• Safety

    It’s time for “The Talk” – The PFD talk.

    The outdoors community has been positively quaking with excitement to get outside and get on the water. The liquid kind, not the frozen kind.  My Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of posts and pictures by people just itching to shake off what seemed like the longest winter ever and dip their paddle in lakes and rivers.  I’ve seen my tweeps launch their canoes all over the province, giddy with excitement. Giddy I tell you! I’ve been living vicariously through those posts.  And happily, most of the pictures I’ve seen have included people and their canine co-pilots wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFD). Unfortunately, not everyone wears a PFD when they get…

  • 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…

  • Activities

    From virtual to reality – How a community came together at Wolf Lake

    As far as trips go, our weekend at Wolf Lake was one of those trips that I will never forget and will never be replicated. It was a weekend of many firsts for the Sometimes Eventful family. And it was a weekend where I saw first-hand how an online group translates into a wonderful real-life community. When casual comments about a group trip first started back in the summer, I tossed our names into the conversation and said my family would be “in”. To be honest, I didn’t think at that time that it would really happen. But when I received a message making the trip invitation official, I jumped…

  • Places and Spaces

    A Moody Shoreline And A Moment To Reflect

    I have wanted to visit the Temagami region for over 20 years. I first learned about the area when it became a hot topic in the mainstream media, with reports of the old-growth pines being in danger from logging and mining. I wasn’t a big camper back then, and I thought that Temagami was very, very far away. But I did think to myself that one day I would like to see those 300 year-old trees. Over the years, Temagami and its trees moved to a back corner in my brain. Not forgotten, really. But not thought about, either. Then, with the advent of social media and my jump into…