I prefer canoeing, but I never judge how people travel in the wilderness. I don’t think the ATV is Lucifer’s chariot, or that backpacking seems to be just one very long portage and I don’t believe kayakers look like dogs rubbing their butts across the carpet floor. In fact, I spent few days kayak tripping with blogger Camper Christina just last week. She went on two canoe trips with me this season and she thought it was only fair that I join her on a kayak trip this time around.
Despite it being one of the buggiest and wettest summer seasons I can remember in my region, I still managed to sleep in a tent 52 nights so far…with lots more to come. That meant I was able to really test some cool gear for the long haul—not just some quick overnight review. Here’s my short-list of my best gear choices for the season so far:I got this jacket last fall and have been wearing it exclusively ever since.
I was auctioned off for charity last week. My canoe buddy, Andy Baxter—that guy on my YouTube channel who looks and acts like comedian Red Skelton—organized it through his work at the Ministry of Natural Resources. It was for the Federated Health Charity and the silent auction was held at Peterborough, Ontario’s Robinson Place. The winner received a full guided trip in Algonquin Provincial Park with Andy and I, complete with the usual antics and giggles that go along on our trips.
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