Review: Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour Premiere

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Location: Famous Players Cinemas, 2200 Yonge Street, Toronto

Time: 7pm (doors opened at 6:30)

Host: The Complete Paddler, with proceeds benefitting Project Canoe

The 10th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival started off with a bang Thursday night, drawing the audience deep into a canyon with BIG whitewater in northern British Columbia. Festival organizers kept the energy flowing, premiering winners in several new and existing categories including two films highlighting the health of our [read: American] river systems and one sweet look at Greenlandic qajaq (kayak) culture.

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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 apart my sleep system, and then wriggled my feet into frozen boots and tried to get out of my tent. The zipper on my fly was frozen shut.

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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!)

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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 rest and feeling warm can do for one’s outlook. I popped out of my tent Sunday morning, raring to go.

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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… you get the idea.

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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 the car with me and an armload of last minute items (oh hello camp chair!) Friday morning before our first walk. Not a great start.

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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 hearty congratulations.

As we stood behind the receiving line, Brian paused from shooting, leaned over and said “I’m going camping in Algonquin January 16th to 19th.”

“Sweet! Do you have room for one more?”

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Petawawa Terrace

20121013 - fionn colorOur tires crunched over the gravel parking lot, indicating our arrival at our destination about 20 minutes after we left my tiny cottage-apartment in Pembroke. The Wheaten sat upright and whined softly from the back seat. As soon as we released him from his seatbelt he leapt six feet out the car door, nose to ground soaking up the scents. Mid-fall in the Ottawa Valley brought crisp blue skies, puffy white clouds, and long afternoon shadows while the warm, herbal scent of brittle leaves permeated the breeze. I grabbed my camera, a notebook, and my copy of Forest Plants of Central Ontario. My husband took on dog duty.Continue reading “Petawawa Terrace”