Archive for July, 2013

Consider the trees

Quetico 01_miniHiking along a portage route gives one an opportunity to get close to the forest. Beautifully brilliant birch. Desolate disintegrating deadwood. It’s all so engaging.

After a rain, you can smell the trees and the earth… embraced by this fragrance, it’s better than any perfume.


Take a hike

Quetico 20_mini A canoe trip can be made memorable by the portage. Long and arduous or short and muddy, these breaks between the lakes will make you think about the folly or the foresight of your trip. Quetico has some corduroy roads that keep you from slipping and sliding while carrying your canoe and pack. When you portage between the lakes, take some time to enjoy the nature around you.

A different kind of lasso

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There’s a personal flotation ring set up on the shores of French Lake in Quetico. During this week of a “Hell or High Water” Stampede, where cowboys are lasso’ing all kinds of critters, I thought this ring was an appropriate blog¬†subject this week.

If you’re stuck in the high¬†water, and someone throws the ring to you, grab onto it, and let them reel you in!

Celebrate Summer!

Quetico 08_miniIt’s summertime! Whether you are swinging in the playground or climbing your favorite tree, enjoy the outdoors.

It’s 30 degrees celsius in this mountain town, and all I can think about are the cool clear lakes of the Canadian Shield. I guess I will have to settle for the swinging and climbing!!