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Training Log Archive: hutspot

In the 7 days ending May 1, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  hiking4 9:05:00 12.12 19.5
  road biking1 2:03:16 28.77(4:17) 46.3(2:40)
  paddling1 1:45:00
  Total6 12:53:16 40.89 65.8

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Saturday May 1, 2010 #

hiking (backpacking) 2:30:00 [3] 6.0 km (25:00 / km)

Day # 3:

Last day heading out. I was up early at 5:45 while Lori enjoyed her sleep till 7:15. I had a very quiet coffee at the edge of the lake wondering what the weather was going to do and took the time to explore and take pictures of the sunrise.

Breakfast was pancakes with freeze dried strawberries and blueberries. Yummy! Although the blueberries would have benefitted from a longer soaking.

Packed up by ten and hiked about an hour before we heard the rumblings of thunder. It rained off and on for the rest of the hike but never too bad under the canopy of trees. We dropped our packs at one junction and hiked out to a breathtaking view of Starling lake and Lake of Two Rivers.

Another great hiking trip with my favourite siter-in-law Lori.

{if only we didn't have to register as Lori and Monique Butterfield, like we are a couple :) }

Friday Apr 30, 2010 #

hiking (backpacking) 3:00:00 [3] 7.5 km (24:00 / km)

Day # 2:

Breakfast of veggie omelets with cheese, coffee and Baileys.

We got up a little late and didn't start again till 11. First we had to cut the food bag rope and leave a couple of meters hanging in the tree due to the fiasco of the night before.

We traveled about and 1 11/2 hours and rested on the trail. Socks off, kitkat and cookies and realized that the lake we planned to have lunch on was the one we saw a ways back from quite a high spot. This was not a topo map with a scale of 1:50000 that we were used to. Not nearly as detailed.

Along the trail we took notice of a beaver pond when I stated to Lori that my eyesight is pretty bad lately and that I thought that dark thing near the back looked like a moose. Lori looked and said that dark thing just wiggled it's ears. It was a moose!. We stalked it for a while with our cameras till we had some pretty good shots.Up closer, he looked like he was losing his winter coat as he was neither brown nor grey, but mottled.

Our campsite this night was gorgeous! The perfect firepit, pretty shoreline, many places for a tent and a outcropping point for exploring.

Dinner was Bisquick pizza with peppers, onions, pepperoni and cheese. Lori gets all the credit for this dinner. Hot chocolate and talking with the loons after dinner, although I'm sure it was my attempts which convinced them to leave our lake altogether.

This night I awoke to a Barred owl's call off "Who cooks for you" right near our tent.

Oh ja, and we were much more successful in hanging the food bag so we had lots of time for conversation around the fire.

Thursday Apr 29, 2010 #

hiking (backpacking) 2:15:00 [3] 6.0 km (22:30 / km)

Backpacking the Highlands Backpacking trail in Algonquin park with Lori.

We started late in the day. About 4:30 pm. Nice sunny day, not too hot and although the blackflies had started in Muskoka, they had not yet come out in Algonquin. Yippee!

After a couple starts and stops for "mechanical failures" and adjustments we were finally on our way. My new Gregory backpack is a dream. Last time I used Larry's pack which is about 30 years old and too big for my frame so I carried all the weight on my shoulders. Torture! This time I carried it all on my hips as it should be.

We met a friendly bunny on the trail who had no real fear of humans and the first red trilliams had started to bloom.

We had a great campsite with a rockface backdrop and some big boulders that traveled out into the lake. The water was like glass. We ate some smokies and made some mistake with the freeze dried hashbrowns that s & p might have fixed somewhat if we had remembered to bring it.

Due to all the Balsam in the area we struggled well into dark to hang the foodbag in a tree. Lori thought the first tree , 5 meters from our tent, would have been fine but that would have kept me awake with worry for sure.

We practiced our loon calls and went to bed.



Wednesday Apr 28, 2010 #

road biking 2:03:16 [4] 46.3 km (2:40 / km)

Houseys Rapids loop. Super windy!!! 26km/h with gusts up to 44km/h that almost pushed me into traffic a couple of times.

Tuesday Apr 27, 2010 #

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A great bonus to my goal of 50 lakes and rivers this season is that I'm finding many people who want to join me for some great lakes and rivers that they've always wanted to paddle. Plus I'm getting suggestions of lakes that i've never heard of.

Monday Apr 26, 2010 #

paddling 1:45:00 [3]

I'm going to count rivers for my goal now as well seeing as they are great areas to explore.

#7 The Severn river from back in March

#8 The Moon river starting at Jasper park in Bala. Emily and Katie joined me today. The blackflies were pretty thick, but luckily not on the water.

Sunday Apr 25, 2010 #

hiking 1:20:00 [2]

Hardy lake with Sandi.

After a very busy week of buying and moving a horse, which turned out to be a rather stressful experience, I was seriously tempted to sleep in and be lazy today. But I'm glad I went for the hike. It was rejuvinating both physically and mentally. Plus it was great to spend some time again with Sandi.

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