The Journey Began

We have been backcountry camping since our oldest, who is now 8, was 9 months old. Trev obviously had some experience before we started. There is nothing like being surrounded by wilderness and waking up to nothing but the sound of birds singing and waves lapping the shore. For us, camping is not about being minimalists and “surviving off the land”.

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Coming Home

  My plan today was to be pushing off by 9am. I had seen what the waters are like on North Tea Lake and knew that our journey would be lengthened by the fact that we were going against the current. The waters are typically calm in the morning and get wavy as the day... Continue Reading →


What a perfect day. We couldn't have asked for better. There was a thunderstorm last night, apparently. I heard the rain but somehow slept through the rest. By Trev's calculation, the closest lightning flash was 4 km away (or whatever 4 Mississippi's is). Our site this morning was wet, but nothing like it was on... Continue Reading →


This morning we said goodbye to the cousins. Everyone had a great sleep and woke up dry. I slept in 🙂 After breakfast, Trev and I did the dishes while the cousins packed up. By 10am they were pushing off. We had such an amazing time with them and will miss them. On the other... Continue Reading →

Odin: The Canoe Dog

If I must be honest, the addition of Odin has put our family canoe weight over the tipping point. I am used to flying through the water for our day trips and with Odin, it's like we are still carrying a full load, which I guess we are. Don't get me wrong: he is a... Continue Reading →


This. THIS is why we come every year. It didn't rain all night and, though damp, the cousins reported a good night's sleep. They requested pancakes for breakfast and after the day they had yesterday, we were more than happy to oblige. We also wanted to put in a day trip though, weather permitting, which... Continue Reading →


Well, today did not go according to plan.  Sometime through the night it started raining.  And it didn't really stop until .... 3pm? There was enough of a break for breakfast and then lunch, but overall it was a pretty wet day. Because of that we didn't end up going on our trek. It's still... Continue Reading →


This morning we slept in. Even Odin and Derk lasted until 7am. And then everyone was up, including the entire other tent. Odin called Stranger-Danger on Ken who was already outside. Oops! It's a good thing we have amazing coffee to wake us all up. Breakfast this morning, as all pancake breakfasts are, was a... Continue Reading →

Coffee – via the Espro Press P7

For Christmas this year, we received a french press for our camping trips. Coffee is one thing we struggle with when we go camping. Instant coffee is plain nasty, even the more expensive brands. We already purchased a simple Coleman coffee perk for on the campstove but it is finicky and has a tendency to... Continue Reading →

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