About & Summary

One cold, winter evening I was scanning slides of canoe trips from the distant past, which led me to digging out the old journals/trip logs from those same trips. How could I combine the photos and journals? Scrapbook? No, not my thing. The idea for this weblog was born at that moment.

This site started as a means to combine past photo and trip logs/journals into a single form, and evolved to collect on-going photos and stories from trips since then. The site is not intended for a wide audience, it is mainly for my personal use. But if others incidentally find enjoyment or inspiration from it, that’s great!

This is primarily the space where I reflect on my passion to explore the outdoor world by self-propelled means. I may also digress to an occasional philosophical reflection or rant related to outdoor journeying.

Each blog entry represents a day on a trip. Click the hyperlink below or enter the date of a trip listed into the search bar (upper right corner of screen) to read through a trip chronologically. Be sure to use quotation marks around your search item, for example:

Enter in Search Box: “July 22, 1995”.

OVERNIGHT TRIPS

Missi Island/Amisk Lake Canoe Trip –> July 22 – 26, 1995

Day 1 of 5:  

Kingsmere Lake/Bagwa Canoe Trip –> July 29 – 31, 1996

Day 1 of 3: 

Porcupine Hills Bicycle Touring Trip –> August 13 – 17, 1996

Day 1 of 5: 

Churchill River/Nistowiak Falls Canoe Trip –> August 1 – 5, 1997

All days: 

Buffalo Pound Bicycle Touring Trip –> April 27 – 29, 2000

Day 1 of 3: 

Regina Beach Bicycle Touring Trip –> May 1 – May 3, 2001

Day 1 of 3: 

Prince Edward Island Bicycle Touring Trip –> September 11 – 15, 2006

Day 1 of 5: 

South Saskatchewan River Canoe Trip –> July 24 – 29, 2009

Day 1 of 5: 

Bow River Canoe Trip –> May 30 – 31, 2015

Day 1 of 2: May 30, 2015 Bow River Canoe Trip

Churchill River Canoe Trip –> August 16 – 20, 2015

Day 1 of 5: August 16, 2015 Churchill River Canoe Trip

DAY TRIPS

April 19, 2015 Ghost Reservoir Paddle

May 10, 2015 Glenmore Reservoir Paddle

May 17, 2015 Prairie Pond Paddle

June 21 & 22, 2015 Prairie Creek Bicycle Tour

June 28, 2015 Edmonton Mosquito Swamp Day Hike

July 4, 2015 Rowley Natural Linear Park (Rails to Trails) Cycling

July 5, 2015 Rowley Rural Ramble – Cycling/Aspen Parkland Feature

January 23, 2016 West Bragg Creek – Day Hike

February 15, 2016 Westerdale – Cycling Day Trip

May 15, 2016 Madden Area – Cycling Day Trip

PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS

Is there a Future for Canoe Tripping and Bicycle Touring??

ANNUAL SUMMARIES

2013 Year in Review – Paddling

2014 Year in Review – Paddling

The blog focuses primarily on past canoe and bicycle trips. I have tried backpacking a few times, but my preference is canoeing and bicycle touring so I will focus on these only. Backpacking has been ruled out mostly because of occasional back issues, trying to minimize the accumulation of gear and avoiding the higher cost of ultra-light gear. So I stick with day trips for backpacking. The beauty of cycling and canoeing is you don’t have to haul any gear on your back and you can make do with lower cost, heavier gear.

I am from the Saskatchewan prairies and consider that the starting point (home base) from which the journeys expand outward. Therefore the blog will cover journeys both through and beyond the Canadian prairies. I now live in Southern Alberta where the prairies transition to the foothills of the Rockies. I hope to add more with future journeys to come. Enjoy!

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