Creator, admin, host, writer and voice of Sometimes Eventful and the #WeGetOutside Community. Outdoors enthusiast. Traveller. Passionate. Opinionated. Sometimes Eventful was born out of wanting to help people get outside and have some fun, while breaking down the idea that you need to be an epic adventurer to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle.

  • A Bit More About Us,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    Buddy the Adventure Dog

    Buddy joined the Sometimes Eventful family in 2016, bringing so much light and laughter to our little family. He’s astonished more than a few people with his ear-splitting barks and his intense dedication to protecting his family, his property and anything within site around us. Believe me, we are fully aware that this big-dog-in-a-little-dog’s body has some challenges. But here’s the thing: when you rescue a dog, you are also rescuing its problems. When we brought Buddy home from a Muskoka rescue organization, we pledged to love and protect this dog and dedicated ourselves to providing him with a safe home. We believe that when you rescue an animal you make…

  • Opinions,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    An outdoor kid and a badass in ballet shoes

    This is Emma. She’s fully embraces her tough and artistic sides and is becoming a woman who has purpose, drive and an independent spirit that will serve her well as she makes her way through the world. She’s a badass in ballet shoes. Emma is almost 15 years old and has been an outdoor girl since she was a toddler. She has hiked, paddled and camped in many of Ontario’s provincial and National parks and experienced outdoor adventures in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Curacao. She is also a dancer who spends most of her after-school time in a dance studio working hard to learn and perfect her art, or…

  • A long dirt road with a river and hills beside it, with a red jeep carrying a canoe.
    Activities,  Safety

    We Flipped A Canoe (And I didn’t like it)

    This story was originally posted on Mancamping.ca in 2019 for his “Week of Mancamping Women” series. Go check it out – there are a bunch of great stories over there, and a very cool online store. Mother nature has a way of reminding you who’s boss. When it happens, she makes sure that she scares the crap out of you, teaches you some hard lessons and is sure that you stay humble in her territory. Flipping a canoe was my reminder. In September of 2018, I felt the brunt of that lesson on my last camping trip of the season – an “easy” paddle-in to a site on Algonquin’s Rock Lake,…

  • Food,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    How To Dehydrate Apple Slices

    We’ve dehydrated food for camping trips for years, but for some strange reason, we never dehydrated apples.  I know. It’s weird. Apples are one of the easiest things to dehydrate and a staple in many camper’s food barrels and backpacks.  I changed that recently when I sliced up a few apples that nobody seemed interested in eating and threw them in the dehydrater.  They turned out awesome. In fact, they disappeared in a matter of days and are now a snacking staple in our house. I’m going to have to hide some the next time I make a batch so we can actually take them on a trip. Dehydrating apples isn’t…

  • Activities,  Opinions

    The other side of the story

    Let’s be real for a moment.  As much as we like to get outside and do stuff, there are times Emma just doesn’t want to.  So what is an outdoor parent to do? In our text-book, listen-to-the-experts parenting moments, we make our ideas to hit the trail, paddle the canoe or search for geocaches sound like irresistible adventures filled with scavenger hunts and the wonders of the world around us. In our luke-warm parenting moments, we bribe her to go just a little bit longer on a trail. Heck. We’ve bribed her just to get to the trail-head. In our less-than-stellar parenting moments, we just yell at her and “make”…

  • Food

    What’s for breakfast? Fast, easy, “impossible” mini breakfast quiche for camping

    The last time we went winter camping, Emma and I “might” have *commented* to Alex – the camp chef – that it would be nice to not eat the same breakfast 5 days in a row. I know. We’re spoiled…. especially considering we weren’t the ones doing the cooking. So here’s the thing: In our tent, if you complain, you are the one making the change for next time.  So, I was  in charge of cooking two out of four breakfasts on our next trip. This caused me some stress, because the members of my crew aren’t big fans of some of the things I like. One doesn’t like pancakes. The…