Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Well I am happy to report that the CC2007 trip log is about 1/3 completed and after a bit of a hiatus from all things Algonquin, my head is again swimming with trip ideas. Yeah!!

I am still looking at ideas for the trip with my daughter next summer. I want a challenge, but not too much of challenge. I want portages, but too many. I want comfort, but don't want to be overburdened with gear. I have decided that I will bring a collapsible chair, but will not be bringing any other bulky luxury items. I am looking at this trip as a solo trip with company, so although I will be bringing items like the chair that I normally wouldn't, I will be planning the food , route and most of the gear like I will have to carry it all...'cause I will! LOL! Lauren will be responsible for her clothes and personal items, but the rest is up to me, so I have to be careful not to bring too much.
The portages will all have to be double carries, so again this factors into what we bring and the route. Lots to think about, but fortunately I have the winter to plan it all out.

Ever since Gerry and I started our annual trip into the Back-country, I have been considering buying a canoe. The only thing (other then the money...) that prevented me from buying one was that I couldn't justify it for one trip a year. Well next year I plan on doing as many as three trips:

  1. Lauren's Trip
  2. CC2008
  3. ...and maybe another solo trip
So now it starts to make sense....dollars and cents. To rent a canoe for 4 days is about $150. So I would be looking at $450 to go on these 3 trips. If I can get a high quality, lightweight, Kevlar canoe for about $1000 ( and I can...courtesy of eBay) then I could have it paid for in 2 years! But that's just the start! If I had my own canoe then I could go on more trips...even overnight trips and bring the kids with me. I am still back and forth a bit, but for the first time I have almost convinced myself that this would be "the best move", but convincing Tanyia might be a bit harder.

My back is feeling better and I have scaled back my workouts a bit to give it time to heal. I should be going to chiropractic more often, but I am looking for a new guy. Not that that the one I have been using isn't good, but I want to get a second opinion.

The boys hockey is in full force. Jacob has taken up just where he left off last year and is doing great. His first game is at the end of the month and he is scheduled to play in 3 tournaments. He will also be our tournament goalie, but will play forward for most regular season games. Ethan is struggling with his first year of hockey. I think he thought it would be easier then it is...after all, he had sat in the bleachers watching his older brother all last year. How hard could it be? He is improving, but he has already said that he would prefer to do something else next year and I am fine with that.


Suds said...

I know what you mean about the canoe. I've thought that if I took the plunge to buy one, I'd do more trips because the kids would love it I know. But then I think, if it doesn't get used enough and the pay back creeps longer than 2 years then it's harder to justify. But you know how we operate buddy, we can justify almost anything!

Regarding the chiro, have you considered the other one in town in the Massey Building next to the gym that closed down? Dr Brown... he was pretty good when saw him in the past. Perhaps you want someone more removed from Clark since Brown started out with Clark. There's always Barbe (sp?) over in B-ville. Marie like him 'cause he doesn't do the "cracking" treatment.

Well, I've just finished a late night at work so I'm gonna head out, I just wanted to catch up on your blog and say "Hi!".


Anonymous said...

So I was reading through a little bit but I don't see a prognosis on the tenthammock nor one on the chosen valley yoke pads. Did either of these schemes pan out for you? Or were they a waste of money?