• Places and Spaces

    Fall Into Nature at Kelso Conservation Area

    It’s Fall Into Nature time at Conservation Halton’s parks! We decided to check out Halton Park’s Kelso Conservation area last weekend, and take advantage of the annual Fall Into Nature event to do something that only happens two weekends a year outside of ski season…. We rode the chairlift to the top of the hill! Now, when I say “we” I just mean Emma and I. Someone had to walk the hill with little Buddy, and that someone turned out to be Alex. I haven’t been to Kelso in years. So many years, in fact, that my last visit was before Emma was born, and Alex couldn’t remember if he…

  • Activities

    A little Hike, A Few Geocaches and Some History

    Our paddles and camping gear have been cleaned and officially put away until next year. So now, our outdoor adventures focus more on local trails. We’re really fortunate to live close to lots of beautiful trails, steeped in local history. We of often head to one of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club–maintained trails to enjoy an hour or two outside, close to home. We’re also fortunate that these trails have a lot of geocaches hidden along the path! This weekend, we returned to a section of the Radial Line Trail. We’ve hiked here once before, but decided to return to find some new geocaches that had been placed along the trail…

  • Places and Spaces

    Not quite a deserted island: Camping on Georgian Bay’s Flowerpot Island

    There are a quite a few experiences that have made their way onto the Sometimes Eventful “Bucket List”.   Camping on Flowerpot Island in Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada is one of them, and we happily checked it off this summer, when we spent two nights on the island at the end of June.  It was truly a unique thing to do, giving us great family time in the outdoors, as well as a wide-eyed view of this very popular tourist destination in Ontario’s Georgian Bay. You go for the views. This is one of the infamous Flowerpots. There are two of these rock pillars on the island…

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    Hiking The Bruce: A weekend trip into Bruce Peninsula National Park’s Backcountry

    What do you do when your kid has a sleepover at a friend’s house? You seize the moment, grab your gear and check a goal off of your bucket list! Disclaimer: Yes. The child was left behind for this adventure. She had NO interest in this escapade. None. Nada. Zip.  Sure, we are an outdoor family who loves to do stuff together. But sometimes an outdoors Mom and Dad need to just get there without the kid – especially when the activity is something that kid really doesn’t want to do.  Alex, Hope the Wonder Dog and I recently took advantage of Emma’s busy social schedule and backpacked a challenging 3.4 km…

  • Activities

    Girl Greatness Goes Geocaching

    It was Earth Day last week, which was the perfect reason to help Emma’s Brownie Unit get outside to learn a bit about geocaching and do some Spring trail cleaning. (Ok. I don’t really need an actual reason to do anything related to geocaching or getting out on a trail. But hey – Earth Day? Spending time outside with Em and a bunch of  her 7 – 8 year-old friends? If I actually needed a reason – those are really good ones.) Getting ready for the Brownie Geo-adventure took a bit of pre-planning.  A couple of weeks before our geo-date the Brownies handmade “hat crafts” to place in the geocaches.…

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    Walking on water – the advantage of winter geocaching

    Winter geocaching is cool. Literally.  To really enjoy it you need to bundle up in multiple layers and be prepared to face snow, ice, wind  and  – if you’re lucky – the harsh glare of the sun reflecting off the snow as you hike along searching for treasure. It’s also cool in the “Whoa – awesome experience” kind of way.  Because winter geocaching is one of the only ways you get the opportunity to walk on water. Heading across the frozen lake.  But first, we had to check out the skating rink.  One frosty day in January, we checked out Puslinch Lake to solve an earth cache and nab a…