As COVID-19 lockdowns continue I really hope to get caught up to now, so that when the restrictions are lifted and new adventures begin, this blog can stay current.
While we were at home, and restrictions were eased up, we went out for a walk in the forest with a friend who has a musket and we wanted to see how that works.
We took our lovely dog Hector and he was able to play with his girlfriend Winnie and wander through the woods looking for squirrels.
We only saw one squirrel in the woods, though Hector managed to find and bark at something up a tree. I had to go to retrieve Hector as he would not leave it alone. He also found a porcupine…luckily too far into a log to be an issue.
With out travelling friends Kim and Diane we had managed to build this organizer for the back of the truck. That way the tent, the pet accessories, carpets, tables and various other camping accessories can be in the truck and accessible without having to rummage through.
We visited a friend to get some maple syrup and pick up a canoe. He showed us the kunekune pig which is a grazing pig. Such a fun beastie to have around.
Winnie, Hector’s girlfriend, comes over to visit every once in a while and they play quite rough – moving furniture, carpeting etc.. They both sleep wonderfully the next few days.
I realize that it might be worthwhile renting canoes at parks rather than loading and unloading one each time you want to go out. We are all loaded up are ready to head out. Even this late in the season at Ontario Parks we have to make reservations to be able to get good spots.
Algonquin – Achray campground has no electrical sites so we had to find a site that had good sun for the fixed panel on the trailer roof. Linda had picked a site near the boat launch and I thought it would be good this time of year as few people would venture out in power boats.
Since we had the canoe, we thought it would be nice to see if Hector would be calm enough not to get us wet.
Hector seemed stressed but did well in the canoe. More hiking was to follow.
I had hoped to find a similar site to Tom Thomson’s paining. This was as close as I got.
It’s always good to try different techniques to get good photos…some work and others don’t. With digital photography so easy to edit, we tend to take the shotgun approach and hope for the best; however, as time goes on, Linda and I have found editing in the viewfinder before taking the shot a better plan…still…we have way too many photos.
These days we try for waterfront sites and the photo is our site looking up from the lake.
Our hiking included going to Barron Canyon and the fog was heavy.
It’s interesting to hike a canyon in fog…the trail is visible but there is no concept of height.
The canyon was interesting but we decided the hike nearby to High Falls was in order, given the fog.
The hike to the falls is a good length and there is lots of space for a picnic once there. When we hike this again on the next visit, we’ll definitely bring one.
Once we returned to the car and the weather had improved, we realized we were close enough to Barron Canyon to return. It’s a short hike to the top.
From the beautiful canyon to one of the drop in points for canoes was a short drive.
A good hiking day with some lovely sites.
I felt confortable enough to have all three of us in the canoe and Hector behaved well enough that we are considering getting a canoe.
As our trip comes to a close we had to hike some more.
At this time of year (Fall) there aren’t crowds and the weather is unpredictable making for a wonderful experience on the trails.
We could feel the end of the season.
It’s almost never fun to pack up. The canoe gave us lots to think about.
I wonder what he’s thinking…I wish I was camping?
As we prepare to winter, the indoor garden is starting to take shape.
It’s kind of nice to be home and see the friends we’ve missed.
I’ve always wanted to visit Algonquin in the fall. It looks so peaceful and serene. Glad to see that you had some decent weather to go canoeing and hiking. Your pictures of Barron Canyon are gorgeous!
I’m sure you will love Algonquin in the fall. The north entrances are quiet and less used so yes, much more serene than the hwy 60 corridor. Barron Canyon is lovely and we hope to canoe it later this fall, the photos don’t do it justice. Maybe we’ll see you up there. I’m enjoying your blog and the adventures of Ontario Parks journey. Thanks,
Thanks Doug. We did have Puck with us, but he is deaf and having issues with his sight so he stays in and around the trailer. I’m happy for your canoeing memories with your brother, it’s such a nice experience. We plan on being on the road in September and will contact you by email with our itinerary and maybe we can meet up.
Great blog and photos guys. It’s lovely to see you enjoying retirement to the fullest 😊👍
Thanks Nick, we are doing what we can and every time we get the In Memoriam newsletter we are grateful that we’ve been able to do this much and will continue as long as we can.
Looks like great fun. I guess you left Puck at home? With all of your camping trips, it is probably best that you invest in your own canoe. I spent many hours paddling with my brother John on Lake Simcoe & in various Kawartha lakes.Perhaps I can meet up with you in September?