Hike #27 – Mill Run Trail

Finally! I put down the paddle and put on my hiking shoes again. Hike #27, completed, puts me over the halfway-done mark for the challenge.

May 30, 2016
Cambridge, Ontario

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/mill-run-trail

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Trip Log: Kayaking Lake Ontario

7:25am, Wednesday, May 25th
Breslau to Burlington, Ontario

We started out from Breslau and hit the highway by 7:30. Traffic wasn’t too bad and we stayed in the right lane. I usually do when I have my boat tied on the car.

The sky was clouded over and I was concerned it might rain during our paddle, but it cleared up nicely later on.

We parked in the Beachway Park lots that run along Lakeshore Road and the Waterfront Trail. Conveniently located so that we were able to easily carry both our kayaks from the cars down to the beach.

Out on the water it was calm and very hazy… at some points you couldn’t see where the horizon was, the sky and the lake just merged into one mass.

We paddled out to an odd structure to retrieve a geocache, which unfortunately was tightly sealed from the weather. I took photos and posted my log, and we paddled directly from the structure over to the beach for lunch. It was nice to stretch the legs!

 

Homemade Trail Mix

Experimenting with #homemade #trailmix…mmm

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Just something I thought I should make for myself!
A friend and I are heading out tomorrow to kayak in Burlington Bay. We’re starting early so a good breakfast at home to start, this trail mix, and lunch after should suffice.

My trial trail recipe!

In a Ziploc bag, 1/3 cup each:
Pumpkin seeds, roasted and unsalted
Cashews, unsalted
Dried cranberries
Banana chips, sweetened (I wish they weren’t, but next time…)
Pepperoni bites, honey garlic flavour
Hemp seeds
Almonds
Carob chips
Corn nuts, roasted and unsalted
Dried coconut
Waffle pretzels

Summer 2016 Bucket List

It’s finally spring (maybe? Today we experienced flurries, hail, and rain!) so the plans for this summer are happening!

It may be only Monday, but we're already dreaming of the weekend #adventures to come!

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Technically, BF and I have gone camping in the wilderness: No running water, no electricity, no cook stove, no bathrooms. But we haven’t spent more than 12 hours in the woods without going into town for a proper meal or washroom, or to charge our phones. That fact bothers me every time we head up to the same family-owned camping property. Don’t get me wrong, I love it there! Fresh air, cool breeze, and very private land, but…It’s been on my heart to go camping more frequently and to try new places, I just haven’t started looking for anywhere to go.

Until now.

A good friend of mine said they had booked a backcountry camp site this summer, and suggested we join in… so we did!

I plan to share photos (of course!) and the experience of the trip on this blog of mine, originally started as my 52 Hike Challenge tracker.

So, on the list for this summer:

-taking BF’s nephew for his first camping trip
-Flowerpot Island backcountry camping
-Gananoque and Thousand Islands
-Kayaking, kayaking, kayaking!
-Canoe trip into Algonquin Park to a backcountry camp site
-Presqu’ile Provincial Park afterΒ the Trenton Air Show

And more adventures I haven’t even thought of yet… I’m so excited for this summer!

Trip Log: Kayaking Laurel Creek

May 19, 2016

This Creek is right in my backyard, so to speak. It was time I got to exploring it by boat!

I packed up the GPS, GoPro, and snacks, and got the kayak on my car. Off I went.

The first thing I quickly learned about Laurel Creek was there are stumps in the water – lots of them. I got my boat caught on more than one during the paddling adventure. They looked like ancient volcano crators!