Tag Archives: Hiking

The Ink Pots

Achievement Unlocked: Get Engaged

On April 11th Michael and I revisited the Ink Pots, and in true hiker fashion, this was the place he chose to get down on one knee and propose! We hadn’t been back since our first ever backpacking trip, so it was a lovely surprise, even if the day was a bit cold. After I

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Hiking With The Younglings In Peter Lougheed

Over Easter weekend we decided it was time to hit the trails with the kids.  We want to take them backpacking this summer, but it won’t do to just load them up and hope for the best.  So, we got out their daypacks, filled them with water and snacks, and drove down to Peter Lougheed

Moose On The Trail

Oh Hai, It’s Me Again!

Right, this blog, I had sort of forgotten about it, and then 2014 was the year of “maybe next month will be better” and of course next month never was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t terrible, but it definitely had it’s moments. Mike worked away, which was wonderful and terrible all at the same

Giant Panda At Toronto Zoo

Summer Vacation In Ontario

The heavy snowfall we’ve had recently has me longing for the lazy days of summer.  I was browsing photos from the warmer months, and realized I hadn’t gotten ’round to writing about the wonderful trip we took to Ontario this summer!  I even got to accomplish a couple of list things, thanks to Mike’s really

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Mike Harvests His First Deer: Whitetail Hunting In The Alberta Foothills

** NOTE ** This post contains graphic photos of a deer being gutted, skinned, and processed. It all started with a Remington .308 and some yellow tags. In the spring, Mike and I obtained our firearms permits, via Nelson Firearms Training here in Calgary (we HIGHLY recommend them, they were awesome) with the intention of taking

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Photo Post: Adventures In Fishing

Photos from August 2011

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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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Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day Three

Sunday was another gorgeous day, starting with sunshine and blue sky first thing in the morning. We all got up and made coffee and oatmeal again for breakfast. We pulled the tents apart to dry them from the rain that fell overnight. Then there was time for taking more photos and getting our gear rounded

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Adventures In British Columbia: Wildhorse River & Yoho National Park

While I am normally a planner extraordinaire, Micheal is more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy. This makes going on trips together…interesting, if not an extreme exercise in frustration for both of us. And so it was that we recently ended up on the road, with no real plan, but enough gear to spend several

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Camping With The Kids: Radium Hot Springs Edition – Day Three & Day Four

On our third day in camp, we got up bright and early to have breakfast, which consisted of bacon and cinnamon buns (cooked in foil over the coals from our fire). Mike and I made coffee with the MSR filter that his brother Ben gave us for Christmas. It was a beautiful, relaxing way to

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Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set Three

Photos from June 2010 Click to view full-size

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Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set Two

Photos from June 2010 Click to view full-size

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Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set One

Photos from June 2010 Click to view full-size

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On A Recent Drive To The Mountains

  Nothing lifts my spirits more than spending time in the Rockies with Mike.

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On Snowshoeing And Our Visit To Ontario

On Tuesday Mike and I returned from our trip to Ontario to visit his family. We had a really wonderful time. It was so good to see everyone and catch up with them. Made me miss living there and being closer to all of them. We spent most of our time indoors, spending time with

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Photo Post: Bon Echo Park, Ontario – Set Two

Photos from July 2010 Click to view full-size

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Photo Post: Bon Echo Park, Ontario – Set One

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Photo Post: Killbear Park, Ontario – Set Three

Photos from June 2010 Click to view full-size

Photo Post: Killbear Park, Ontario – Set Two

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Article: The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders – Part Two

Click here for Part One Article courtesy of Backpacker Magazine Written by: Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders (Continued) 6. Going ultra-light without ultra-experience A regular backpacker going ultra-light is like a vegetarian becoming a vegan—it takes time to dial down a new, safe system.

Book Review: The Canadian Hiker’s & Backpacker’s Handbook By Ben Gadd

When it comes to hiking and backpacking, many books are written by and for Americans or Europeans.  While that doesn’t discount any of those books as a source of valubal information, being from Canada, it’s rather nice to have access to information that is tailored to our unique climate and landscape.  Enter The Canadian Hiker’s

Article: The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders – Part One

Article courtesy of Backpacker Magazine Written by: Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders 1. Wearing denim like Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street News flash: Denim is cotton, so wearing jeans (and jean jackets for that matter, Mr. Depp) is a poor choice

Gear Review: The North Face Double Headed Toad 44

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Tent Person – 4 Season – 3 Trail Weight – About 8 lb Floor – 54 square ft Vestibule – 31 square ft Additional Specs – The North Face Review: We purchased our Double Headed Toad 44 (now known simply as The Toad) from Camper’s Village in June of 2010.

Lake Luellen: Day Three – August 2010

Sunday morning was blessedly warmer than Saturday morning had been, and when we hauled ourselves out of our sleeping bags at 7:30 am there wasn’t any frost on the ground, in spite of the somewhat heavy rains that had gone on through the night.  We’d had the good sense to keep our boots inside the tent on

Lake Luellen: Day Two – August 2010

On Saturday morning around 6 am I reluctantly extracted myself from the warm cocoon of my mummy sleeping bag, in order to, um, answer the call of nature as it were.  The first indication that it was going to be a rough start to our second day was the fact that the ground was covered in half