It has been a long time since we last camped. But the past week we spent in the amazing Georgian Bay area of Killarney at Killarney Provincial Park. Our old dog was dropped off at my sister’s since we planned on hiking and kayaking beyond when she can handle. It is a sad reflection on how far our beloved pet has come with us. This is the first time we opted to let her stay behind because we felt she wouldn’t be able to keep up us. It was a fairly long drive up to the Park. We had mediocre pickerel fish and chips along the Trans Canada. The drive into the Park down the 637 from the Trans Canada seems to take forever. It is long and very uneventful.
Immediately upon arriving at the park, the skies opened up and it poured. We waited it out and the rest of the trip we had perfect weather. We were able to setup the site with relative ease. I guess we have finally figured out the tent and dining tent. We have also optimized eating at the campsite. At one point we made fairly elaborate meals, spending time preparing and cleaning instead of enjoying our surrounding. Now we prepare a lot of meals ahead of time and simply reheat and eat. This has worked out well for us. Last at night after we crashed we were awakened by trash pandas raiding our beer cooler. I guess they recognize cooler by sight and check them out regardless if they are “food” coolers. Ugh.
Tuesday we enjoyed a fairly strenuous hike called the “The Crack”. It was our first time having to scramble to reach a vista. It was well worth it, the view was spectacular. Bdot was still dealing with knee issues – but we still made good time – even with her being extra cautious. There was an incredible opportunity to see the stars with a good sized telescope in the Park. But I was totally gassed but regret not going. We met some really nice people across from our site and they went, they said you could see Jupiter and Saturn. Sigh. We also walked down to windy George Lake and wandered around the Park a bit. In general, the sites are very well thought out, well-spaced and in small groupings.
Wednesday we rented a tandem Kayam from the local outfitter. It was huge and heavy. We have done a lot of kayaking on smooth, flat lakes… Kayaking on Georgian Bay is another beast altogether. We were very concerned about wind and getting caught on the Bay. Fortunately, it was a relatively calm day. It was fun exploring the many islands. We saw many families of geese and some chatting muskrats. We did get a bit lost and tired at the end, but we eventually made our way back to recognizable landmarks. In the evening we caught the end of a sunset on sunset rock (located between sites 77 and 78). As per every evening, we enjoyed a fire, smores and a few drinks.
The final day (it seems far too fast) we did the Granite Ridge Trail. A much easier trail to get to a vista of the area. We also stopped into the town of Killarney for delicious Fish and Chips at Herbert’s. We relaxed on the pier and watched many boats drift in and out of the harbour. It was a nice way to enjoy lunch. We got gouged for $1.49/L for gas in Killarney. Good lord was a ripoff. Before leaving we wandered through the charming local resort on the edge of town and also walked to the Lighthouse. It was quite interesting stuck on the craggy coastline. I was happy to get my favourite ice cream Black Raspberry Thunder, even if wasn’t Kawartha Dairy.
In general, it was a great trip. Killarney is a lovely area to explore. We’ll be back for sure.
We enjoyed last week at the cottage we have been holidaying at for a few years in Apsley. With the exception of a day, we had beautiful weather and enjoyed the majority of the time on the dock and in the warm Jack Lake water. We spent the week with BBB’s family. Packing was the usual nightmare but it didn’t compare to the drive up and back. OMG. We tried a new system to strap down the SUP to the roof. Yes, it didn’t wobble as much but sweet zombie jesus, the strap noise was a shrill, non-stop torture. We tried many things to stop the painful sound but nothing dulled its menace. We thought it was the long strap that ran along the board so we surrounded it in a pool noodle on the drive home. That did nothing. So… either it was the large, sideways strap or there isn’t a way to make the screaming stop. The sound occurred over 50km…. on a 3hr drive. We had no choice but to endure… We will try another strap system because that sound could bring on a mental breakdown.
Bdot took full advantage of her SUP – she used it at least once, pretty much every day. She even beat us across the bay for ice cream, so she has become quite proficient on her board. I tried the ‘cottage SUP’ and it was fun for rec use but any type of serious paddling and it was like controlling a cement truck down a slalom course.
We also brought our Mountain Bikes which we took to Silent Lake for a ridhutse. And oh what a ride. We are used to well groomed, well-travelled trails… the trail at Silent Lake is NOT either, and we did the better yellow section. It was really bumpy and challenging. I even got tossed once after a bump/rut combo. I was a little stiff, but no serious harm. The bike trail follows the ski trail up and down hills through woods and fields. It was a monstrous work out. We took brief refuge in one of the ski warm up huts. Eventually, we thought we were close to done. We came to a split in the trail between staying on the Yellow/Blue trail or parking lot, we assumed the yellow trial would eventually lead us to the parking lot. It did not. It looped back to the hut we just came from… so, in our tired state, we did the loop again. While the trail was pretty fun, I think I would look for other options in the area to ride again. The blue trail that left from the Ski hut was really difficult and clearly saw much less activity. Go figure. I think my legs have finally forgiven me.
Midway through the week, we had a dreadful storm. It was pretty intense, I’d say even a low grade hurricane or micro-burst. It knocked down a few trees on the property and tossed off some heavy deck chairs into the bay. There was debris mess everywhere… I can’t recall a worse storm I’ve seen in person. (Other than Winter)
We had a few visitors during the week. Jess came for a night on her BMW motorcycle. Also, Vicky and her kids came for a night. This ratcheted up the noise level considerably. It was quite a contrast to the relative quiet of the final day with just the two couples.
In the past we have been able to catch a considerable number of ‘eating size’ fish. But this visit all we caught were small ‘throw back’ fish. Hmmpt.
Over two nights, Buck and I watched the final games of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The Canada/U.S. game was pretty incredible. Back and forth the entire game. It literally went down to the final second where Canada scored a controversial, unreviewable, goal… The broadcast showed the puck entered the net AFTER the 0.00 so it shouldn’t have counted. But the refs had no means to review and it would be impossible to make the perfect call in real time. Canada went on to win in OT. They played Sweden for gold. It was a much easier game for Canada – who, by the middle of the third were up a few goals, and it appeared that the Sweds threw in the towel. So it was gold for Canada with an asterisk.
It was a fun week for sure. We all got a lot of Sun and ate really well, relaxed and enjoyed the time together.
It looks like Humber has accepted me. It is a curious process as the application bounces between the OntarioCollege website and Humber. The confirmation has yet to show on Humber’s site. Hmpt.
Thanks to my Mom for the cookies and watching Zappycat.
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Huh, there is a new Medieval animated series on Netflix called Disenchantment.