This particular trip we headed to a park that we had not been to before. We were looking for an easy paddle, that wasn’t too long and wasn’t too far. I know, not my usual M.O.
We decided on heading up to Frost Center in Haliburton ON. We only had two nights for this trip so we headed up there on Friday. Meeting up at the car pool on highway 9 and highway 400. We grabbed our friends, packed my truck more than it has ever been packed before, and we were off…. the long way. (Now it is sounding more like a ManCamping trip right?) Continue reading →
Have you ever received clues as to how your camping weekend was going to go before the trip even started? We have. This trip was doomed to be hilarious from the get go and we could see it coming. Well most of it.
Seems Legit…. I get this photo from Brad after he picked up our loaner boat lol
And of course… When your camping friend isn’t coming on the camping trip… You have to make fun of him. So this was also sent out before the trip started.
We drove up to the Temagami area on Friday night… and the trip was underway..
After camping out in the truck at the Matamagasi Lake access Friday night, we continue driving up a logging road to get to our launch spot on Saturday morning. Fallen trees, a few washed out roads to cross and following a map that was terrible… We finally found the portage that cross the road (Wolf lake to the South and Dewdney to the North.) We unloaded the canoes and all the gear and headed for the water.
This photo makes us look like we’re about to drop the most badass rap album of 2017!
We checked the crappy map and pushed off the first canoe. Brad and Johnny loaded their gear in the second canoe… A canoe given to us by my father in-law. It’s an older canoe, but has seen some mileage and had been on many trips before. I was excited to have this boat with us… it’s probably more experienced than all of us! But I’ll sum up what happened in one sentence: Boat goes in water, gear goes in boat, boat fills with water. Whoops… Maybe we should have tested this canoe first. There is not one… But four holes in the bottom of said boat.
Brad and Johnny…Not so impressed with the first 5 minutes of the trip lo
We pull out the gear and re-shore the boat. Gathering around the boat, we all stare at the boat like men looking at a car with the hood up. “What are our options boys?”
A Master Bushman is not someone who knows everything; But someone who can adapt, adjust and rework things to handle an situation thrown at him.
Clearly we have two options:
1. Drive to Sudbury and rent a boat (only about 4 hours worth of time and driving)
2. We’re ManCamping: We can fix the boat!
Option 2 it is. We get to work layering Tuck Tape and Gorilla tape as boat-length Band-Aids across this beast. We have now gone through the boat naming conventions and eventually came to calling this boat The SS HopeSheFloats.
After a long winter, our first canoe trip of the season finally came to light! A great weekend in Algonquin Park. As always, there were some ups and some downs on this trip, so we decided to tell the story in the form of a letter to Algonquin Provincial Park. Enjoy!
PSA: The water is damn cold – Wear Your PFD! Trips aren’t awesome when you die. Just sayin’.
Dear Algonquin Provincial Park,
I am writing this strongly worded letter to you, in order to inform you of my most recent visit to the park and the experience that I had from April 28th – April 30th 2017. There was some unpleasantness… But please allow me to set the stage for you with a little bit of the backstory here before I get into my list of things I’d like you to fix.
Did you really go paddling an inflatable party island in Algonquin Park? I get asked about this a lot lately. The answer is – You bet your ass we did. We are just getting the story to you now…
This past summer turned out to be a tough year for the ManCamping canoe. It suffered a catastrophic blow when a friend fell on it after a few drinks by the bonfire at the ManCamping compound. We weren’t even camping when it happened! It was pretty funny to see him go ass over tea kettle doing it, but the canoe suffered the consequences. To make a long story short, it was in for repair for two and a half months!!