Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May Long Weekend and photo contest

Thanks to Thomas Strang for the great pictures sent in from the May Long weekend at the Log Cabin. Enter your great shots into our annual photo contest for a chance to win a free trip.

Guide Alex...

Voyageur canoeing ...

Beaver Dam Video

Nature appreciation moment.. John's Algonquin vignettes! Taken on the beaver pond trail at the Algonquin Log cabin.

Sunset canoe on Surprise Lake Video

Another Algonquin nature vignette... that's Peacock canoeing past the three sister's on Surprise lake taken during log cabin training a few weeks ago..

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cowboy Coffee with Johnny

The perfect finish to a sunrise paddle.. a cowboy cup of "Jo" served up by Johnny with style!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sunset And Spring Peepers Video

John's Algonquin Nature vignettes!. Love the sound of the spring peepers at the log cabin dock in May... enjoy!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Naturalist inspiration

Our Log Cabin team have had the pleasure of walking/ paddling the last few days with Naturlaist and birder extrodinaire, Robin Tapley. Robin's energy and enthusiam for birds is contagious. Above, our team are busy observing a cooper's hawk through our field glasses. Other sightings and sounds included nuthatches, yellow bellied sap sackers, grouse, all kinds of warblers, sawet owls, biterns, merlins, swamp sparrows.

Monday, May 07, 2007

First paddle - May evening on Surprise Lake

Early May brings our log cabin team back to Surprise Lake for spring training and a flurry of site projects. This afternoon, we pulled out and dusted off the canoes in time for an evening paddle down Surprise Lake to Moose bay. This May will be our 10th year on Surprise lake. I remember the excitement of paddling down Surprise Lake for the first time. In May , 1997, our marketing team decided it would be great to do a "bonding" canoe trip so we decided on an Algonquin canoe trip in the first weekend in May. Saturday came and we arrived and took off for North tea..in the pouring rain. By the time we reached the first rapid, we were caught in a full snow storm, whiteout and two office staff soaked and looking slightly hyperthermic. We retraced our route as fast as we could.. by the time we were back at the takeout, over 8 inches of snow had fallen. We made a beeline to the sanctuary of the lakeview cabin ( purchased 4 days before) on Surprise Lake and fired up the wood stove for a warm and cozy evening - as the snow accumulated outside.!

The next morning , the sun came out with the heat.... Eva, Yann and I took our first paddle around Surprise Lake. We were all so happy, so inspired by the lake's beauty. I never forget the excitement of paddling past the big island and down the lake into the sun.