Monday, January 31, 2011

Stew and Brew - a stag to remember

The Log Cabin played host to a quality group of guys who mixed snowshoeing, backcountry skiing with craft beers and stews to match. The Stew and Brew is listed as a refined stag and this gang was bang on for both outdoor exploration and the brew/ stew tasting.As a hockey die hard, I was especially excited to see Justin, Jonathan and the boys arrive with sticks and skates. On top of enjoying a good beer, these boys share my passion for rink maintenance and all weekend took a lead role in shoveling , flooding and tweaking the surface to get a good game of shinny. A truly wonderful weekend with a great group of men.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Winter Outdoor Education at Algonquin Park

We love when students come to visit and these past few weeks have been a ton of fun working with the College groups from Sir Sandford Flemming. It is so rewarding to work with students who bring such enthusiasm to learning and embrace all things winter. Our groups had a chance to dogsled, back country ski, snowshoe and sleep in three different styles of winter accommodation. Thanks Ric and Val and look forward to seeing you back up here again soon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Traditional Winter Camping

Over the last few weeks, we have been out on the trail with some Flemming College Outdoor Ed. students. Part of our program focuses on traditional winter travel by snowshoe and winter camping using canvas prospector tents which are heated by wood stoves. The heat and comfort of the tents with wood stoves really make winter camping enjoyable !

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sundogs and Winter Rainbows over Kawawaymog Lake

I walked out the door this cold January morning to see sundogs appearing as rainbows floating over Kawawaymog Lake. Sun dogs on each side of the rising sun are caused by ice crystals in the sky on a very cold morning. Dispersion of light in the ice crystals also produces the rainbows. Since there are ice crystals in the air between the island and the camera, the rainbow is also visible in front of the jerry's cabin.