First time in Temagami! (Temagami – Willow – Trout Streams – Lady Evelyn River – Diamond 5 day trip)

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August 31-September 4 I got the awesome experience of canoetripping in Temagami. They say it’s the roughest portaging in Ontario (or Canada?), and they’re right. I was worried my back rehab wouldn’t have gone as well as it could have, but I was wrong. I’m not sore, and I feel like I could conquer any task. Temagami was definitely the most intense canoe trip I’ve ever been on, and I’d love to go back for years. I’ve included my edited version of the Temagami Jeff’s Map in case you’re interested in our route.

We rented 55 lb canoes from Smoothwater Outfitters and a 60 L plastic canoe barrel from MEC. The canoes were a good weight, but a little fragile. We managed to get a crack at Sharp Rock portage from someone being too rough putting the food barrel in.

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Temagami Route

Route:

  1. Access point 12 (check with the outfitters nearby to see where you should park your car, we had to park an extra 300 m away)
    1. Canoe through Lake Temagami to Napoleon. Portage seems rough at first, but it’s just the first part of the hill
    2. Go through to Sharp Rock Inlet
  2. Paddle north through Diamond lake to Willow Lake and up to Sucker Gut
  3. Sucker Gut to Trout Streams to as far as you can get on Lady Evelyn Smoothwater River without dying
    1. Make sure you have your portaging technique down (boats first so you can load ASAP) and have ropes ready for some walk-throughs
  4. “Two-miler” portage is rough, to Diamond Lake, to Sharp Rock Inlet
  5. Canoe home!

 

Thursday we only had about 3 hours of work which was nice. We arrived at Smoothwater at 10, loaded up, and were on water by 12. Napoleon’s portage seemed hard at first, but it wasn’t actually. Thursday was very cold. We put all 5 people + 1 dog in the 4 person tent, instead of Nic and I using our own 2 person. Good decision.

 

Friday morning was very cold, just like the night. We paddled about 25 km on Friday and had beautiful weather. We were nervous for our first falls, but turns out Lady Evelyn Falls are a tiny step, and the actual portage was unnecessary. Just carry it over the rocks!

 

We had a beautiful campsite on Sucker Gut Lake, and I actually went swimming (although I’m screaming in that picture)! S’mores, sunsets, and Bailey’s pair well. We were on the water from 9 to 4 including lunch and portages. It’s crazy to see the distance on the map!

 

Saturday the fog was insane, we weren’t even sure it would be gone in time to paddle out! Trout streams was rough. Jeff’s Map (dirty liar) did not mention the rapids/rocks that we had to walk the canoes through (no visible portage, and we got pretty wet- bring sturdy sandals if you’re pulling your canoe through with ropes!). Frank’s Falls and Helen falls were beautiful! Center Falls were the coolest portage, but very tricky with all the cliff faces. Definitely a great campsite if you don’t mind the noise from the falls. With all the portages in quick succession, we finally made it to the turn south onto Lady Evelyn Smoothwater River at 2 for our lunch.

 

By 5 we decided we were done with all the portaging, so we camped at Bridal Veil Falls. Watch out for the end of the portage, you have to get your canoes down a sheer rock face without breaking them or yourself. We used 4 people to zig-zag them down the fissures. The water was super cold, but a well-needed relief.

Sunday started off beautiful. We anticipated some short portages (again in quick succession) and some drag-throughs, but they ended up being relatively fast. The water was even high enough that we skipped the last rapids and portage before the Two-miler portage.

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The shit-bog

The “two-miler” portage (2.2km) actually ends in another km of a bog. That was rough. I’ll talk more about that in the “Lessons Learned from Temagami” post, or follow along on my Instagram! That took us a full 2 hours with getting stuck in the bog.

Ally and I were a little hysterical by the end, not gonna lie. It was a good break to be able to paddle for longer than 10 minutes on Diamond! We made it back to Deer Island to stay on the site we had eyed-up on Thursday.

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Temagami did not destroy us!

Monday at 4am we got rain. Until about 10am. I couldn’t sleep just thinking about how rough the access road would be. We had a good, fast paddle through the wind, paused for a picture on Lake Temagami, and made it to the outfitters by 11:30.

This was the best canoe trip I’ve ever been on, hands-down. I loved it. I can’t wait to explore Temagami more!

Winnipeg in Spring

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On Wednesday night, Mom, Dad, and I flew into Winnipeg for some time with family and my cousin’s wedding! On Thursday we explored the Forks with my Oma, and had dinner with my Grandma and some other relatives.

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Assiniboine Zoo Conservatory

On Friday we went out to my aunt’s farm to visit with my mom’s family. It was a beautiful day full of sunshine, sprinting after the dog, and lots of babies!

On Saturday, Nic and I took a walk from the Manitoba Legislature down to the Forks. We picked up doughnuts from Oh Doughnuts and Fools and Horses on Broadway. In the afternoon we had lunch with my parents and Grandma, then picked up ice cream. My cousin’s wedding was in the evening.

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Wedding #1 of May!
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Congratulations Trent and Raela!

Canoe Tripping in Killarney Provincial Park

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Relaxing Thursday night on Carlyle Lake

August 18-21 Nic and I went on a canoe trip with some of our friends from undergrad in Killarney Provincial Park. We had a really great time, and it was a fun bonding experience before we move to Ottawa for me to do grad school. We had some beautifully hot days and also some very rainy points.

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The route we took:

  • Thursday night camped out on Carlyle Lake
  • Canoed and portaged from Carlyle lake through Kakakise Lake, and into Norway where we had our lunch. Then canoed through Killarney, and Freeland into George lake where we stayed.
  • Saturday we skipped a long portage by jumping a couple beaver dams in Kakakise Creek to stay on Kakakise Lake
  • Sunday morning we portaged and canoed through back to Carlyle Lake

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The morning sun on Carlyle
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Norway Lake

Friday we had a few portages in a row, all over 1 km. We manged to do every one in only one trip- everyone took a pack and traded off soloing the canoe on top of that. I was very proud of how hardcore everyone was 🙂

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Heading to lunch on Norway Lake

I was so pleased with how beautiful Killarney was-so gorgeous with those cliffs and rocks.

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Navigating a beaver dam on Kakakise Creek

We skipped a long portage by canoeing through the creek. The water was just barely high enough because of two beaver dams. Luckily James knew what he was doing, so we all jumped them without issue.

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The Crack hike off of Kakakise Lake
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Cooking dinner with Chrissy on Kakakise Lake
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Finished!

I can’t wait for next year’s trip!

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July Favourites

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July was probably my favourite month of 2016 because I had such an awesome time. We got to go camping, to the cottage, back to Ottawa, we found our apartment in Ottawa, and I discovered some fun new things.

I started using my journal way more frequently, as a quasi-bullet journal. Technically those are also your agenda, but I want to keep my beautiful new Moleskine (yes, back in a Moleskine, my Ban.Do was wayyy too huge to take in my bag for grad school) as an agenda. In a few weeks I’ll probably post specifics about my bullet journaling, but for now, I use my journal as a habit tracker (that colourful page shown there with the graph-certain tasks I want to be encouraged to do), my editorial calendar for blogging and Instagram, monthly goals, money tracker, my daily gratitude notes (which is technically just a regular journal entry), and fun things like Passion Themed Life’s doodle challenge. I coordinate between my journal and agenda with a new colour for each day to track completed tasks.

Sally Hansen “No Hard Feelings” is my newest favourite nail polish colour. I found it at Dollarama, so obviously got it for super cheap. Yes.

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Obviously one of my July favourites has to be the time Nic and I spent at the cottage. I hadn’t been since the September long weekend, so that was pretty hard on me. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until August when we’re going back again!

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I love Stiegl radlers- they’re so refreshing in the summer.

There’s a super cool documentary on Netflix-“Fittest on Earth,” which is about the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games. Nic and I loved watching the movie, and then got obsessed with watching all the lead-up to the 2016 games, and then streamed the games last weekend on YouTube. I’ve never been interested in doing a crossfit workout, but the Games are insane. Those athletes are so talented! Check out their youtube channel and cheer along the athletes!

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Obviously I’m obsessed with my thrifted Tevas. Or, rather, someone lost them at camp 4 years ago and never claimed them, so I took them. I do have to reapply glue between the layers to keep them functional, but I feel so old-school hippie with them on.

Nic and I leased our apartment in Ottawa! I’m pretty stoked! It’s a two bedroom, so we’ll have space to host people, have an office, and a fitness room. Can’t wait to share our new place with you!

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Follow the beaver!

We also had a great weekend camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park with my family.

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Cottage Days with Nic

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After camping on the weekend with my family, Nic and I drove the car through Ottawa to get groceries and have dinner with his parents, then north to my parents’ cottage. We had a great couple days there. I was so happy to be back at the cottage. This week has really done wonders for my mental health.

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Monday morning we woke to a thunderstorm, so we read while watching the rain.

We climbed the closest largest mountain, which has a lookout tower. The view was gorgeous! We also enjoyed time on the dock.

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Camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Last weekend we got to go camping with my brother, sister-in-law, and my parents. It was an awesome weekend. We drove a few hours to Silent Lake Provincial Park (about an equidistant for both parties). We had beautiful weather, and I really benefited from the outdoor time. We had a blast hiking, kayaking, and having a fire.

It was great spending so much time with our family. Can’t wait to go for more camping soon!

Wedding Wednesdays: What You Should and Shouldn’t Register For

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For 9 months leading up to my wedding, I worked full-time as the main customer service person at the nearest Bed Bath & Beyond to me. No, it wasn’t a great job, related to my field, or particularly fulfilling, but I did learn a lot about how to set up your home.

People will tell you tons of things about what you need, pressure you into certain brands or gifts you’ll never use, and make you get ridiculously priced items. Depending what you ask for, you won’t get much of it. Registries are a pretty conventional wedding thing, so some people are trying to step away from it. However, it’s really helpful for guests to know where to go for things you will actually use-it saves headaches, and is less up-front than “please give us cash.”

Here is a standard checklist from TheKnot.com, which as some great references, but there are some pitfalls.

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1) Items you already have

If you’ve been living on your own or together for a while, you probably already have lots of these things. You have two routes: request replacements/upgrades of your current stuff, or stick with what you have and save gift requests for things you wouldn’t/couldn’t buy on your own.

For instance, my brother and sister-in-law had a terrible toaster that burned the toast all the time since it was like 20 years old. They registered for a new one. However, their microwave was fine. Why bother asking for another one?

2) Things you don’t want

Sometimes your parents, in-laws, or someone else will try to pressure you into requesting gifts that you don’t foresee yourself using. Stay strong. If it’s a gift they really want to give you, compromise is fine. If it’s something they think you need, but wont’ get you, why do they want you to get it? It’s just a waste of someone else’s money.

Nic and I did our registry at my store, and the whole time my managers were pressuring me into registering for china. They figured I would regret not asking for it, and that the IKEA set we wanted would not cut it. To get them off our back, we put it on the registry. Later that night I logged in and deleted it all. I have half of the Royal Dalton Old Country Rose set, and Nic doesn’t like it. Why would I bother getting more or another set? My plan for the long run is to mix in nicer pieces with the IKEA ones, which fits our current lifestyle.

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3) Things you don’t need

I will admit that a KitchenAid standmixer was the first thing on my list, and I was super pumped when I found out that my Dad’s family bought ours for us! No, they’re not necessary. Have I loved it completely? Yup. But you don’t need one.

If you’ve never  made juice in a Magic Bullet, you don’t need a juicer. Neither of you bake? You don’t need very much baking stuff.

As greedy as it sounds, the registry should be things that you really want. Don’t fill up a registry of things people are buying for you with things you don’t actually want. Some guests might remember what they got you, and when they visit, will be happy to see you’re using the item on a regular basis.

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4) Consider different routes

Nic and I needed towels, sheets, some cooking stuff, so we registered at Bed Bath & Beyond. However, we also registered on ehoneymoonregistry.com and MyRegistry.com.

Honeymoon registries are super cool: if you’re planning a honeymoon, you can get some of your activities paid for! Our camping in Cape Breton was covered, we got money for dinners and ice cream breaks, and whale watching. Writing those thank you cards were so much fun, because we had such a great time doing it all. Honeymoon registries are even more helpful for couples who already have all their home stuff, and don’t want to just get cash.

We used MyRegistry because we wanted a universal registry where we could put our camping supplies from MEC, various items from IKEA, and our Nikon DSLR fund. If you don’t have a specific store you want many things from, this is super helpful, and makes sure gifts aren’t doubled. Are you super into rock-climbing and want some more gear for the two of you? That’s your time, and guests love to give gifts they know you’ll really enjoy. Like to go to art galleries? Request year memberships to places on your universal registry. The sky is the limit.

5) Gift budgets

If you only have gifts above $100, you’d better hope all your guests are rich. For the rest of us normal people, you need to have a variety of budgets so that no one is uncomfortable.

Once I knew some ladies from my church were throwing me a bridal shower, I added some cheaper baking supplies that were $5-20 so people could choose whatever they were comfortable spending. For most of my friends, we all spent an average of $50 per person, so we had a bunch of gifts that were around that range. Relatives who could spend more chose the pricier items (standmixer, towel sets, sheet sets).

Don’t be like many of my friends who requested super expensive dishes, got maybe 2 dinner plates, one soup bowl, and no cutlery. If you request only expensive things, your guests won’t be able to buy them for you unless they all go in together. And you’ll be stuck eating on your old dishes. Giving wedding gifts should be a fun process for the guests-it’s always exciting (for me at least) to look at what they’re asking for, and see if I can top up the gift with something special (gift receipt included, of course).

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Resources:

It comes down to being considerate of your guests’ budgets, what will help you and your partner set up your home together, and what the two of you find important in your lives. Make sure to write in a spreadsheet what gifts you got from whom so you can write a thank you card or email-one of the wedding traditions that I hold firm to!