Some Pretty Awesome Comfy Looking Pants

Some Pretty Awesome Comfy Looking Pants

Arizona Nights Yoga Pants

Found this site through a pin on the wonderful Pinterest 🙂 they have wonderfully comfy looking yoga pants that I’ve decided to gift upon my sisters (hopefully they don’t read this!) because they hold a love of colour and comfy clothing close to their hearts as I do.

While these yoga pants probably won’t make you the most stylish person around they certainly will stand out. And will be super comfy which is always a priority!

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Algonquian Trip

So we spend this past four days up in Algonquian Park on Cedar Lake in the north end. It was dog’s first trip and she took to it like a fish in water. She loved every minute! Unfortunately us human counterparts didn’t enjoy the weather as much as she.

Day 1

6 Hours in a car starting at 2 am, we reached the park at 9 am prepared for a long day of paddling and exploring. Disappointing though the wind were too high and made crossing Cedar Lake an impossibility in the canoes. Cedar Lake is large and is not canoe friendly in the best of weather and on Friday white caps were prevalent on the water so we camped out by the car hoping for better weather for day two.

Rain was being called for so as a precaution tents were tarped in the highest point of the site. After a good campfire everyone headed to bed. Around midnight we awoke to pounding rain that lasted well over and hour and flooded out the camp site. The tents at the highest point on the site stood in 4 inches of water and the lowest points had knee deep puddles. We had to sit out the rain in the cars hoping that the tents and sleeping bags wouldn’t be to wet to deal with the cold of the coming nights.

Day 2

High winds and rain were the par for the day. Majority of the time was spent trying to get a fire going or struggling to keep the tarps over the tents. The grommets where the tarps were tied through kept ripping out because of the buffeting winds. No canoeing that day either, though some of the braver members of the party went out fishing (unfortunately unsuccessful at catching anything worth eating).

Thankfully  rain mostly subsided by the time dark came around but the weather was still damp and misty pairing with the cold it was a recipe for the chills.

Day 3

The weather was inclined to be more agreeable at this point with sunny breaks through the the rainy parts. By the afternoon we had a long enough calm period to scoot the canoes across the lake into the calmer waters of the Nippising River for a day trip. It was a good day and we were able to get out to do what we had hoped for the trip, made it up some of the Nippising to see the beautiful views, autumn colours and the rapids, as well as to do some fishing (still unsuccessfully).

That night was the coldest we had seen yet with one member of our group sleeping next to the fire with his sleeping bag in hopes of drying it out of the water accumulated over the past damp days.

Day 4

Time to go home. We woke up early to eat a good breakfast and start to break down camp. By 11am we were on the move out of the park. Of course it was also beautiful and sunny out even if it was a bit cold. 11 hours later after dropping off some of our group we arrived back at our house with dog, exhausted and cold looking forward to a nice warm shower.

This trip had the worst weather I have had yet in the years I’ve been camping. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get into the interior to camp as planned but the landscape was still spectacular, the trip as wet and cold as it was still worth it. I have never regretted an outing to Algonquian and this trip while testing that was still awesome.

Camping Preperation

I am super excited for camping this weekend. I can almost guarantee all my posts this week will be camping centric! Here a look at what we are packing for this weeks trip. Normally myself and my sisters are super light packers (we get rid of weight however possible) but this trip I’m taking with my boyfriend’s family is just a long paddle in and no portaging so we are taking along some luxury items like folding chairs and coolers 🙂

Clothing:

  • Running Shoes
  • Rubber boots with Winter Liners
  • 4-6 pairs of socks (at least 2 wool pairs)
  • Long Underwear
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Shell Jacket (windbreaker or a rain jacket)
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • 1 Pair Sweat Pants
  • 1 Pair Shorts
  • Underwear & Bras
  • Gloves & Ski Cap

Equipment:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Therma-rest or Foam Pad
  • Fleece Blanket
  • Air Pillow
  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Backpack
  • Matches & Fire Starters
  • First Aid Kit
  • Camp Chair
  • Dry Sacks
  • Canoe & Ties
  • Compass & Map
  • Books
  • Headlamp & Flashlight
  • Camp Chair
  • Knife & Axe (or saw for firewood)
  • Garbage Bags
  • Rope
  • Carabiners

Kitchen:

  • Large Water Bladder
  • Water Purifying Tablets
  • 2 Water Bottles
  • Utensiles
  • Camp Plate & Mug
  • Food
  • Cooler or Food Barrel
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Stove (optional we don’t usually pack unless calling for rain)
  • Spices

Dog Stuff:

  • Blanket
  • Leashes (walking and a tie out)
  • Dog Coat
  • Dog Food & Treats
  • 2 Bowls

Hygiene:

  • Towels
  • Wash Cloth
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap (biodegradable)
  • Collapsible Bucket
  • Tooth Brush & Paste
  • Hair Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant

Roller-coaster Weather

This week has been a roller-coaster of crazy weather in Kawartha Lakes! So far this weak we’ve seen a massive thunderstorm roll through, bringing with it crazy high temperatures, it’s September and it felt like 43 degrees and now a couple days later we are looking at a high today of 12 degrees. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!

I hope this isn’t what we have to look forward to for the winter. If it’s going to be winter I believe it just need to stick with winter weather. There is nothing I dislike more than a constant cycle of melting and refreezing all winter, it just makes everything a mess and no one can do anything. At least if we consistently get snow and it sticks around there is all the winter sports to look forward to, there is nothing that can be done with slush!

Personally I can’t wait to have a solid layer of snow on the ground, I got a new pair of snow shoes at the end of the season last year and I’m excited to get to use them. Skiing and snowboarding are activities to look forward to and it also means skating and hockey 🙂

What are your predictions for this winter? What are you looking forward to?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup Yogurt (I use Vanilla Greek Yogurt)

¾ Cup Milk (any type of milk the original recipe called for almond or soy milk)

½ – 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pinch or two extra cinnamon if it suits your tastes

½ a Frozen Banana

Add, Blend and Enjoy! Yummy addition to breakfast or lunch 🙂