Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The adventures of Ted Bear

The adventures of Ted Bear

If you want to survive like me you've got to have a sharp wit, endurance, good looks and a backpack full of ingenuity....

Ahh... Chocolate chip muffins! Pffffft.... raisins!

I hope Bear Grylls is watching ;-).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WiFi in Algonquin Park

WiFi in Algonquin Park

Cedar Lake, Algonquin Park. Photo (c) Erich Angermayr

Experts and outdoor sports enthusiasts alike are currently discussing how much sens it makes to install WiFi hot-spots in some of Canada's Parks.

Both sides have valid arguments. Here's some articles, videos etc. to learn more:

To Connect or Disconnect? - A Walk In Algonquin Park

http://www.algonquinblog.com Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:40:56 GMT
Parks Canada announced that it is looking for bids for contractors to install WiFi Hotspots in up to 50 of it's parks this year. Now just so you know…that doesn't necessarily mean campgrounds as Parks Canada has 44 National ...
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Parks Canada wants to offer free WiFi with your portage trip ...

http://mobilesyrup.com Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:17:47 GMT
On the other hand, it isn't difficult to enable Airplane Mode for the duration of one's trip, and WiFi access will undoubtedly be limited to more heavily-visited areas of the parks. What do you think? .... The whole point of camping, going relatively deep into the wilderness, portaging in Algonquin Park, etc. is to get away from everything. J-Ro. Stupidest thing I have ever read. Soon our national parks will look like one giant starbucks. Blair Collins. I'd love to have wifi in parks.
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Is a Digital Detox on the New Year's Resolution list of anyone you ...

http://www.algonquin-park.org Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:27:38 GMT
One Algonquin Park nature retreat doesn't provide guests with wifi, so they can enjoy the bliss of being unplugged. No cell phone service, no internet, no text messaging….. instead, snow shoeing, dog sledding and lakefront ...
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WiFi In Provincial Parks…. - Reflections On The Outdoors Naturally

http://reflectionsoutdoors.wordpress.com Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:24:57 GMT
Somewhere in the “wilds” of Algonquin Park….on a backcountry canoe route…two figures are crouched around the glowing campfire….no make that the glowing portable TV….busy on their portable laptops. John the ...
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WiFi in the woods - Portageur.ca

http://blog.portageur.ca Mon, 15 Aug 2011 02:47:04 GMT
WiFi in the park Ontario Parks is expanding its services to include more accessibility – connection – by providing wireless services throughout the many parks throughout the province. The Pinery, for example, is now offering WiFi to its campers with plans to roll out similar accessibility to .... I rarely get cell phone coverage, but if I do (like anywhere along the highway 60 corridor of Algonquin Park), I will shamelessly tweet, upload a photo or update my status when I can.
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What is your opinion? Do you think WiFi in Algonquin Park (and other parks for that matter) is a good idea? Please comment below.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wild animals saved from certain death

Two amazing wild animals have been saved.

A 375 pound (170 kg) black bear has been saved from drowning after being hit by a tranquilizer dart. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Adam Warwick jumped in and pulled the bear out. Read the full story below:

Man Saves 375 lb. Black Bear From Drowning. This Guy Is The ...

http://practicallyviral.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:23:49 GMT

What do you do when you see a 375-pound black bear take a leap into the Gulf of Mexico? If you are Florida biologist named Adam Warwick, you heroically dive into the ocean without hesitation to rescue a six-and-a-half-foot ...

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The second rescue story happened in Baja California, US, where Michael Fishback of The Great Whale conservancey encountered a humpback whale entangled in a nylon fishing net.

Dramatic Rescue of a Humpback Whale in Baja California ...

http://www.expeditions.com Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:29:02 GMT

Michael Fishbach of The Great Whale Conservancy encountered a humpback whale entangled in a nylon fishing net drifting in the Sea of Cortez. His group radioed for help but was told it would be at least an hour before ...

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Watch the video below (about 8 min. long):

A big 'thank you' to those brave people that took on considerable risk to save the life of a wild animal.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mississippi Canoeing Adventure

The Mississippi river at Lake Itaska
(Photo: Christine Karim/Wikipedia)
Englishman Kevin Brady has just finished an unusual fund raiser: Paddling down the mighty Mississippi river for 2,000 miles (about 3,219 km).

The 30 year old started the 146 day canoeing trip in Lake Itasca (northern Minnesota) on September 15th and finished not far from Venice (Louisiana) in the Gulf of Mexico on February 8th.

Man triumphs in Mississippi paddle « Shropshire Star
http://www.shropshirestar.com Sun, 09 Feb 2014 09:30:17 GMT
A British adventurer has finished a mammoth charity canoe after paddling more than 2,000 miles solo down the Mississippi River. Kevin Brady had only one weekend on the River Wye to prepare for his epic paddle. Tweet.
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A very detailed diary about Kevins adventure can be found here:

Here's a list of further resources about canoeing the Mississippi river:

The First Hundred Miles are the Longest

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Author:John Shaffer
Manufacturer:River Dog Publishing
In the summer of 2002, John Shaffer, his dog Shoba, and his father Terry set out in two canoes to paddle the length of the Mississippi River. The trio paddled through intense weather conditions, met all sorts of interesting river people, and learned ...
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Down the Mississippi

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Manufacturer:Mark Twain Museum Press
When CNN citizen journalist Neal Moore slid his canoe into the headwaters of the Mississippi River to begin a 2,300-mile odyssey across the midsection of the United States, he was acutely aware of another American who filled his tales with what he sa ...
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Canoeing Mississippi

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Author:Ernest Herndon
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Offering lively currents, big woods, abundant wildlife, and plenty of solitude, the great number and variety of Mississippi's waterways debunk the stereotype of muddy, stagnant sloughs harboring clouds of mosquitoes and swarms of snakes. Outsiders-an ...
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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Snowshoeing - boost your winter workout

  (Photo credit: Denali National Park and Preserve [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Winter time is snowshoeing time. With all the cold weather and plenty of snow it's time to head out in the woods. You never tried snowshoeing before? Well, read this...
5 reasons to try snowshoeing – Cottage Life
http://cottagelife.com Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:50:04 GMT
Yes, getting outside can be a bit intimidating—especially with the bone-chilling temperatures we've been experiencing this season—but snowshoeing is probably the easiest way to get out and have fun. Sure it won't get you into the Sochi ...
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Really? Is snowshoeing the Holy Grail of winter Activities? Find out here...
The Holy Grail of Winter Activities, Snowshoeing - PilotGirl - Blogs
http://blog.timesunion.com Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:14:21 GMT
Rather than find this pair of mountain sheep atop Hadley, they were wandering the icy roads below as if they needed a lift. Snowshoeing Hadley Mountain. Sunday was much too nice to work inside so six of us escaped to the ...
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Boost your winter workout and burn 1000 calories per hour!
Get Fit Snowshoeing This Winter | Tubbs Snowshoes
http://news.tubbssnowshoes.com Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:56:24 GMT
Did you know snowshoeing burns 420-1000 calories per hour? Build cardio, strength, agility, and endurance all at once when you snowshoe in the cool fresh air. BOOST YOUR WINTER WORKOUT. Buddy Up & Burn
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Need some tips? Here's the Snowshoeing 101:


Have you tried snowshoeing this winter? Let me know in the comments below.