Stories about the stuff we do.

  • 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 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,…

  • 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”…

  • Red Canoe on a small beach beside a lake
    Activities,  Places and Spaces

    The Ultimate Experience: A review of Algonquin Outfitters’ Ultimate Canoe Trip package

    Disclosure: This post was originally published on the Algonquin Outfitters website as a sponsored post. Algonquin Outfitters provided me with the Ultimate Canoe Trip package in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and experiences are my own. Every year as we schedule our summer and fall camping and travel plans, we always include either a completely new-to-us destination, or an activity we’ve never tried. One of our most memorable “new activities” was my first-ever, mother-daughter canoe trip. With the help of Algonquin Outfitters (AO), my 12 year-old adventure girl, Emma, and I set out in Algonquin Park to paddle across three lakes and camp two nights in the backcountry.…

  • Activities,  Events

    150 For 150 – An event for the history books

    150 for 150 is a wrap and now a part of history. Like, officially part of history. It’s really hard to find the right words to describe what happened at that event. To be perfectly honest, as I reflect on the entire weekend of celebrations, scroll through my social media feeds and take in all the photos, comments and stories, I feel very emotional. Overwhelmed. Grateful. Proud to be a part of this incredible community. Really, the biggest word that comes to mind is “Thanks”. (Which is then quickly followed by the word, “WOW”) Thanks to everyone who attended the event, bought stickers and shirts and generally supported us by sharing…