Category Archives: Cal & Mike Outside

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Ice Fishing On Buck Lake

Over the past month or so we’ve made a couple of trips out to Buck Lake to visit my parents and do a little ice fishing! Mike had never been ice fishing before this winter, and it’s been a LOOOOOONG time for me (which is kind of sad, considering my mum and dad live right

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For The Love Of Horses

Yesterday I started a new job. That in itself if not terribly exciting, since I’ve been sort of hopping from one job to the next for over a year now, in the hopes of finding a place I really wanted to settle into. However, I think I’ve found THE ONE! Yes, it’s probably too early

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How To: Packing Away Your Gear In The Off-Season

Backpacking season is coming to an end. While Mike and I do a bit of camping over winter for L.A.R.P (we sleep in cabins) most of our gear gets packed away for the winter season. Here are sone tips and bits of advice on making sure that your gear is stored appropriately, keeping it in

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Personal Identification In The Backcountry? Dog Tags To The Rescue!

Mike and I don’t carry our wallets in the backcounty.  There are several reasons for this. 1.  I don’t like to risk potentially losing my wallet or any of the stuff inside of it.  Replacing a sleeping bag or a tent is easier (if not more expensive) than replacing credit cards, drivers licences, and all

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How To: A Better Way To Carry Eggs While Backpacking

Some people are afraid to pack eggs on a camping or backpacking trip, due to lack of refrigeration.  Truth be told, people have been keeping eggs since LONG before refrigeration was invented, and you can too.  First of all, eggs can keep at room temperature for long periods of time.  In European countries, most people

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Backpacking Flores Island: Video Post

270. Do at least one vlog post (video blog)

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Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Kutcous Point

After spending four nights and three amazing days at Cow Bay, Mike and I decided to cut the hike out into two pieces, and go back as far as the low-tide shortcut on Thursday afternoon.  We would cross the shortcut at low tide and camp on the other side of it, so we could do

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Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Cow Bay

The following four days were absolutely amazing. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and watching whales spouting while we drank our morning coffee, it was incredible. We fished, and played in the water, and caught crabs and minnows and whatever else we could find. The beach

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Backpacking Flores Island: Walking The Wildside Trail

After departing the trail office, we headed to the beginning of our hike in.  There are a number of signs that you find along the trail, which go along with a booklet you can pick up, that explains as you go along the significance of some areas to the native people.  We didn’t get the booklet, but

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Backpacking Flores Island: Getting There

After weeks of preparation, and quite a lot of anxiety, and making of arrangements, we hit the road for Vancouver Island on Friday, July 20th. The first hour of the trip was uneventful, and then we got to the park gates, just outside of Banff, and it was clear something was amiss. Traffic was backed

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Backpacking Flores Island, British Columbia

I’ve just purchased our fishing passes, which I suppose makes it official: Mike and I are embarking on 18 hoours of travel, which will include 1,200 odd kilometers of driving (around 750 miles) a ferry ride, and a jaunt on a water taxi.  Our destination is Flores Island, which is a remote Provincial Park, just

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Five Backpacking Foods You May Not Have Considered

There are a lot of food staples that we all reach for when we are planning a backpacking trip: trail mix, instant rice, bags of strange shriveled meats and veggies, and jerky.  However, while planning for our longest trip yet, I’ve discovered some non-typical options that can add some excitement to your usual repitoire!  While

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Twist-Top Bottles For Backpacking With Liquids!

Taking liquids into the backcountry is a special challenge. Liquids lead to extra weight, and potential messes in your gear, and can be frustrating because even the smallest bottle of ketchup is rediculously over-sized for a weekend away. Don’t even get me started on liquids that are commonly packaged in glass bottles. Putting these condiments

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Recipe: Tofu Jerky

Tofu Jerky Recipe Ingredients: 1 brick of firm or extra firm tofu 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 head of garlic, or 2 tbsp of minced garlic (you can adjust this to taste, we like a LOT of garlic) Pepper to taste Directions: Combine everything except tofu in a freezer bag, and

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Recipe: Basic Dehydrated Tofu

Tofu is a great option for vegetarians, or an alternative protein if you’re getting bored of the usual.  Fresh tofu is heavy, so dehydrating it is the ideal way to make it backpacking friendly! Dehydrated Tofu Recipe Ingredients: 1 brick of firm or extra firm tofu Seasonings or sauce to taste (see below) * You

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Recipe: Dehydrated Ground Beef

Add a little beef to your backpacking meals! When people think of dehydrating meat, beef jerky is usually the first thing to come to mind.  While jerky is a trail favorite, and a staple of many back-country expeditions, there are plenty of other options for dehydrated fare that can add flavor and fullness to your repertoire. Ground beef goes

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Photo Post: Adventures In Fishing

Photos from August 2011

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Photo Post: Fishing At Running Rain Lake

Photos from July 2011

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Gear Review: Evernew Titanium Non-Stick DX3 Cooking Set

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Pan/Pot Combination Volume – 1.3 L/43 floz (Pot) & 650 mL/22 floz  (Pan) Trail Weight – About 8.1 oz Includes – Pot, pan, silicone-coated removable handles, nylon drawstring carry-bag Materials – Titanium, with silicone ceramic non-stick coating Additional Specs – Evernew America Review: Titanium. The word itself sounds impressive. When it comes to

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Dragons, And Goblins, and Kobalds, Oh My!

It’s summer time, and LARP is still in full-swing!  Oddly enough, we’ve appeared in a few photos as of late, and so I wanted to share some of them with you. Here’s Mike, and the Order of the Golden Dawn (my character isn’t a member, yet, for religious reasons) Yay for morning coffee. Goblins loooooove

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May Long Weekend At Sibbald Lake

For the long weekend, Mike and I took the kids out to Sibbald Lake for three days of camping.  Yes, THREE whole days, and four nights, to be exact. We had a BLAST!  There was fishing, minnow-catching, hiking, waffles, camp fires.  It was perfect.  And the weather was pretty awesome too. I think Smidgin’s expression

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Hitting The Slopes, Eating Weird Things, And Other Goodness

Some months back, Mike’s mom, Ruth, and his sister, Michelle, came out to Alberta for a visit! It was so great to see them, and the four of us headed out to the mountains for a two-day ski vacation in Banff. I hadn’t been on skis in almost a decade, and it had been quite

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Underworld LARP – Winter 2011/12 Assorted Photos

Most of these are of me, as Mike is usually the one with the camera, but I think there are at least a couple shots of him!

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Gear Review: GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Mug/Pot Combination Volume – 0.6 L Trail Weight – About 6.3 oz Includes – 0.6 L Pot/Mug, Sip-It Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon Materials – Proprietary, Hard Anodized Alloy Additional Specs – GSI Outdoors Review: I think of all the gear we own, our GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

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Snow Day

Recently, while Sydnie was at a birthday party, we took Lincoln out to a tobogganing hill in the city for some fun.  We all went sledding and had a rather fantastic time of it.