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The hike to Grey Owl’s cabin in the Prince Albert National Park – a 40-kilometre out-and-back through pristine wilderness along picturesque Kingsmere Lake to the former home of famed conservationist, Grey Owl, his wife, daughter and, of course, his beavers. And, no, that is not a typo, nor is it a joke. Still funny, though. This well-marked trail is lined with 4 different campsites and is one of the most famous long backcountry hikes in all of Prince Albert National Park. Oh, wait, it is basically the only well-known backcountry hike in the park. And even the term “well-known” is probably a bit of a stretch unless, you know, you spent every summer at Waskesiu since you were too young to swear at the TV whenever the Blue Jays ran into an out at 3rd or missed the cutoff again. In that case, it would actually be sort of weird…

Recently we embarked on a fun little adventure up in the La Ronge area, a place I have somehow managed to neglect all these years despite it being less than 2 hours from our cabin in Waskesiu. Unless you count the late-night visit to the infamous La Ronge Zoo bar back when I was around 20, a visit of which I remember little, which is probably for the best. This latest trip was focused around Nistowiak Falls and basically amounted to a guided tour thanks to Laynni’s sister, Tahnni, who organized everything for the 6 of us (including Laynni’s parents, Lyle and Nadine, and Tahnni’s husband, Gordie, a Bruins fan who we just couldn’t seem to shake), right down to which dock to watch sunset from. Everything went off without a hitch, got some nice, sunny weather (if occasionally cool and windy) and got a great up close look at…

Are you looking for something fun and different to do in the Prince Albert National Park for the whole family? A float down the Kingsmere River has that lazy river feel while still being surrounded by tall trees and tall banks. It is extremely relaxing to slowly float down the winding river and enjoy the feeling of being out in nature, without actually having to do any work. Sure, the water’s inevitably going to be cold but, hey, it’s Waskesiu. All in all, a float down the river is a great addition to the many things to do around the lake. Higher water levels this year have made the river deeper, the “rapids” less problematic and the overall journey much smoother. Kingsmere Lake is a large, clean and quiet lake in Prince Albert National Park. While Waskesiu Lake offers a full service townsite, beach, golf and a myriad of terrific…

For the first time in about 6 weeks it finally feels like developments are slowing down into a “new normal”. As I so eloquently documented in COVID-19: Diary of an Outbreak, alarming news was coming thick and fast in the early days of March (can the Spanish really give up tapas?) as we made our slow foot journey along the Portuguese coast on the amazing Rota Vicentina trek, the best of Portugal’s hiking trails which goes along the Costa Vicentina through the beach towns and charming villages of Aljezur, Odexeice, Zambujeira, Almograve, Carrapateira, Vila Nova de Milfontes and Porto Covo along the way. Then toward mid-March all hell broke loose, unleashing a daily barrage of new fears, increased restrictions and updated body counts, every day featuring ominous political warnings, reactionary flight cancellations and even more logistical moaning on the part of professional sports leagues. Throughout Europe and North America (our…

There are always risks involved with travel. In fact, sometimes travelling feels like a constant string of playing the odds. Whether we’re hiking in remote mountains, boarding a chicken bus in Guatemala or eating street tacos in Mexico, we need to weigh the risks (altitude sickness, tragic crash, 12 hours on the toilet) against the benefits (amazing mountain views, travel for cheapskates, tasty and greasy) when making our decision. COVID-19 simply presented us with another risk/reward assessment. When things got crazy in March at the end of our incredible Rota Vicentina trek, we decided to stay in Portugal after considering both the benefits (weather, scenery, avoiding the mad rush of the airports and airplanes) and the risks (diminishing flight options, getting sick abroad, attempting to speak Portuguese). We know that even though it is possible for us to get seriously ill from the coronavirus, statistically, it’s not very likely. However,…

Well, it’s been over 4 months since my last post – hope you enjoyed your vacation. I thought it might be time for a quick recap of our first fall spent in Saskatoon since 2007, you know, for reference 20 years from now when I can’t even remember which supplements I’m supposed take with lunch, let alone what that weird 2018 autumn in SK was like. The whole impetus behind sticking around was Laynni taking a job in PA with the La Ronge Indian Band again, this time as project coordinator for their land code application. I won’t get into the details, but I can tell you that it isn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds. I, on the other hand, decided I should try to put some of this unexpected time to good use as well, engaging in a job hunt for the first time in some years. And,…

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