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A Daddy/Daughter Mini-Tour: Byng Conservation Area

Posted by on September 19th, 2009 3 Comments

Byng2 e1276042151264 150x150 A Daddy/Daughter Mini Tour: Byng Conservation Area We took delivery of our new Surly Big Dummy cargo bike in July, and I was itching to do some loaded touring with it this summer. This proved a little difficult to do, seeing as due to pregnancy-related pain, Heidi was unable to comfortably ride her bike. What’s the solution? Take Eden out on a daddy/daughter overnight trip, allowing Heidi to relax while we were away! Well, as long as the baby didn’t come while we were gone (the due date was less than two months away).

Heidi and I have always toured together. In fact, it had been more than five years since I was out on my bike for a significant distance on my own, so I was a little apprehensive about going out on this ‘solo’ ride, especially since this was also Eden’s first long ride on the Big Dummy, and she hadn’t ridden with us much since our Sudbury trip the year before. This would be my first S24O-type trip (PDF Link), even though it would end up being more than 24 hours long. I chose to avoid free-camping for this trip, thinking having a set destination would take some of the stress out of the ride, and instead chose to ride to Byng Conservation Area, a campground on Lake Erie, about an 80km ride from our house.
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Food and Fishing

Posted by on July 18th, 2009 0 Comments

This is the last in a series of 5 posts about our family vacation to the wilderness of Algonquin from July 4-11, 2009.


One of my favourite things about camping is eating ‘camping food’ – getting those special treats and items for your time away from home.  I remember as kid, my favourite camping treat was sugary cereal in those tiny boxes.  We only got them when we were camping.  Wilderness camping is a little different as you are lifting and carrying your food through each portage so you have to think a bit about the weight of your weekly food supply.  There’s also no cooler with ice in it so you can’t take very many perishables.  The other thing about wilderness camping is that you have to hang your food high in a tree so as not to attract bears and you don’t leave any food out of that food pack!

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New Friends & the Wildlife We Saw

Posted by on July 17th, 2009 0 Comments

This is the fourth in a series of 5 posts about our family vacation to the wilderness of Algonquin from July 4-11, 2009.


DSC 4899 150x150 New Friends & the Wildlife We Saw In Algonquin, I was surprised by how peaceful and quiet it was.  We rarely heard or saw anyone else around.  We met a few youth camping groups and a Tim Horton’s camp at portages but, for the most part, were completely alone. We had set up camp on Misty Lake and it was a very windy day.  We were playing by the entrance to our campsite when we saw quite a sight – a canoe with 2 large umbrellas swiftly cruising down the lake.

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In the Wilderness, pregnant and with a 2 year old

Posted by on July 16th, 2009 0 Comments

This is the third in a series of 5 posts about our family vacation to the wilderness of Algonquin from July 4-11, 2009.


Before we left on our trip, many people expressed disbelief that we would do such a thing with a two year old and being 25 weeks pregnant.  We had no concerns about Eden.  She had done so well adjusting to our bike camping trip that we knew she would do just fine in a canoe.  We had some concerns about being pregnant, particularly since I can’t carry much weight.

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Traveling and Resting

Posted by on July 15th, 2009 0 Comments

This is the second in a series of 5 posts about our family vacation to the wilderness of Algonquin from July 4-11, 2009.


During our trip we had 6 travel days and two full rest days.

Travel Days:

On our travel days, we would usually try to have a quicker breakfast, pack up camp and be on the water by 9:30am.  Sometimes we didn’t make it on the water until 10:30 or so like the day we decided to try to make pancakes over the fire!

DSC 4669 150x150 Traveling and RestingThe first day of travel, Eden walked all three portages – what a trooper!  But as her sleep schedule shifted to less sleep at night and two naps during the day, she would usually be tired by the time we arrived at our first portage.  Good thing we brought along the Ellaroo carrier.  I would carry her on my back with a small pack on my front and I used the paddles as trekking poles.  Eden would fall asleep within minutes and then I’d keep her on my back until Reuben was done portaging – it became her regular morning nap.

Reuben has carried a lot of weight on his back before but he had never carried a canoe. For the portages, he had thought it would be possible for him to carry the food pack (about 30-40 lbs) and the canoe (about 50 lbs) in one go.  He realized the second day that that was not possible and he made THREE trips for every portage – gear, food and canoe.  That’s a lot of walking and a lot of weight to carry.  By the end, when the food pack was considerably lighter, he was able to make it in two trips!

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