• 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”…

  • Bright pink water bottle and matching bowl beside rocks, outside.
    Gear Reviews

    Buddy loves the Bübi Bottle & Bowl, and so do I

    *Sponsored post. Bübi Bottle provided me with free product to check for this post. All opinions are my own. I guess the title of the post is a bit of a spoiler. But you should definitely read the rest of the post to find out why my Jack Russell Terrier Buddy loves the Bübi water bottle. A little while ago, Bübi Bottle sent me an awesome 22 oz (650 ml) bottle and bowl attachment to try out on my adventures with Buddy. I was very excited to replace Buddy’s old, heavy, bulky stainless-steel water bottle. The Bübi  is light-weight silicone and rolls up to a tidy little package when it’s empty. The…

  • Places and Spaces

    Getting Outside, Locally: Four Ways To Find A Nature Fix Close To Your Urban Home

    We all know that getting outside in nature is a curing prescription for all kinds of ailments. The great thing about this prescription is that it is often free and easy to obtain. But if you don’t live in an area that is traditionally thought to be an outdoor adventure lovers’ playground, it’s easy to get trapped into thinking you have to drive at least a few hours to find the right spot, making it easy to put off taking a good healthy dose of “outside”.  It’s also easy to think that provincial and national parks are the only way to experience the outdoors. As awesome as our recognized, government-run…

  • Safety

    Getting Ready

    I keep a “ditch bag” in my daypack every time I go on a trip, even if that trip is a simple day hike. You can never be too prepared for a potential accident! The ditch bag gets packed alongside a small first aid kit with the essentials for trailside first aid. We keep a much more comprehensive first aid kit at our basecamp. Here’s what you will always find in my ditch kit: A waterproof firestarter kit (wooden matches, lighter, tealight candles, fire starter stick, pocket bellows) there is a sticker on the inside of the lid with my name and contact info. A yellow emergency rain poncho An…

  • An all terrain wheelchair at Conservation Halton
    Places and Spaces

    Conservation Halton helps everyone get outside

    Did you know that there are trails at a couple of Conservation Halton parks that are designed to help people in wheelchairs enjoy getting outside and into nature? And did you also know that there are all-terrain wheelchairs available to help people get on those trails? I know! I think it’s pretty awesome, too. The last time we were at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Alex and I enjoyed walking one of the wide, groomed paths as part of our hike. We followed it from a gorgeous lookout that provides a great view over the Nassagaweya Canyon. I was so excited that this part of the Escarpment trail made it possible for anyone –…

  • Places and Spaces

    Winter Hiking at Conservation Halton’s Hilton Falls

      We’ve been experiencing some pretty wacky weather this winter. But that hasn’t stopped us from getting outside to enjoy some winter hiking. The beauty of Conservation Halton Hilton Falls Conservation Area didn’t disappoint us at all one gorgeous January afternoon. There was a nice dusting of snow all along the trails – perfect for hiking or fat biking. Although, the variable weather might mean cross-country skiers and snowshoers could be disappointed in the state of the trails. If you’re planning on going skiing here any time soon, I recommend you call ahead for a report on snow conditions. We decided to head along the Red Oak Trail and then…