In 163 days, our family will be putting our canoe in the water for our annual wilderness camping adventure.
In 11 days, I will go online to book this trip.
I will have no less than 3 itineraries mapped out in front of me. I will have no less than 3 sets of possible departure/return dates blocked off on the calendar. As with every year, it will be a tricky negotiation as I compete for the “best” sites on our preferred dates.
In 69 days I will begin menu planning and shopping. There will be 7 days worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 4 people... better make that 5 people since my eldest is now a teenager and eats enough for two. I will spend upwards of 72 hours dehydrating fruits, vegetables and meats. I will weigh out and portion close to 7 pounds of snacks. I will purchase sufficient fuel for our stove to boil 90L of water. I will re-order water filter cartridges that pump 750L. We will be well fed.
Six weeks before the trip I will order visa gift cards that I earned on points, to cover 2 tanks of gas. We will drive 3 hours and 52 minutes to get there; plus at least 1 pit stop along the way; unless we take the scenic route. Then it might be longer.
One day before our departure, we will load 1 bear barrel, 1 small collapsible cooler, 4 paddles, 3 adult size backpacks and 1 children's backpack, 4 life jackets, 1 first aid kit, 2 cameras, 1 tent, 4 sleeping mats, 1 large tarp, 4 cooking pots and pans, 1 water filter, 1 stove, 2 maps, 8 books and field guides, a half dozen magazines, and 4 sets of clean clothes for “post-trip travel” all into our car, and 1 very large canoe on top.
Over the course of the trip, we will traverse 6 portages, paddle 5 lakes and sleep 8 nights at 3 different locations. We will likely enjoy at least 4 hours leisure paddling, 8 hours exploring hiking trails, and at least that many hours swimming in the water. I plan on spending a minimum 1 hour per day in the hammock. I will likely snap 400 photos documenting the whole trip.
In 171 days, as we head home, I will feel as if our whole adventure was spontaneous and easy... and I'll start planning the next one.
Lisa has a degree in biology and environmental science as well as a 750-hour certification in Hatha Yoga, obtained from the Esther Myers Studio in Toronto. Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, she has been teaching yoga as her primary career since 2008 with focus on children, youth and family practices. Lisa's passions include wilderness camping with her family, refurbishing thrift store finds and creating healthy, environmentally friendly products