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25 Jul, 2017

Camping questions and answers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I write about our camping adventures every year, and every year I have the same problem: how much detail should I provide? On one hand, the details are good to recount for me and my family (i.e. blog as scrapbook) but can be a bit long for casual readers. I will try to find a […]

25 Jul, 2017

Camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

We arrived later than we had intended on Sunday, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It meant that we only waited 30 minutes for the rain to stop instead of 60+. I love camping, but bad weather – especially given the amount of rain we’ve had these few couple of months – […]

I’m bummed that I haven’t had a lot of time to write here these past few weeks. Part of this is because we were away camping this past week and the week before was overfull with (a) work and (b) life. But that’s the way it goes sometimes. Sidebar: I totally feel like Little Miss […]


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  • andrea tomkins: We've had great luck at some campgrounds, worse luck in others. Part of it, I think, is a roll of the dice. If you booked a site near a rowdy group, y
  • Misty Pratt: I'm curious to hear all about it! We did Bon Echo 3 years ago. We had one of the walk-in sights (dumb idea in hindsight, since we had a toddler that h
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, part 1 - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] a soggy mess the entire time. Also, related to that: bugs. Bon Echo had been buggy to the extreme the last time we were here so I drew a nat
  • andrea tomkins: Hi Ross! Thanks for your comment. I think the answer depends a little bit on (a) one's income and (b) how much a person values these "bucket list" sty
  • Ross Brown: Having a fear of heights, especially on things that move/vibrate/sway, I could never do this and hold down my meal, so thanks for bringing us along.
  • andrea tomkins: For what it's worth, here's a link to the Citizen article in case someone is looking for a new bike route in Ottawa: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/lo
  • andrea tomkins: They are adorable critters. Like mini black bears!

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