Here's the thing: I have these moments when I realize that I'm both living a life I never dreamed possible, and one that I can't really justify.
As a child, I endlessly obsessed about other places, but the assumption was simply that I would never get to go there. My family wasn't the type to take vacations to exotic destinations (or go on trips, period). The one time we left the country and/or went on a plane trip was when we moved from southern Germany to northern Ontario, Canada. That was it. For years, I thought that even - ever - seeing Germany again was out of reach for me. Getting into planes and going places for no reason - you just don't *do* that.
Now, in my 30s, I very much do that. I am still excited, each and every time, when I have the opportunity to go to places I only knew about through books and encyclopedias (oh, how I used to envy people who had *encyclopedias*, even. I was a geek from the time I could read. Maybe even earlier.) It still doesn't feel real, the lifestyle I've been leading over the last few years. This notion that it's pretty easy to just *go* somewhere, it doesn't sit as easily with me as you might think. There's not just the whole emissions guilt (and of that, there is plenty) but also this sense that I am walking a fine line to entitled brat.
And yet... one of the things I like best about my life is getting to see new things, and having interesting friends. I know some terribly interesting people, and always want to know more. So e-mail me.
This page is rarely updated anymore. The blog, however, is. Some shortcuts to particular content are below.
|Date||Location & Details|
|July 2007||Somewhere near the Naiscoot, kayak trip|
|July 2007||Sibley-Rossport, kayak trip|
|July 2007||Massassauga Park, kayak weekend|
|April 2007||Desert roads and penguins, northern Chile|
|April 2007||Tourist, Valparaiso, Chile|
|April 2007||Generic touristing, Santiago, Chile|
|February 2007||Pipestone Loops and Lake Louise, Alberta|
|November 2006||Palliser's Triangle, eastern Alberta|
|November 2006||Chinese Ethnic Culture Museum, Beijing|
|November 2006||Great Wall of China ; a walk from Janshanling to Simatai|
|November 2006||Beijing, China ; make like the tourist I am|
|September 2006||Massassauga Park ; kayak weekend|
|August 2006||Visiting an ocelot kitten in Panama|
|August 2006||Hike near Miramar, Panama ; overnight backpack|
|August 2006||Bird Island, Panama ; daytrip|
|August 2006||In the jungle, Bocas del Toro, Panama|
|August 2006||Lake Superior Provincial Park ; Kayak trip|
|July 2006||Isle Royale National Park (USA) ; Kayak trip|
|July 2006||Western Islands ; GLSKA trip|
|June 2006||Massassauga Provincial Park ; GLSKA trip|
|June 2006||Fathom Five National Marine Park ; GLSKA trip|
|May 2006||Lower Madawaska River ; Long weekend ww canoe trip|
|May 2006||Eramosa River ; Canoe daytrip|
|May 2006||Lake Opeongo ; Early season kayak weekend|
|April 2006||Saskatchewan ; field trip for work|
|April 2006||Snake Islands ; Earliest Georgian Bay trip yet|
|April 2006||Lake Ontario ; Early season kayak daytrip|
|March 2006||Horseshoe Valley ; Spring cross-country skiing|
|March 2006||Scenic Caves and Duntroon ; Cross-country ski weekend|
|March 2006||Fagernes, Norway ; Cross-country skiing and log cabin weekend|
|March 2006||Open-air museum, Oslo ; off-off day on work trip part 2|
|March 2006||Vigeland Park, Oslo ; goof-off day on work trip|
|December 2005||Igloo building in Deep River|
|December 2005||Outside the Soo ; goofing off at home|
|December 2005||Tunnel Mountain and Johnston Canyon, Banff ; dayhikes|
|December 2005||Sulphur Mountain, Banff ; dayhike|
|October 2005||Niagara Escarpment ; cycling|
|October 2005||Allgäuer Alps, Germany ; dayhike|
|October 2005||Barron Canyon and Grant Creek ; Canoe daytrips from Deep River|
|September 2005||Ile Perrot, Montreal ; Kayak daytrip|
|September 2005||Horner Lake, Algoma District ; Canoe trip|
|September 2005||Snake Islands yet again ; Last Bay trip of the year|
|September 2005||The Tartan Army in Oslo ; Work trip|
|August 2005||High Dump, Bruce Peninsula ; Kayak trip|
|August 2005||Long Point Provincial Park ; Day paddle and skills improvement|
|July-August 2005||Killarney to Parry Sound, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|July 2005||One Tree Island, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|July 2005||Rennell Sound and Gray Bay, Haida Gwaii, B.C. ; Car camping adventures|
|July 2005||Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, British Columbia ; Kayak trip|
|June 2005||Rendezvous 2005 ; Kayak club gathering weekend|
|June 2005||Snake Island, Georgian Bay ; Kayak skills refresher|
|June 2005||Point Abino, Lake Erie ; Kayak daytrip|
|June 2005||Flowerpot Island, Fathom Five National Marine Park ; Kayak trip|
|May 2005||Big East River, Muskoka, Canoe day trip|
|May 2005||McCoy Islands, Georgian Bay, Ontario ; Kayak trip|
|April 2005||El Norte Chico, Chile ; Work trip with goofing off|
|April 2005||Holman Island, Inuvialuit, NWT; Work trip|
|April 2005||Yellowknife, NWT; Weekend stopover|
|March 2005||Iqaluit, Nunavut ; Work trip|
|January 2005||Helsinki, Finland ; Work trip|
|January 2005||Franklin, West Virginia and Breathing Cave, Virginia ; Caving trip|
|December 2004||Quebec City, Quebec ; Work trip|
|November 2004||Elora Gorge, Ontario ; Day hike|
|September 2004||Rock Lake, Bruce Mines, Ontario ; Weekend trip home|
|August 2004||Traversee de Charlevoix, Quebec ; Aborted multi-day hike|
|August 2004||Mingan Arichipelago ; Kayak trip|
|June-July 2004||Arctic Bay, Baffin Island, Nunavut ; Work and exploratory trip|
|June 2004||Snake Islands, Georgian Bay ; Kayak rescue practice weekend|
|May 2004||Dead Island, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|April 2004||McCrae Lake, Ontario ; Kayak trip via Georgian Bay|
|February 2004||Silent Lake, Ontario ; Yurt camping|
|December 2003||Bruce Mines, Ontario ; Snow shelter comparisons|
|November 2003||Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario ; Urban kayak trip|
|November 2003||Big Slide Mountain, Adirondack State Park, New York ; Day hike|
|November 2003||Urban Paddling in Hamilton Harbour ; Kayak day paddle|
|October 2003||Britt to Dead Island ;Georgian Bay, Kayak trip|
|September 2003||French River ;Whitewater canoe training weekend|
|August-Sept. 2003||McCoy and Limestone Islands, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|August 2003||Naiscoot River, Georgian Bay, mudbash ; Kayak trip/drag|
|August 2003||Bayfield / Charles Inlet, Georgian Bay ; Girls' kayak weekend|
|August 2003||Moira Cave Exploration ; Caving trip|
|July 2003||Hattie Cove to Michipicoten, Lake Superior ; Kayak trip|
|July 2003||Britt to North Naiscoot River, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|June/July 2003||Umbrella Islands, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|June 2003||Snake Islands, Georgian Bay ; Kayak rescue weekend|
|June 2003||Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, British Columbia ; Solo hike|
|May 2003||The Massassauga, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|May 2003||Killbear to Sandy Island ; Kayak day trip|
|April 2003||Blue Ridge, Killarney ; Ultralight bushwhacking backpack|
|April 2003||Minesing Swamp, Ontario ; Canoe day trip|
|March 2003||MacKenzie Falls and Lake Superior Ice, Thunder Bay ; Dayhike|
|March 2003||Silver Falls, Thunder Bay ; Dayhike|
|March 2003||Norway Lake and Blue Ridge, Killarney ; Winter camping|
|February 2003||Cyprus Lake Igloo Building ; Winter camping|
|Feburary 2003||Northern Bruce Peninsula Snowshoeing ; Hotel-based adventure|
|January 2003||Mew Lake, Algonquin Park ; Yurt camping|
|December 2002||Singhampton, Ontario ; Dayhike on snowshoes and cave exploration|
|December 2002||Bat Cave (revisited), Desbarats, Ontario ; Cave exploration|
|December 2002||Rock Lake, Algoma ; Dogsledding|
|December 2002||Roberston Lake Cliffs, Algoma ; Dayhike on snowshoes|
|December 2002||Warsaw Caves, Warsaw, Ontario ; Cave exploration|
|November 2002||Mount Nemo, Halton Region, Ontario ; Cave exploration|
|October 2002||Blue Ridge off-trail, Killarney ; Bushwhacking backpack|
|October 2002||Canoe Lake to Burnt Island Lake, Algonquin Park ; Canoe trip|
|September 2002||Byng Inlet to Dead Island, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|September 2002||Robertson Lake Cliffs, Algoma ; Dayhike|
|August 2002||North Tea-Manitou-Biggar Lakes, Algonquin Park ; Canoe trip|
|August 2002||Little Current-John Island, North Channel ; Kayak trip|
|July 2002||Michipicoten Island/Pukaskwa Coast, Lake Superior ; Kayak trip|
|June 2002||Ottawa-Kingston, Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour ; Supported bike trip|
|June 2002||Franklin Island, Georgian Bay ; Instuctional kayak weekend|
|April 2002||Cyprus Lake, Bruce Peninsula NP ; Hiking weekend|
|December 2001||Bat Cave, Desbarats, Ontario ; Cave exploration|
|September 2001||Jubilee-Moccasin-Misty Lakes, Algonquin PP ; Canoe trip|
|July 2001||Michipicoten River-Agawa Bay, Lake Superior ; Kayak trip|
|May 2001||Cyprus Lake, Bruce Peninsula NP ; Hiking weekend|
|Feburary 2001||Kaslo and West Kootenays ; Winter adventures|
|August 2000||Key River-Bustard Islands-French River, Georgian Bay ; Kayak trip|
|August 1999||Sinclair Cove-Gargantua, Lake Superior ; Kayak trip|
|June 1999||Canoe-Tepee-Tom Thompson-Brule-Mackintosh Lakes, Algonquin ; Canoe trip|
My Highly Selective Links
Markus. My oldest brother, provider of webspace and peak bagger. Since 2002, my web pages live on his server.
Matthias. The other older brother, provider of digital toys and occasional rants.
Beth. Really funny trip reports. And a cool woman.
Andrew. Mountaineering and a whole lot more, plus a well-designed website.
Chris. Increasingly daring wilderness adventures and another well-designed site.
Rick. Road trip from California to Tierre del Fuego and Panamanian reforestation project.
Rolf. aka Blazing Paddles. Not so much a personal website as a solid outdoors-oriented family-run business.
Clare Kines. On-going account of building a B&B and life in general in the High Arctic.
White Squall. For kayaks, lessons, gear store, maps, books. Georgian Bay.
Naturally Superior. Same idea as White Squall, but Lake Superior.
Ontario Parks. For campsite reservations and park overviews.
Parks Canada. Same idea, national version.
Chrismar Maps. Annotated topos designed for adventure travel.
Softmap. Scaled, scanned topos for all of Canada at 1:50,000.
MEC Online. Gear lust happens.
Clubs and Forums
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association.
Canadian Canoe Routes Forums.
And Because I'm more than Outdoors Geek
KCRW. Every life needs some music.
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