Day 1: Arrival at Mew Lake

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 Weather: Overcast, -8 degrees Celsius on arrival at Mew Lake It worked out that Russ took Friday off and could get me to a spot to carpool to Algonquin, leaving him the car to get to my in-laws for dinner on Sunday. We met Stephane at the King City ONRoute at 10am,Continue reading “Day 1: Arrival at Mew Lake”

Trip Report: Winter Camping at Mew Lake – 2016 Edition

Early in December I received an e-mail from a friend looking to organize a women’s winter camping trip in January for Mew Lake or Frontenac Provincial Park. Lyn had the four-person Snowtrekker tent, the stove, and the sleds to hike in. We only needed to bring food and our own personal gear to round out theContinue reading “Trip Report: Winter Camping at Mew Lake – 2016 Edition”

Winter Mindfulness at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Ninja-like I was not: the waxless cross-country skis I rented from the park office hummed along as I gained steam down the hill. Combined with the mindless nattering of my inner dialogue, I couldn’t hear anything else.  When I reached the crest of the next hill I stopped and listened. A light breeze whispered through evergreens.Continue reading “Winter Mindfulness at Arrowhead Provincial Park”

Day 4: Packing It In

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015 Weather: Sunny, temperatures in the minus teens I slept even more soundly and warmly overnight Sunday night than Saturday. Vivid dreams stuck with me as I awoke early and started to organize the inside of my tent for packing up. I stuffed my clothes back in their sacks, pulled apartContinue reading “Day 4: Packing It In”

Day 3: Sunday Funday with Winter Activities

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015 Weather: Mixed precipitation (snow, sleet, rain) on and off throughout the day; around the freezing mark (SO warm!) I slept like a rock Saturday night. My feet were warm and toasty in my down booties. I barely moved an inch overnight. I dreamed. It’s amazing what a full night’s restContinue reading “Day 3: Sunday Funday with Winter Activities”

Day 2: Unconventional Means for Staying Warm

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015 Weather: Overcast, high of -11 degrees Celsius (hit the high around 4pm-ish) “Kate, are you okay?” I wrested my hand from my sleeping bag to look at my watch. 5:30am. Only an hour after the last time I looked at my watch which was maybe an hour after the last time…Continue reading “Day 2: Unconventional Means for Staying Warm”

Day 1: Arrival at Mew Lake

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 Weather: Sunny, -15 degrees Celsius at Mew Lake on arrival I packed up my car Thursday night to try to reduce the amount of separation anxiety I cause in my Wheaten Terrier. I didn’t want three trips down to the car on Friday morning. As it was, he came down to theContinue reading “Day 1: Arrival at Mew Lake”

Trip Report: Algonquin Park’s Mew Lake Campground

In the middle of November, my husband and I attended a wedding for two dear friends. Doesn’t every outdoor adventure story start like this? We knew our wedding photographer friends were shooting the event and laughed as guests watched in confusion as we hugged and kissed our friends after wishing the bride and groom heartyContinue reading “Trip Report: Algonquin Park’s Mew Lake Campground”