a sudden there this concentrated (like) rising sound of wind coming, source unknown. The sound volume rose really fast and then built to a crescendo, a roar like nothing I have ever experienced, and it kept increasing. Expecting a tornado or hurricane (or something!) I turned my head thinking mostly about shelter. At that moment a large, twin engined, gray-green camouflaged military aircraft buzzed the lake directly overhead in a roughly NE > SW direction. I was 100% motivated to hit the deck, it was so low! It looked like a vaguely like a Hercules (they make the ground shake too, at the moment of take-off) but it was obviously smaller. I tell you, I wanted to eat dirt except I was standing on large rocks.

I've been buzzed by the RAF Vulcan and I spent 3 weeks at CFB Bagotville when I was a kid - Voodoo interceptors were on 24/7 alert with multiple daily sorties on full afterburner, and the runway was next to the barracks. Whatever it was that I saw in A.P. that day was worse.
 

Trip Planning » There is now a full fire ban in Algonquin » 6/13/2021 1:19 am

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And there's some boil water advisory and "blue-green algae" stuff posted too.

https://i.ibb.co/2Z4yPZ4/boil-water-advisory.jpg

Catch-all Discussions » Blue Green Algae! » 6/13/2021 1:15 am

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Apparently this story still had legs as of early summer 2021.

https://i.ibb.co/2Z4yPZ4/boil-water-advisory.jpg

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/15/2021 7:33 pm

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What about the weather. There's been a couple of nice days in the Toronto area but also lots of frost warnings; I have had to pull out my *winter coat* this week. The current forecast is calling for FREEZING RAIN up north?!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/14/2021 1:04 am

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The way I am hearing it is AT LEAST three weeks.

Disappointing to see people packing into a downtown, ah, park-ette in Toronto.

History » Canoe Tripping 'Defining Moments' Project » 5/03/2021 2:25 pm

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Sitting on a log at Faya lake with a sandwich resting on my left, and a drink on my right. Nice day. After biting on the sandwich a bit I turned and reached for my drink and took a sip.

When I turned back to the sandwich, I saw that a gray jay had dropped silently out of a tree. It had one foot on the ground (Edit: log) and it had raised the top slice of bread with the other, and the varmint was about to pull away my slice of sausage with his beak! I yelled "HEY!" just in time and he flew off. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/worried.png

Trip Planning » Highland trail » 5/01/2021 11:45 pm

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I guess I haven't really twigged to how busy things have gotten.

I suppose this is a moot question given the ongoing park closure(s) -- I'm typing over the May 1st weekend, and there have been cautious snow forecasts in the Toronto area during the past week. Does anyone have any reports on residual snow or ice, and bugs???

Just curious what it's like up there right now.

Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 5/01/2021 11:31 pm

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Although I have watched lots of video, I have only seen a drone three times: (1) a hydro technician or inspector had one; I assume they sometimes use them to look at wires or insulators up close. (2) one was used at Sunnybrook Hospital to record some sort of promotional or fundraising video.

(3) A couple of days ago I was coming out of a supermarket near Don Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. here in Toronto. It was dusk and the light was fading but it wasn't quite dark yet. I noticed a whining, buzzy sound that I could not place - I thought perhaps someone had a cordless vacuum and was using it in the parking lot? Then I spotted the glowing red LED pilot light as the thing swerved mostly north and south along Don Mills or the adjacent sidewalk. It swerved a lot and veered up and down wildly in a crazy-looking attempt at controlled flight. Then it landed at the edge of the parking lot and nothing happened for at least half a minute and I was close to thinking "oh boy, a lost drone!!!". But a guy showed up - I think he had been on the sidewalk - and he picked it up and got into a car.

Not a very inspiring display.

Drive-in Campgrounds » can any one recommend a car campground site at brent? thanks » 5/01/2021 11:04 pm

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They have **campgrounds** there now? Last time I was there it was pretty small and there was an A.G. Bell type, wooden telephone box...

Seriously, when I think of Brent I remember 20 (or was it 40) miles of bad road, and the car full of sand from the dust from the logging trucks.
 

Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 2/09/2021 2:22 am

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Maybe the damage has been done - there are now (early 2021 onwards) drone videos on Google's youtube offerings.

Just passing through... looking for campsite pictures actually.

Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 2/09/2021 2:11 am

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Very nice... sort of off-topic, but I wonder how/if three-dimensional trickery works with these sorts of images. I'm thinking Kula 3D here maybe (https://www.kula3d.com - shameless plug, heh heh) but there is other hardware, cameras for instance that are... shaped like basketballs maybe, or a Zeiss planetarium instrument... that record the ground and the sky. I have a View-Master camera but it's never been to A.P., so sad.

The other thing I really like is three-dimensional animals. Here's a picture of my dog (6.5 lb. terrier) hunting elephant in the northern bush. Heh heh. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smile.png

Backcountry » Discouraging bears and varmints » 2/09/2021 1:50 am

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The post about cooking inside a log ( https://algonquinadventures.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=3078 ) reminded me about something I tried once, to keep my campsites free of visitors.

I had been in a high-rise building downtown when a locksmith came in to replace the locking mechanisms on all the mailboxes for the building. So the guy worked away for more than a few hours after which he passed holding a stack of little cloth bags, that the individual locks had come in. Instantly taking a shine to the bags, I asked the guy what he was going to do with them... it turned out he was fixing to toss them out so he was happy to give them to me.

Each bag was equipped with a draw string. Maybe six inches long for the old timers.

Ok, so I went to a hardware store and bough a box of moth balls. I popped a ball into each sack and wrapped the entire mess into one or two heavy gauge poly bags. On my next trip to A.P. I decided on a campsite in the interior and up my tent etc. Before dark I went around in a WIDE CIRCLE around my camp, and every couple of feet I hung one of the little bags on a spruce tree. Bingo, silent night!

In the morning it was just a case of going around and retrieving all the bags and then squaring them away.

If you look at video from these motion-detector cams that they have nowadays, of the trails the place is just crawling with wildlife at night. I thought this might be a reasonable, non-invasive way to temporarily tell the critter folk to stay the #$%^&@! away from me.

Of course you'd still have to choose your location carefully. Nothing worse than setting up and going to sleep only to discover that the night shift of a colony of beavers is coming on stream in that very spot!!!

Backcountry » Heating а Tent with a Log Torch » 2/09/2021 1:34 am

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Ahhhh, okay... "Finnish" style. Coincidentally, I watched some video a couple of months ago of an American guy (I believe it was) splitting a log and... again, arranging the matching pieces in a slightly larger circle, held together with wire. This was outside his canvas tent in the dead of winter. The next part had me kinda shaking my head because of the smell, me being the sort of person who's not fond of bears etc. sniffing around my tent.

So the guy lit a fire in the centre of the "Stonehenge"-like circle of log pieces and waited until the inside area was burned down to red hot coals. Then, IIRC he inserted a "shiskabob" arrangement of meat and vegetable chunks on a skewer wrapped in foil, sort of thing and let it bake, vertically.

In the early part of the "Finnish" video you can see where the guy pulls out a couple of sausages or hot dogs, from the centre of the affair.

IIRC the American guy only used the circle of logs for cooking, but he had an actual stove inside his tent that was made out of an oil barrel.

I'm not clear on the materials used for these experiments in terms of what prevents the pipes and/or chimney from charring the canvas of the tent that the people are sleeping in, where the canvas meets the hot metal.

P.S. Elsewhere in the category, famous U.S. back-country outdoorsman and diarist Dick Proenneke ("One Man's Wilderness") apparently had a 16mm movie camera with him, so there are clips available.

Still image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Proenneke#/media/File:Richard_Proenneke_in_his_cabin.jpeg

Trip Planning » Ranger Cabins?? » 2/09/2021 1:09 am

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I can honestly say I have never seen a "cabin" in the interior. Have stayed at Killarney (Lodge) but this is news to me.

Related: has there been much spread, of the virus, in the area? I recall Barrie Ont. being mentioned on the news a while back but nothing like "Huntsville, North Bay, Mattawa, Chalk River" etc.

IIRC fly-in type, First Nations bands have been hit hard, probably because they tend to have denser housing.

(I have only been inside a F.N. house once... on a reservation in... southern Manitoba, IIRC. The building was a sort of "display" unit made of "alternative" materials like steel and concrete and the deal was that people got to live there, but there would be visitors. I felt very unconfortable trooping through these peoples' house while they were literally eating lunch and watching TV etc.)
 

Campgrounds and Front-country » mew lake » 12/13/2020 12:51 am

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Curious about any news about the water situation. If I remember correctly they were trucking it in, earlier this year.

Catch-all Discussions » Frequently Asked Questions About Algonquin » 11/24/2020 12:14 am

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Hooray for LNT!

Except I personally like to leave a bit of kindling material and wood for the next person.

Re: "Terrain characteristics and field conditions will vary with the season, weather and passage of time. Anticipate and be prepared for adversity," - ho ho HAHAHA hee ho! You mean like beaver activity (which can change how things look) and washouts?!?! Hahaha.

I had a quick look at the FAQ and noticed that key words like "weather" and "unpredictable" do not appear... ah, close together.

Also with the recent (1980's onwards?) appearance of giardia and now "boil water advisories" I'm personally kind of big on words like "bottled" and algae and cyanobacteria and stuff like that. And the can and bottle ban which presumably does not include small plastic bottles - I'm still not sure about that.

Full disclosure: the business of little animals possibily inhabiting a dead-looking tree has not previously occurred to me. My bad!

Trip Reports » Big Trout Loop (sort of) » 9/18/2020 8:57 pm

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> Burnt Island is a big damn lake. And possibly dangerous too!

Wow. Been there, done that. On the way back from the Otterslide one time it was cloudy and the rain was spitting here and there. Still, it was clear when we shoved off to where we'd left the bulk of our gear (big mistake, right there) but I would say that it got surly after about 5 minutes, about when turning back seemed like an undesirable option.

Well, about two minutes later it was dark as night - ah, this was in the late afternoon like. The waves whipped up and in no time we were way out in the open, soaked and just trying to maintain an even course with the whitecaps breaking out over the prow. We made for like a 10 x 25 foot (maybe) rock sticking out of the water, then flipped over the canoe and crawled underneath... we stayed that way for about an hour until things died down enough for us to continue our dash to the far shore.

My buddy said that if we had landed another 30 seconds later he wouldn't have been able to locate the gear cache -- including our tent -- in the dark. Which was a good thing (being able to find the gear) because the night brought a massive continuation of the storm with thunder and lightning right through until morning; the electrics lighting up the inside of the tent as bright as day. In our haste we popped the tent on a slope... I woke up in the morning with about half of the tent filled with 12" of water, my feet completely "submerged". But the sun came out and we were able to dry everything "crispy".

Ontario weather: unpredictable.

I had the same thing happen to me on Lake Ontario - nice day one minute/black as night the next, with giant waves - but it was on a boat that could hold 100+ people. Still, scary as all get-out and I had to think "Oh no, not again!!!".

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