Dreaming of adventure in 2017

Last fall, we were planning a trip to Algonquin to hike the 35km Highland Backpacking Trail.

I know, I know. Who hikes in Algonquin? That’s THE place to go to canoe/portage. Just take a moment to do a quick Google search of this trail. It’s beautiful. And it comes highly ranked as one of the top hiking trails in Ontario. A must see! I wanted to complete the 35km trail (as opposed to the 19km loop), because what’s the point of going all that way if I’m not going to hike the entire trail? I’m a bit of a completionist.

We had it planned. We booked the days off of work. And as the day approached, I eagerly checked the forecast. It was October, so chances are it would be chilly. But I was determined that if I packed enough and wore enough layers, mittens, socks, sweaters, jackets, moisture wicking clothing… I could do this. It would work.

And slowly, my dreams of a fall hike started to dwindle. 50% chance of rain. 60% chance of rain. 70% chance of rain. 90% chance of rain.

We made the call to stay home. We cancelled our vacation days (to be used another time). We stayed in, listened to the rain, and watched a movie instead. I don’t think I’m prepared to do this as a winter adventure. As much as I’d like to. I don’t have winter camping gear or experience. I get cold easily. And winters in Northern Ontario can be quite harsh. Especially so if you’re under-prepared.

So I’ve resigned to waiting. 2017 is going to be an epic year.

We’ve already begun to plan some adventures (and I’m sure there will be more than what it planned). We will definitely make it to: Algonquin, Tobermory (and finally visit The Grotto), Cape Croker, Bon Echo. Maybe Killarney, Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, Red Rocks.

Hello world!

Obligatory “Hello World” blog post goes here.

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Hey there! Amber here. Blogging from Ontario, Canada. I’m a writer of sorts. I also do video things. I love rock climbing, cats, dogs, crafty things and cooking. Not necessarily in that order.

I used to blog a lot while I was a university student. I had a personal blog that talked about cooking on a budget. I used that to help me get started writing. Many classes required me to blog about academic articles, and projects.

When I struck out to find my career path (about 2 years ago now), I quit blogging cold turkey. I found lots of reasons not to blog. My interests have changed. I don’t want go back to the blogs I once wrote for. I’m tired of being on the computer at the end of my day… Yet, I still feel I need a creative writing outlet.

Guess what? I’m blogging again. The intention is to keep this a fun hobby. I’ll write when I feel inspired. I won’t feel obligated to post on any sort of schedule. I’m ok with holding onto something for a while before I share it. I won’t worry about getting photos with my DSLR – cell phone pics will suffice if that’s what I have available. I wish I could say I won’t look at stats — but I will. It’s nice to see what you’re interested in reading.

What will you find on this blog? You will find recipes, especially if I’m trying something new and adventurous. Lots and lots of cat pictures. Because I’m a crazy cat lady. Pictures and stories of camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Happy reading!