Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Blogging Award Nomination

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.. Thank You!

Very cool!  Family Outdoor Adventures has passed this award on to me.  Thank you!

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award.


1. Describe yourself in seven words. 

Family, funny, crazy, adventurous, persistent, awkward, content

2. What keeps you up at night?

A million little things running through my head…the peace and quiet at bedtime allows my mind to run when it should be resting

3. Whom would you like to be?

Nobody but myself.

4. What are you wearing now?

Jeans and a t shirt, no socks.

5. What scares you?

Standing still.

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

The best: Trading ideas with like minded people and broadening my perspective with those who aren’t like minded.

The worst:  Time suck! I’ve got a very busy life and blogging requires a time commitment that I wasn’t prepared for!

7. What was the last website you looked at?

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’d like to able to lift small cars with one hand and also to read minds.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

What’s a slanket?

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you

I was nominated by Family Outdoor Adventures. I love reading about a young family trying to get outdoors!

Here are the blogs I’d like to pass this on to!

Obstacles = Success on Algonquin Hike

The boys are back from their hike in Algonquin Provincial Park. It was a resounding success. While Zach seemed to find the first section tiring, his enthusiasm was reignited when the hiking got MORE difficult! Luke also found that what they referred to on the trip as “obstacles” made the hiking more interesting and took their minds off of their pack loads. Deadfall on the trail, uphills and giant mud puddles traversed by balancing on logs were far more fun than the boring old straight aways.

The weather was perfect and the report back from Fraser was that the gear we have set the boys up with worked perfectly. Zach rocked his new Deuter Fox 30 backpack and Luke took along his trusty MEC Big Squeeze. Both boys were in new hiking boots as well. While they’ve been breaking in them in for a while now, this was the first real hike that they were tested out on and there were no complaints. Luke sported Keen Targhee II Mid’s and Zach’s Timberland’s provided blister free comfortable feet.

With our longest and most challenging hike to date just short of three weeks away, my mind is now at ease that our boys are well prepared and looking forward to the fun. And there won’t be any lack of obstacles in Pukaskwa, the terrain will be one challenge after another. So obstacles beware, we’re coming to get ya!

Now THAT’S an obstacle!

I Have Reservations…

The day you make reservations with a park is always a good day.  You might be tired, pulling a long shift at work, maybe you got a call from the kids principal…again, but the promise of an adventure on the horizon makes it all okay.

I never fail to get giddy when the dates have been booked and the details have been settled.  There is a light at the end of a cold winter tunnel. Well today is one if those days and I’m jumping out of my skin.  I can picture long days of paddling and portaging followed up by relaxing swims and basking in the sun.  I can already feel the pent-up stress of too many weeks without a trip and too many months since one that was warm, melting away.

I guess some people get this feeling when a flight is booked for an exotic destination, but I yearn for the dipping paddle and the crackling fire, the loons at dusk calling across the stillness of the lake.  I can picture it perfectly and it brings a smile to my face.  A knowing smile that says I won’t have to picture it for long, soon it will be a happy reality.

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