Monday, January 28, 2008

Holy Name of Mary goes for Gold!




Holy Name of Mary school is up at the Algonquin Log Cabin for a fantastic custom log cabin adventure! As part of their Duke of Edinburgh, Gold programme we have been learning winter camping and survival skills, building quincies and exploring the Surprise Lake area both on skiis and snowshoes.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Algonquin Snow Report with Randall-update February 1



Winter is back on track! We have great snow conditions up at the Algonquin Log Cabin, with a solid snow pack now covered with over 30cm of light fluffy snow. It makes for scenic though at times arduous skiing and snowshoeing on the extensive network of trails around the Cabin.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Testing the Lake Ice



A group of Duke of Ed participants from Holy Name of Mary high school use an auger to get their drinking water. Also, they analyse the thickness and quality of the ice. The 30cm plus of solid, dark ice means it could hold a motor vehicle with ease. The skiers are safe!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Algonquin Snow Report with Randall - update January 20



If you think this is chilly, should have seen it before the warming sun came up!
Luckily the Custom Rental staying at the Log Cabin proved to be a hearty bunch. Hockey kept them warm!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Custom Log Cabin Rental goes for Frosty Snowshoe



Out for a snowshoe trip on the island. Add the cold temperatures to the new snow and it is an epic outing! After a hot lunch they were keen for more.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Setting up the Wall Tent


Jody and I have been busy setting up the wall tent at the end of Surprise Lake. The wall tent, a popular option for enthusiastic outdoor groups staying at the log cabin , sure takes a lot of wood in the stove to keep it comfortable! Our first night in the tent was quite comfortable inside while it was twenty below outside ! We awoke to a stunning clear day, and the lack of wind meant the thin layer of snow on the lake ice provided for a long lasting record of animal tracks! There were abundant moose tracks, fox, and snowshoe hare crisscrossing our sled tracks from the day before. When I went out for a ski in the bright afternoon sun, I was excited to come across wolf tracks. Following them for a bit, I was surprised to come up to Jody’s and my tracks from an hour before, where the two sets of wolf tracks veered off their earlier course and pursued ours. Puzzled, and a little apprehensive, I looked over my shoulder to see if perhaps they were intent on catching up to my ski tracks. The wide still expanse of bright white betrayed no movement. I skied alongside the tracks for a few minutes more, coming to where the wolf tracks finally diverged again from the human tracks and continued on their relaxed way across the lake. How neat to have the tables turned; it made me wonder who was investigating whom!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Algonquin Snow Report with Randall- update Jan 2

Sun at last! A crystal clear blue-bird day. Minus 23 celsius means the extra long johns for sure! Cold, crisp and stunningly beautiful winter day. Now our batteries are recharging and I find even myself even more energy to shovel off the rink on the lake.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Self Guided Exploratory Snowshoe Mission Braves Lake Ice!

This group of intrepid friends from Ottawa is here to enjoy the Algonquin Log Cabin experience for New Years Eve. They are super happy to ‘do their own thing’ and having free run of the kitchen and barbeque, they are certainly going for gourmet, with all kinds of specialty sausages and homemade dishes, with Turkish coffee, etc. A great way to ring the New Year! The next day they braved the lake-ice and crossed to the Island Trail for a self-guided snowshoe outing. Unfortunately, they said, no wolf sightings! They look forward to returning, maybe in the summer to explore more of the great trails.

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