Algonquin Memorial to Brother Carlos

Algonquin Park never fails to inspire awe and wonder in me and this solo canoe trip in May 2018 was no exception. A very special discovery occurred - special in consideration of the circumstances and emotional impact it had on me.

Planning for the trip began in mid-2017 with anticipation and excitement building to a crescendo on May 11 as I drove to Huntsville, Ontario with 16-foot Kevlar Scott Prospector atop my Grand Cherokee. I had planned an 8-day loop starting at Cedar Lake entering through the Brent access point on the north side of The Park . I would layover in Huntsville Friday night and then drive up to Brent Saturday morning to start the trip. Ice-out had been very late this year and it was still unknown if Cedar Lake would be ice-free and navigable. 

Luck was on my side and I was able to start my journey on Saturday as planned. The trip would take me in a counter-clockwise direction from Cedar Lake, upstream on the Petawawa River through Catfish, Burntroot, Le Muir, Hogan and Philip Lakes then the Little Madawaska River to Radiant Lake and back to Cedar Lake via the out-flowing segment of the Petawawa River. I have taken several solo trips into Algonquin Park and look forward to the tranquility and opportunity to clear my mind and spirit. 

The route was planned so that the 3565 meter portage on the Little Madawaska River would be tackled later in the week with a lighter food load and a trail-hardened body and mind. I approached the portage that morning prepared for several hours of carrying canoe and pack. I had also entered 'the zone' the day before - that serene mindset that comes after 3 days of solitude in the wilderness.

This video captures that very special day on the Little Madawaska River portage. I hope you enjoy the video and share it with others. I would love to learn the rest of the story and share my find with Sheela and Monica.

Paddle In

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Paddle In

This darn website has been quiet lately. Life has a way of taking an unexpected turn when I let go of the reins. This is good. At least this time. When I created OutsidewithClyde over a year ago my plans were to begin a post-corporate life turning my love for the outdoors into a full-time passion. Well here I am two job changes later with less time to spend outside and even less time to create content to share with friends. This is good ... for now. and I will follow the current downstream. Hopefully I hear the sound of the waterfalls in time to pull over and get out before launching over the edge!

I have several gigabytes of raw GoPro footage from last year's outdoor adventures that are slowing getting converted into content. The final 2 parts of our fall trip to Lake Louisa in Algonquin Park need to be completed ... so I decided ... to start a new project! Yes, I know, moderation is not one of my strengths. But with the job changes and less time to spend outdoors and work on my website I have been reflecting on why the heck I started this OutsidewithClyde adventure. I suppose there are several reasons but a major motivation was to inspire others to get outdoors and experience the natural world. Hence the website, videos and stuff.

Which is the genesis for my new project ... writing the story of my first back-country canoe trip into Algonquin Park, Ontario in 1990 with our 4-year-old son. That story IS NOT about all the skills and equipment it took to venture into the outdoors because we didn't have any. At least not the kind needed for a trip into Algonquin Park with a 4-year-old. This story will be about just doing it ... jumping in ... or paddling in .. letting go of fear and doubts and giving it a shot.

If you got this far I am surprised and humbled. Unfortunately this incredible story of that first AP trip must wait to be told another day since I am still writing it! Probably on a plane or a train. But I do have a few other tidbits to share today that I hope you enjoy. While sorting and scanning old photos from that first canoe trip I found several pics from a latter trip to Ralph Bice Lake (formerly Butt Lake) in Algonquin Park in 1992 with my wife and two kids. 

 

 

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This is our son in his favorite camping attire or what I refer to as his 'Mowgli' impersonation. There are several campsites near and on the island on Ralph Bice Lake. This is one of our favorites with the rock porch and a sandy landing spot.

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This is our non Mowgli daughter in her favorite Algonquin Park attire enjoying a lunch break on David Lake with her mom Kristine.

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Mowgli and his sister often improvised ways to entertain themselves using organic ingredients. This toss-the-stick game kept them busy in camp for an afternoon.

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One our favorite pictures of the Mowgli cubs and their mom enjoying some rest together in the den.

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The paddle out at the end of our trip was very wet ... 

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... and very memorable!

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