2014 Trips

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Camped  Camped | 4 places | 23 nights | 1376 km


Camped Kring Point State Park (Redwood, NY)

MS Ina - 04

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 8/10 | Our experience: 8/10

May 15-19, Picnic Island, Site 94: 15A, VAC not measured. What a park! Kring Point is surrounded by water on all sides with the St Lawrence flowing beyond a rocky berm at the back of our campsite. It's a great place to relax - a fresh breeze, great ship spotting and plenty of birds - we saw robins, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, sparrows, geese, loons, cormorants and gulls. Massive rocks abound, smoothed by wind and rain. We were surprised to find that the electrical supply was 15A instead of 30A - stranger still that the boxes were labeled 20A and there were 20A plugs installed. We didn't record the voltage at this site since it was too cold to use the AC anyway.

As is often the case, this Victoria Day weekend marks our first trip of the season with a group camping event - Eight families, in this case. Starting the year with friends at such an idyllic location... what more could you want?

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Not so good:

Although we've heard that this park can be difficult to get into, we shall persevere. We will be back - although maybe not in the heat of summer, unless we buy a generator.

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Camped Charleston Lake Provincial Park (Lansdowne, ON)

Early morning - 03

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 Our experience: 8/10

June 20-24, Bayside CG, Site 234: 30A, 117VAC. We've been to this beautiful park in the fall but this was our first summer trip - and what a trip! Our time at Charleston Lake encompassed Dawn's birthday so we made sure she got the most of her day. And Emily brought a friend for two nights - they had a blast together swimming, paddling and playing at the beach.

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We had a great time and we loved the site - when we return we'll try for the same one.

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Camped Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

Loon

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

July 18 to 20, Nairne Island Campground, Site 38: water, 30A electric @ 113V. Our third visit to this park, this time with camping friends.

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We had a great time and our friends, who live just a half hour from the park, have found a place they'd like to revisit.

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Camped Mew Lake (Algonquin Provincial Park, ON)

Spruce Bog guided walk - 13

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

July 27 to August 9, Mew Lake CG, Site 22: 120 VAC. Back to wonderful Algonquin Park for the third year in a row.

I've said it before but it's worth repeating - there's something magical about Algonquin Park. You're never at a loss for things to do, even if they're simple things like sitting by the fire or taking an afternoon nap in your favourite chair. Time seems to pass more slowly - after a thoroughly enjoyable first week I felt I'd been there a month. This trip we saw an abundance of wildlife - bears, moose, beavers, hares, turtles, frogs, squirrels, chipmunks and all sorts of birds - Blue jays, Common mergansers, Wild turkeys, Common grackles, and the ever present ducks and geese. The chipmunks and squirrels were especially bold and taunted Bella the camping kitty to no end. And we rain the gamut of weather, from cold and rainy to hot and sunny. We hiked, biked, kayaked and swam through it all; most of our time in and on the water was spent in nearby Lake of Two Rivers and on a branch of the Madawaska River.

We had a chance to get reacquainted with camping friends we hadn't seen for several years and we got to meet their friends too. More friends came to stay with us for a few days during the second week, and that was a great time. And we met lots of nice folks in the sites around us.

We did have a few mishaps this trip.

  1. My phone failed just after we arrived, as we were setting up camp. I had the display replaced earlier this summer and it looks like a faulty part; it will be replaced at no charge while I wait when the new part arrives. Strangely enough I think I enjoyed the trip more for the phone's absence.
  2. The auto switchover valve for the propane tanks failed on the left side; that will have to be repaired or replaced.
  3. The liftgate latch on our Sequioa failed for the second time since we bought the truck. I tried a campground patch-up but I couldn't make it work. Last time it cost almost $500 to repair and I'm looking online for tips on fixing it myself.
  4. We had some uninvited guests - mice. FIVE at last count. Bella killed the first one (good kitty!) - we caught her playing with it one morning. She found the second one and it was still alive when we got to it, so out the door it went. The third, fourth and fifth were trapped and the traps set last night are still untouched. Fingers crossed that we've eradicated the lot.

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Overall, another memorable stay at the grand-daddy of Ontario Parks. Oh, we'll be back!

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Planned Sandbanks Provincial Park

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October, 3 days. Seventh annual Sandbanks family Thanksgiving. Unfortunately we had to cancel due to a medical emergency.

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